Best Brief Competition

Olivia Schwartz is the winner of the Spring 2019 Best Brief Competition.  The other finalists were Michael Doering, Camilo Mesa, and Josi Wergin.  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 from among those 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

Competitions are listed by deadline date.  Only the first prize is listed.

  • January 15, 2020 - American College of Legal Medicine - Hirsh Award Writing Competition in Law, Medicine and Bioethics (any aspect of legal medicine) - $1,000, one-year membership in the College, and travel expenses to ACLM 2020 Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, to present paper.

  • January 17, 2020 - Center for Alcohol Policy - National Essay Contest (next steps for alcohol policy in the US following the SCOTUS decision in a 2019 case; see link for topic details) - $5,000.

  • January 22, 2020 - ITT Chicago-Kent - Louis Jackson Memorial National Student Writing Competition (any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination) - $3,000 and publication on the Institute for Law and the Workplace website.
  • February 28, 2020 - American Indian Law Review Writing Competition (any legal issue concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples) - $1,000 and publication in the American Indian Law Review.
  • March 13, 2020 - American College of Coverage Counsel - Practical Skills Writing Competition on Insurance Law Problem (problem based on Romeo and Juliet--see website for full facts and issues) - $2,000 and an invitation to attend the ACCC Annual Meeting in Chicago on May 6-8, 2020  (NOTE:  You must give notice of your intention to participate by emailing the sponsor no later than January 10, 2020.).
  • April 24, 2020 - ABA Family Law Section - Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest (any aspect of family law) - $1,500 and possible publication in print or on the website.  (NOTE:  You must submit the entry form by Friday, April 10, 2020, or your essay will not be accepted.)
  • April 30, 2020 - Public Citizen - Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Competition (court secrecy) - $5,000
  • June 15, 2020 - College of Labor and Employment Lawyers - Law Student Writing Competition (any topic that is relevant, engaging, and useful to labor and employment lawyers in their practices) - $3,000, possible publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, and an invitation to the College's Annual CLE Program and Dinner.

Other legal writing competitions for students are collected at:

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