Law Student Writing Competitions

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 Annual Meeting.

Additional information is available online at the ACLM website.

Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition

Global Markets Law Journal Writing Competition News

International Humanitarian Law (IHL)

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 2015 Competition is “The Intersection of International Humanitarian Law and Gender.” Papers should focus on ways in which IHL intersects with gender issues, such as the role of women as combatants, the gendered use of sexual violence during times of armed conflict, the impact of gender stereotyping on international humanitarian law, etc.

Deadline: Early October

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) Student Writing Competition

Law Student Scholarship Opportunities

The Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association Foundation

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 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 applications is in late March.

Elizabeth Fitzwater Memorial Scholarship

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.
  • Deadline for the next year is in late December of the prior year.

Diversity Clerkship Program details

Just The Beginning Foundation

Contact: Program Director

  • Deadline for the summer is in early January
  • 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 opportunities (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.

Just The Beginning Foundation Summer Judicial Externship Program

National Lawyers Guild Fellowship

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.
  • Deadline is for applications is the middle of January.
  • Students apply for either an internship with a sponsoring organization or may submit a proposal for a student-initiated project.

Haywood Burns Memorial Fellowship for Social and Economic Justice

The American Society of International Law

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.
  • Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the first 50 correctly completed applications are received or until early January. Only the first 50 completed applications will be considered.
  • Fellows will undertake their fieldwork between April and September 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

Arthur C. Helton Fellowship Program

GLBT Bar Association of Washington

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.
  • Deadline is middle of March.
  • 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.

QLaw Summer Public Interest Grant Program

Williams Institute at UCLA

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.
  • Deadline for applications is late March.

Williams Institute and Gleason Kettel Summer Law Fellowship