Legal Writing Competitions
Below is a list of writing competition notices, they can be sorted alphabetically, by deadline, or by tags. Each entry includes information on the competition sponsor, the contest issues, the deadline, and a link for more information in the name of the competition.
9/15/19: Registration Deadline (both form and fee)
9/18/19: Problem Release
10/13/19: Brief Due (Only one brief is required per team; side is assigned randomly.)
11/2/19: Two Preliminary Rounds (one “on” and the other “off” brief), Quarterfinals, and Reception at GW Law, 2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052
11/3/19: Semi-final and Final Rounds held at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, 625 Indiana Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20004
Award: Recognition is given to the Winning Team, Best Oral Advocate, Best Petitioner’s Brief, and Best Respondent’s Brief.
Dates: November 2-3, 2019Deadline: September 15, 2019
Problem released August 18, 2019
Briefs due September 29, 2019
Oral Arguments on October 25-26, 2019
Location: Washington College of LawDeadline: September 29, 2019
The Younger Lawyers Division of the Federal Bar Association is pleased to announce the Annual Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition, which will be held on March 18-19, 2020, in Washington, D.C. This year is particularly special in that it marks the 25th anniversary of the Competition and the Centennial Celebration of the Federal Bar Association.
Registration & Entry Fee Deadline: January 8, 2020
Problem and rules distributed: January 13, 2020
Briefs due (must be received by): February 14, 2020
Oral Argument: March 18-19, 2020
Awards Ceremony and Reception: March 19, 2020Deadline: October 8, 2019
The ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) is a moot court competition that emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Moot court competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.
Entry Deadline: November 1, 2019
2019-20 Topic: TBD
Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.orgDeadline: November 1, 2019
Date: November 16-17, 2019
Location: Malibu, CADeadline: November 16, 2019
Now in its fourth year, Baylor Law’s The Closer is one of the nation’s premier transactional law competitions. In this unique and innovative competition, students from participating schools vie to win a total of $10,000 in top prizes and bragging rights as a top closer.
INVITATION ONLY: Limited to Law Schools That Have Demonstrated a Commitment to Excellence in Transactional Law Training
Award: $10,000 PRIZE, Divided Between Top 2 Closers
ONE COMPETITOR Per School
TRANSACTION PROBLEM: Disclosed 24 Hours Prior to Competition
Competition Date: January 16-19, 2020Deadline: January 16, 2020
Date: February 20-22, 2020
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel in White Plains, New YorkDeadline: February 20, 2020
Registration Deadline: Monday, September 9, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.
Brief Deadline: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.Deadline: September 9, 2019