Writing Competitions

The Yale Law Journal Forum Student Essay Competition

The Yale Law Journal is excited to announce its first Student Essay Competition. The Competition is open to law students and recent law graduates nationwide. Up to three winners will be awarded a $300 cash prize. Winning submissions will be published in the Yale Law Journal Forum, YLJ’s online component. All Forum pieces are fully searchable and available on LexisNexis and Westlaw, as well as on our website.


Cybersecurity Awareness Week Law & Policy Competition

The CSAW 2017 Law & Policy competition seeks teams of students with law, policy, engineering, and other backgrounds to enter a unique competition involving compelling issues at the intersection of cybersecurity, law, and technology. Teams will respond to a first-round prompt with a 3,000 word submission by October 1, 2017. Finalists will have the opportunity to expand their papers and receive funding to compete in oral arguments before a panel of judges at the CSAW conference in New York on November 9-11, 2017.


Environmental Law Competition

The U.S. Constitution has long been interpreted by judges and understood by most Americans to support comprehensive environmental protection. However, arguments questioning the constitutional legitimacy or application of environmental law continue to be made, while other parties have brought constitutional and common-law claims in support of preserving or expanding environmental protections. ELI invites law students to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. This annual writing competition is made possible through the generous support of Beveridge & Diamond PC, one of the nation's premier environmental law firms.