Writing Competitions

Best Brief Competition

Lindsey Klarkowski is the winner of the 2017 Best Brief Competition sponsored by the Legal Research and Writing Program.  Charis Zimmick is the runner-up in the competition.  Other finalists are Miles Walser and Julia Walsh.  Congratulations to these great legal writers!

The Best Brief Competition is an annual event that recognizes outstanding legal writing by first-year students.  The Legal Research and Writing faculty select the best appellate briefs written by their spring semester students.  Next, Wisconsin attorneys evaluate the semi-finalists' briefs to determine who will become finalists.  A panel of Law School faculty then evaluates the finalists' briefs to decide the winner. 


Other Writing Competitions for Students

These are listed in chronological order by deadline.  Only the top prize is listed.


Jan. 2, 2018 - Entertainment Law Initiative Writing Competition (an essay with a proposed solution to a compelling legal issue confronting the music industry; see website for full details); $10,000 scholarship; 2 tickets to 3 events, including the Grammy Awards; and airfare and hotel in New York City.

Jan. 8, 2018 - Federal Bar Association Tax Law Writing Competition (20-page essay on tax law); $2,000 and a trip to Washing, D.C. for the FBA's Annual Tax Law Conference in March 2018.

Jan. 15, 2018 - College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers Writing Competition (any aspect of workers' compensation law); $2,000 plus $1,000 to the winner's scholarship fund.  The winner's article will also be considered for publication, and the winner will be invited (expenses paid) to the Annual College Induction Dinner.

Jan. 17, 2018 - Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition (topic on law of the workplace); $3,000.

Jan. 31, 2018 - American Indian Law Review Writing Competition (any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples); $1,000 and publication in the American Indian Law Review.

Mar. 3, 2018 - Trandafir Writing Competition (any contemporary international or economic concern); $2,000 and publication.

Mar. 30, 2018 - Companion Animal Law Writing Contest (companion animal law or per custody law); $2,500.

Apr. 9, 2018 - Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition (environmental law topic with constitutional or federalism components); $2,000 and publication.

June 15, 2018 - College of Labor & Employment Lawyers Writing Competition (areas affecting labor and employment in the U.S. and/or abroad, including a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine); $3,000, possible publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, and attendance at 2 events.

June 29, 2018 - Robert C. Watson Award (article on an intellectual property topic); $2,000 and expense reimbursement to attend the annual meeting of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

July 1, 2018 - ABA Criminal Justice Section Greenhalgh Writing Competition (Does using a cell-site simulator constitute an "unreasonable" search in Fourth Amendment terms?  If not, why not?  And if yes, why and when?  See contest details for issues that must be addressed.); $2,500 and up to $800 in travel expenses to attend a CJS event.

July 6, 2018 - Tannenwald Writing Competition (paper focusing on technical or policy-oriented tax issues relating to any type of existing or proposed U.S. federal or state tax or U.S. federal or state taxation system); $5,000.

Other legal writing competitions for students are collected at: http://www.suffolk.edu/icompetewriting


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