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.

The Writing Competition is an academic exercise of the School of Law, and seeking outside assistance or materials may be reported to the Honor Council at the discretion of the Senior Writing Editor.

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.

The 2018 Writing Competition

The information packet for the 2018 Law Review Writing Competition is not yet available. Dates and registration information for the 2018 Writing Competition are below. Please note, late entries will not be accepted.

  • Competition Registration: Wednesday, June 20 at 12:00 PM to Wednesday, June 27 at 5:00 PM
  • Competition Opens: Friday, June 29 at 10:00 AM (printed packets available for pick-up until 5:00 PM)
  • Competition Closes: Friday, July 6 at 5:30 PM
  • Announcement of Winners: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 by 9:00 PM

Download the “How to Write a Casenote” Workshop Powerpoint presentation here.

2017 Writing Competition Winning Submissions

Please note that the following sample casenotes were not edited following their submission, and the citations may or may not be formatted correctly.

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