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

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

Nov. 10, 2017 - Albert S. Pergam International Law Writing Competition (any area of public or private international law); $2,000 and possible publication in the New York International Law Review.

Nov. 10, 2017 - Securities Law Writing Competition (any subject in the field of securities law); $5,000 and a paid trip to the ASECA's Annual Dinner in Washington D.C.

Dec. 1, 2017 - Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest (see specific topic on the flyer about "temperance as a permissible goal of state alcohol regulation"); $5,000.

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

Apr. 19, 2018 - Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition (environmental law topic with constitutional or federalism components); $2,000 and publication.


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


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