Best Brief Competition

Nicholas Surprise is the winner of the Spring 2022 Best Brief Competition. The finalists included Stephen Goettsche, Catherine Harding, Taylor Hatridge, and Laura Yurs. 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 selected the best appellate briefs written by their spring semester students. Next, Wisconsin attorneys evaluated the semi-finalists' briefs to determine the finalists. A panel of Law School faculty then evaluated the finalists' briefs to decide the winner. 

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.

Feb. 28, 2023 (6:00 p.m. EST)

First prize is $1,500 and publication in the American Indian Law Review, published by the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition

Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.  For complete information about eligibility, paper format, etc., click on the name of the competition above.

June 15, 2023 (by midnight EDT)

First prize is $3,000, possible publication in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, and guest attendance at an ABA section conference.

College of Labor & Employment Lawyers 2023 Law Student Writing Competition (PDF)

The topic should be relevant, engaging, and useful to labor and employment lawyers in their practices.  The topic should be nationally relevant and have a balanced legal analysis.  To see the detailed rules, click on the name of the competition above.

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