Intellectual Property Writing Contests

American Intellectual Property Law Association - Robert C. Watson Award

The Watson Award of $2,000 is awarded to the author of best article on a subject relating to the protection of intellectual property. To be eligible for consideration, the article must have been written solely by a student or students either in full time attendance at a law school (day or evening) or prepared in connection with a law school course.

Student Intellectual Property Writing Competition - IDEA®

IDEA®: The Intellectual Property Law Review is proud to announce our Annual Student Intellectual Property Writing Competition. We are looking for original, publishable papers addressing compelling issues in intellectual property law. The awards for last year included: 1st prize - $500 and publication in IDEA®; 2nd prize - $200; and 3rd prize - A one-year subscription to IDEA®.

New York State Bar Association - Annual Law Student Writing Competition

To be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Intellectual Property Law Section, New York, NY, to the authors of the best publishable papers on subjects relating to the protection of intellectual property not published elsewhere, scheduled for publication, or awarded another prize. First Prize: $2,000 sponsored by Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP. Second Prize: $1,000 sponsored by Morrison & Foerster LLP.

The New York Intellectual Property Association - Annual William C. Conner Intellectual Property Writing Competition

Each year, the Association presents awards for excellence in writing by law students in the field of intellectual property law. The awards are named in honor of The Honorable William C. Conner, Senior District Judge, Southern District of New York.

Entertainment Law Initiative Legal Writing Contest 

The scholarships are a joint effort of the GRAMMY Foundation and the ABA Forum on Entertainment and sports Industries to provide law students with opportunities in the field of entertainment law. All five winning articles will be published in a major law journal. The winners are also flown to Los Angeles where they are honored at the Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon in front of an audience comprised of some of the top entertainment attorneys in the country. The winners also attend GRAMMY week events including the GRAMMY Awards telecast, and the MusiCares Person of the Year Dinner. 

Berkeley Technology Law Journal Writing Competition

The Berkeley Technology Law Journal is soliciting entries for our annual student writing competition. We will accept submissions from JD candidates on a wide variety of topics at the intersection of law and technology, including but not limited to: intellectual property, antitrust, First Amendment, entertainment and new media, telecommunications, biotechnology, internet, and cybercrime. First prize includes $2,000.

Virginia State Bar IP Section Law Student Writing Competition

The Virginia State Bar Intellectual Property Section is seeking papers written by law students who are attending law school in Virginia or are residents of Virginia attending law school outside of Virginia relating to an intellectual property law issue or the practice of intellectual property law.  The winner receives a cash prize of $4,000.  The judge of the final round of the competitor is the Honorable Richard Linn, judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.