Writing Competitions

Best Brief Competition

Sarah Wertz is the winner of the 2018 Best Brief Competition.  The other finalists were Doug McIntosh, Julia Mumm, and Kelly Wilfert.  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.

Nov. 9, 2018 - NY Bar International Writing Competition (public or private international law topic); $2,000 and publication.

Dec. 1, 2018 - ACCFSL Writing Competition (consumer financial services law topic); $1,500 and travel expenses to Vancouver.

Dec. 18, 2018 - Center for Legal & Court Technology (legal issues relating to A.I.); $2,000.

Jan. 31, 2019 - American Indian Law Writing Competition (legal issues concerning indigenous peoples); $1,000 and publication in the American Indian Law Review.

Apr. 8, 2019 - Environmental Law Institute Writing Competition (current issues of constitutional environmental law); $2,000, publication, and membership in ELI.

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

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