Writing Competition

Writing Competition Overview

To join one of the University of Miami School of Law’s journals, students can participate in the Law Review Writing Competition. For the Writing Competition, students use a substantial packet of source material, provided by the University of Miami Law Review, to write an in-depth academic article. Articles will be scored on the basis of writing ability, legal analysis, and Bluebooking skills.

Each participant must complete the casenote in compliance with the School of Law’s Honor Code. Anyone violating the Honor Code may be reported to the Honor Council for sanctions, including but not limited to disqualification from the writing competition or removal from the Law Review.

Membership on the University of Miami Law Review is prestigious, and competition for a spot on the Law Review is accordingly difficult. The Writing Competition provides students in the top 33.3% of their class or section the opportunity to compete for a position on the University of Miami Law Review. Students must have also attended a law journal symposium to be eligible. More information on obtaining Membership on the University of Miami Law Review can be found here.

Note that all University of Miami School of Law students are eligible to write on to the School of Law’s other journals through the Writing Competition. For more information regarding the other journals, please see this memorandum.

Interviews with Past Competition Winners

We have available on our website interviews with past Writing Competition winners. In these interviews, current and former UMLR members discuss best practices for competitors to follow during the Competition and what pitfalls to avoid. You can read all of the interviews here.

The 2021 Writing Competition

The Rules and Instructions packet will be updated closer to the start of registration. Dates for the 2021 Writing Competition are below. Please note, late entries will not be accepted.

  • Registration:
    • Start: Monday, June 21, 2021, at 10:00 AM (EST)
    • EndThursday, June 24, 2021, at 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Competition:
    • Start: Monday, June 28, 2021, at 10:00 AM (EST)
    • EndTuesday, July 6, 2021, at 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Announcement of WinnersSaturday, July 17, 2021

For more information on the writing competition please watch the Information Session the law reviews recorded on April 19, 2021 (Access Password: Mh@72fRE)

You can download the PowerPoint from the information session here.

You can download the Competition Rules and Instructions here.

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