Many national, state and local bar associations and other legal organizations afford students the opportunity to compete for a variety of fellowships and scholarships and in numerous legal writing competitions.
Fellowship programs are often associated with law-related internships that provide students with exceptional practical legal training and important networking opportunities.
Scholarship programs, while helping to defray the cost of law school attendance, offer additional benefits — the prestige of being the only student or one of a small number of students to be selected for the scholarship as well as opportunities to network with the attorneys who are awarding the scholarship.
Essay-writing competitions enable students to hone their legal research, writing and advocacy skills; produce a writing sample for prospective employers; and, possibly, have a published work that can be promoted on a resume.
Be sure to check PSLawNet, the online source for information on public interest careers and opportunities. The site has information and resources on postgraduate fellowships in a variety of practice areas and employers, including those in government, public interest organizations and educational institutions. Their database includes moe than 300 fellowship listings and an application deadline calendar.
Legal Scholarship Blog
Check this blog, sponsored by University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the University of Washington School of Law, for law-related calls for papers, workshops and conferences.
Mendes Hershman Student Writing Contest
The Business Law Section of the American Bar Association sponsors this annual contest to encourage and reward law student writings on a business law subject of general and current interest.
Elliot A. Spoon Business Law Writing Competition
Sponsored by the Michigan State University Journal of Business & Securities Law, this competition accepts articles from current law students on any current topic concerning business or securities law.
Trandafir International Business Writing Competition
Sponsored by Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, in conjunction with the University of Iowa College of Law International and Comparative Law Program, this annual world affairs student writing competition is open to all law students.