November 28, 2018 Law Students

Student Competitions

The ABA Health Law Section provides two student award opportunties for law students:

  • Annual Law Student Writing Competition
  • ABA-BNA Award Program for Excellence

For more information about these opportunties, please explore this webpage, or contact Rachel Blakley at


Looking for Writing Opportunities?

The Health Law Section is pleased to announce its Annual ABA Health Law Student Writing Competition, a writing competition open to any law student in good standing and currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, over the age of 21 and who is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States (“Competition”). The first place award is publication in The Health Lawyer, a $500 honorarium, and attendance at the ABA’s Emerging Issues in Healthcare conference which includes the cost of airfare, at ABA rates, hotel for two nights and a $50 per diem for two days. To learn more, see competition guidelines.

Sixth Annual Scholarship Program 

The Health Law Section of the American Bar Association is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Scholarship Program for law students interested in the health law field to attend the Emerging Issues in Healthcare Law Conference  on March 13-16, 2019 at the JW Marriott, Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL. 

Applicants must be members of the ABA and Health Law Section and attend an ABA accredited law school.

The partial scholarships are intended for those who would not otherwise be able to attend the conference, and those who have not previously received financial assistance from the Section to attend the Emerging Issues Conference.  The scholarship includes up to 500.00 dollars for airfare, $150 per diem for up to three days to offset cost of hotel and meals, and conference registration fee.  There will be up to five scholarships awarded each year.

The deadline to submit an online application is December 19, 2018. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Simeon Carson, Director, at

Click here to apply now!

ABA-BNA Award Program For Excellence

Each year the American Bar Association and BNA invite law schools around the country to participate in the annual ABA/BNA Award for Excellence. The intent of the program is to honor superior academic performance and to encourage student interest in the field of Health Law. BNA and the ABA Health Law Sections are proud to present this award.

Each law school may select, using the Nomination Form for ABA-BNA Award for Excellence, up to three (3) second or third-year students with the highest grade point average or similar criteria in a basic health law course. If the school has separate day and evening programs, a separate set of awards will be offered for each program.

Schools may designate winner(s) on this site. Upon receipt of the designation, BNA will send the appropriate certificates for presentation by the school, or will mail them directly to the students. 

The notice to each student will also include a list of ABA/BNA treatises in Health Law, from which the student may make one complimentary selection. Students are encouraged to request books from the web site.

Questions may be addressed to