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.  

Other Writing Competitions for Students

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

May 18, 2018 - Andrew P. Vance Writing Competition (current issue in customs or international trade law); $1,000.

June 1, 2018 - Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing (a paper on any legal subject); $10,000.

June 4, 2018 - Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition (a topic of significance in either city planning or associated areas of law, such as land use, local government, or environmental law); $2,000 and publication in The Urban Lawyer.

June 8, 2018 - Adam Milani Writing Competition (disability law); $300-1,000.

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 15, 2018 - MCAA Student Essay Contest (original research paper relating to Asia); $100.

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 - Warren E. Burger Prize (a essay addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics, and professionalism); $5,000 and publication in the South Carolina Law Review.

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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