The Ultimate Writer Competition

The Legal Writing Program at Baylor Law is proud to invite you to its annual legal writing competition. The format and the prize pool distinguish this competition from any comparable legal writing competition.

Baylor Law's The Ultimate Writer features a $5,000 prize pool and a prestigious clerkship opportunity!

The Ultimate Writer Competition will test your abilities to review a packet of materials and draft a real-world legal document based on the packet and writing prompt. This competition will provide a rewarding opportunity to demonstrate your writing skills in a practical legal setting.

Charlie and Lisa Frazier have graciously agreed to underwrite this competition, and the competition’s sponsor is the appellate law firm of Kelly, Durham, and Pittard, LLP.

The top three finishers win an interview opportunity for a clerkship with Kelly, Durham, and Pittard, L.LP. in Dallas, Texas, plus a cash prize.

  • 1st place: $3,000 cash prize
  • 2nd place: $1,500 cash prize
  • 3rd place: $500 cash prize

Five entrants will win Honorable Mention. All Baylor Law students enrolled as of September 1, 2017, are eligible to enter the competition. Deadlines and key dates are as follows:

  • October 30, 2017: Registration opens at 9:00 a.m.
  • November 16, 2017: Registration closes at noon
  • November 20, 2017: Prompt issued and competition opens for entries at 9:00 a.m.
  • November 29, 2017: Submission deadline at 5:00 p.m.
  • December 4, 2017: Finalists announced
  • December 7, 2017: Awards ceremony at 4:00 p.m.

Registration opens October 30, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. Register online at You must register before noon on November 16, 2017 in order to compete.

For questions, please contact the competition administrator, Professor Susan Ortiz at