Writing Competitions and Scholarships

Law Student Writing Competitions

2014 American College of Legal Medicine Writing Competition

Every year, the American College of Legal Medicine (ACLM) presents an award for the outstanding original paper on legal medicine. All students studying Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Podiatry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Science, Healthcare Administration or Public Health are encouraged to compete.

Hirsh Award Winner – $1,000
2nd Prize – $500
3rd Prize – $250

The first place paper will be named the Hirsh Award Winner. In addition, the ACLM will pay the Hirsh Award Winner’s costs of travel and lodging to present his or her paper at the ACLM 2014 Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX.

Deadline is January 6, 2014 Additional information available online

2014 Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition


2014 International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition

The purpose of the Competition is to enhance scholarship in international humanitarian law among students, as well as to deepen their understanding of this important and evolving area of law.

The Competition seeks submissions of academic papers on a particular theme of international humanitarian law (IHL) from students currently enrolled in a law degree program in the United States or abroad. The theme of the 2014 Competition is "International Humanitarian Law and Emerging Technologies." Papers should focus on the ways in which IHL intersects with emerging technologies such as nanotechnologies, drones, autonomous systems, cyber warfare technologies, etc.

Deadline: February 16, 2014

Law Student Scholarship Opportunities

Elizabeth Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship

The Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association Foundation is pleased to announce establishment of the Elizabeth Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500.00 to be awarded in May 2014 to a deserving second year law student who demonstrates a strong interest in practicing law in the public service/public interest sector in the South Hampton Roads area of Virginia, and who meets the criteria established by the Selection Committee.  The deadline for the application is March 25, 2014.

Summer Funding Opportunities

Diversity Clerkship Program, ABA Section of Business Law
Contact: Leslie Banas

  •  $6,000/Summer
  •  Encourages students to pursue business court clerkship opportunities and to consider careers in the practice of business law. During the internship, there will be both substantive programming and networking opportunities.
  •  To be eligible, students must have completed their first or second year of law school at the start of internship.
  •  2014 Deadline: December 27, 2013

Just The Beginning Foundation Summer Judicial Externship Program
Contact: Program Director

  •  2014 Deadline: January 6, 2014
  •  For law students in the pipeline towards a legal profession, Just The Beginning Foundation offers resources and opportunities to assist students by exposing them to various legal opportunies (externships), helping to build resumes and assisting them in making the way through the job market and to the job that best suits them.
  • Students must be available to work 35 hours per week during the Summer Externship period.

Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice
National Lawyers Guild, National Office
132 Nassau Street, Suite 922
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 212-679-5100

  • Pay: The stipend will be $2000. The stipend may be supplemented with work-study grants and student fellowships.
  • Duration: Fellows are required to work full-time for ten weeks. Starting and ending dates are negotiated between the fellow and the project.
  • 2014 Deadline: January 14, 2014.
  • Students apply for either an internship with a sponsoring organization or may submit a proposal for a student-initiated project.

Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program
The American Society of International Law
2223 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Contact: Veronica Onorevole
Phone: 856-380-6810
Fax: 202-797-7133

  •  Pay: $1,000 micro-grants.
  •  2014 Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the first 50 correctly completed applications are received or until Monday, January 13, 2014. Only the first 50 completed applications will be considered.
  •  Fellows will undertake their fieldwork between April 2014 and September 2014 in association with an established educational institution, international organization, or non-governmental organization working in areas related to international law, human rights, and humanitarian affairs.
  •  Funded by contributions from ASIL members, this one-time award will provide financial assistance, "micro-grants" of up to $1000, for law students and young lawyers to pursue human rights work and research. Fellows will undertake their projects in affiliation with an established NGO or human rights organization

QLaw Summer Public Interest Grant Program
Spencer Anderson & Buhr, PLLC
1700 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100
Contact: Cynthia Buhr
Phone: 206-328-8048
Fax: 866-592-8490
Seattle, Washington 98101

  •  Pay: The award consists of a maximum of $5000 for 10 full-time, 40-hour weeks.
  •  2014 Deadline: March 14, 2014.
  •  The GLBT Bar Association of Washington (“QLaw”) will sponsor summer internships for law students seeking low or unpaid summer internships serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) community or people with HIV/AIDS are encouraged to apply. The Public Interest Summer Grant Program is designed to encourage innovative new projects while developing the critical skills necessary for law students developing careers in the public interest. will design legal projects to be sponsored by a non-profit, government, or tribal Students organization. The sponsoring organizations will provide the student with legal supervision and administrative support over the course of the ten (10) week internship.

Williams Institute and Gleason Kettel Summer Law Fellowship
337 Charles E. Young Drive East
Public Policy Building Room 2381
Los Angeles, CA 90095

  •  $5,000 stipend to spend the summer working with an organization, scholar, or research center, focused on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.
  •  2014 Deadline: March 28, 2014.