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.

The 2020 Writing Competition Rules and Instructions 

You can now download the official rules and instructions for the 2020 Writing Competition here.

Interviews with Past Competition Winners

Over the weeks leading up to the 2020 Writing Competition, we will be posting interviews with some of our members who wrote on to UMLR in the 2019 Writing Competition. This series will look at the best practices for competitors to follow during the Competition and what pitfalls to avoid. You can read all of the interviews here.

The 2020 Writing Competition

The Rules and Instructions packet will be updated closer to the start of registration. Dates for the 2020 Writing Competition are below. Please note, late entries will not be accepted.

  • Registration:
    • Start: Monday, June 22, 2020, at 12:00 PM (EST)
    • EndMonday, June 29, 2020, at 5:00 PM (EST)
  • Competition:
    • Start: Thursday, July 2, 2020, at 10:00 AM (EST)
    • EndSunday, July 12, 2020, at 5:00 PM (EST)***
  • Announcement of WinnersTuesday, July 28, 2020

For more information on the writing competition please watch the information session the law reviews recorded on April 20, 2020 (Access Password: 9N$?1a13)

You can also download the PowerPoint from the information session here.

*Eligibility to participate in the 2020 writing competition will be determined by grades for 1L and 2L students at the conclusion of the Fall 2019 semester.

** Please note, however, that the Race and Social Justice Law Review has waived the symposium attendance requirement for the 2020-2021 year.

*** In acknowledgement of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the 2020 Law Review Writing Competition will last a total of ten days, rather than the traditional seven days of past years.

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