Best Brief Competition

The semi-finalists in the Spring 2022 Best Brief Competition are Jessica Biggott, Morgan Bloch, Lily Broyles, Claudia Drace, Stephen Goettsche, Catherine Harding, Taylor Hatridge, Jodi Klagos, Madeline Koengeter, Tracy Lu, Carter Mickelson, Margaret Min, Kyle Minden, James Moes, Sadie Murray, Jill Patzner, Hayley Rich, Sarah Ross, McKailah Strang, Diedre Suri, Nicholas Surprise, and Laura Yurs.

The Best Brief Competition is an annual event that recognizes outstanding legal writing by first-year students. The Legal Research and Writing faculty nominated these students as semi-finalists because they wrote the best appellate briefs during the spring semester LRW course. Next, Wisconsin attorneys will evaluate the semi-finalists' briefs to determine who will become finalists. A panel of Law School faculty will then evaluate the finalists' briefs to decide the winner.  The winner of the competition will be announced by October 2022.

Congratulations to the Best Brief semi-finalists!

View past winners of the Best Brief Competition »

Other Writing Competitions for Students

One of the most comprehensive collections of law student writing competitions can be found at:

For information about how law students can submit papers for publication in law reviews outside their own law school, see Submission of Law Student Articles for Publication.

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

Deadline Prize Details Competition Details

Dec. 1, 2022 (23:59 PST) to

First prize is a $2,500 stipend and free admission to the next Video Game Law Summit.

A current link is not available.  All available information is provided here.

Video Game Bar Association, David S. Rosenbaum Writing Competition:  Applicants will submit an original paper on a legal issue in the video game industry.  Potential paper topics include (1) developments in game accessibility, (2) reputation management and user-creations (Mods, Skins, etc.), and (3) game developer unionization and labor rights.

Style Guide:  Main body of work 8 to 12 pages and double spaced. Font and citation style are left to the contestant's discretion but must be consistent and legible.

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