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 2020 KBA Annual Student Writing Competition?

The Kentucky Bar Association invites and encourages students currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky College of Law, the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, and the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law to enter the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition.  This competition offers these Kentucky legal scholars the opportunity to earn recognition and a cash award.  First, second, and third place awards will be given.  Entries must be received by June 1, 2020.

1st Place - $1,000 *   2nd Place - $300

 3rd Place - $200

Students may enter their previously unpublished articles.  Articles entered should be of interest to Kentucky practitioners and follow the suggested guidelines and requirements found in the “General Format” section of the Bench & Bar Editorial Guidelines.  For inquiries concerning the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition or to receive a copy of the Bench & Bar Editorial Guidelines, contact Shannon Roberts at or call (502) 564-3795 ext. 224.

Submit entries with contact information to:

Shannon Roberts

Communications Department

Kentucky Bar Association

514 West Main Street

Frankfort, KY  40601-1812

*Also includes possible publication in the Bench & Bar.

The NLR Law Student Writing Competition 

No entry fee is required. Applicants can submit an unlimited number of entries each month.

  • Winning submissions will be published according to specified dates.
  • Entries will be judged and the top two to four articles chosen will be published on the NLR website.
  • Each winning article will be displayed accompanied by the student’s photo, biography, contact information, law school logo, and any copyright disclosure.
  • All winning articles will remain in the NLR database for two years (subject to earlier removal upon request of the law school).