Columbia Law School students with an interest in environmental law can participate in several competitions each year. This page includes a selection of recent opportunities.

White River Environmental Law Writing Competition

The Vermont Journal of Environmental Law has just announced the launch of the third annual White River Environmental Law Writing Competition.  The winning essay will receive a $1000 cash prize and an offer of publication with the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. All students at accredited United States law schools are invited to submit original articles that address a relevant topic in environmental law. Last year's winner was Luis Inaraja Vera of New York University School of Law. You can find Luis's article, Compelled Costs Under CERCLA: Incompatible Remedies, Joint and Several Liability, and Tort Law, in VEJL Volume 17. Additional submission requirements and deadlines can be found on the VEJL website.


Environmental Law Institute Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) is pleased to announce the 2017-18 Henry L. Diamond Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition. This annual competition invites law students from across the country to submit papers exploring current issues of constitutional environmental law. Our goal is to recognize students who have advanced the state of scholarship through original analysis of cutting-edge topics in this area. The winner receives a $2000 cash prize, public recognition, an offer of publication in ELI’s flagship journal, the Environmental Law Reporter (ELR), and a one-year individual membership to ELI. 

For more about the competition and past winners, please visit the ELI website for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessye Waxman at [email protected] or (202) 939-3860.


Energy Law Writing Competition

The RADER Committee is pleased to announce it will once again be the lead SEER Committee sponsoring the 2018 Energy Law Student Writing Competition. 

Law School Students – Students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the 2017-2018 academic year are eligible to participate. Submissions may be on any issue related to energy law (e.g., a submission may advocate a position, educate the audience on an issue, analyze a case, etc.). 

Cash prizes of $1,000, $750, and $500 will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners, respectively. 

These winners will also have their winning entries published in an upcoming RADER Committee Newsletter.  Submissions must be sent by email attachment to [email protected] with the subject line “Law Student Writing Competition: Energy Law.”

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Thursday, May 31, 2018.  If you are a law student, please consider participating in this competition. If you know of a law student who is interested in participating, please feel free to forward this message to them.  

For more information and a link to the complete competition rules ABA's official rules.

For more information about the Committee and upcoming events, visit our RADER Committee webpage.