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Writing Competitions

Below is a list of writing competitions which are open to students. Please check back periodically, as the Office of Student Services receives new writing competitions throughout the semester. 

If you have additional questions, feel free to contact Mary Beth Aber, Cocurricular Programs Coordinator, at

2018 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition

This Competition is sponsored by Criminal Justice (“Section”) of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (the “Sponsor”). The goal of the Competition is to encourage law students to become involved in the Section. It is also intended to attract students to the Criminal Justice practice field, and to encourage scholarship in this field. 

The contest is open to students who, on the date the entry is submitted, attend and are in good standing at an ABA-accredited law school within the United States and its possessions. Membership in the Criminal Justice Section is not a requirement. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age and legal permanent residents or citizens of the United States. Employees, officers, directors of the ABA and members of their immediate families are not eligible.

The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize that may be presented at an agreed-upon CJS event with approved transportation costs not to exceed $800 to be covered by the Section. In addition, the winner’s law school will receive a plaque from the ABA’s Criminal Justice Section. At the sole discretion of the editorial board, the winning entry may be selected for publication in Criminal Justice magazine, subject to editing.

Rules and Topic Information

Application Deadline:
All entries must be received by the editor no later than July 1, 2018, 11:59 pm CST.

Send entrie to Erin Remotigue, Editor, Criminal Justice Magazine, American Bar Association, via electronic submission by e-mail to

ABA Forum on Construction Law 2017-2018 Writing Competition

For the past seven years, the ABA Forum on Construction Law has held an annual Law Student Writing Competition. Through the Competition, the Forum introduces itself to the next generation of construction lawyers and pursues its mission of “Building the Best Construction Lawyers.” And, talented law student writers gain the opportunity to demonstrate their skill to the Forum and attend its fall meeting. The Law Student Writing Competition was prompted, in part, by the increasing number of law school courses dedicated to construction law.

All law students in good standing and attending an ABA accredited law school during any time in 2017 or 2018.

The winning author receives a $2,000 prize, travel expenses and registration for the 2018 Forum Fall Meeting in early October in Montreal, Canada* (where the winner is introduced and receives a plaque), a one-year Forum membership, recognition in The Forum newsletter, Under Construction, the Forum Flash, and on The Forum's website, plus the opportunity to be published in one of the Forum's two publications, Under Construction or The Construction Lawyer. In addition, the judges may choose to recognize one or more authors as finalists, who will receive recognition and the opportunity to be published.

Application Deadline:
The deadline for submission of articles is Monday, July 9, 2018. All articles should be submitted in Word format to Marilyn Klinger at and Tamara Harrington at

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