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, 2018, are eligible to enter the competition. Deadlines and key dates are as follows:

October 24, 2018   •   Registration opens at 9:00am

November 2, 2018   •  Registration closes at noon

November 5, 2018   •  Prompt issued and competition opens for entries at 9:00am

November 14, 2018   •  Submission deadline at 5:00pm

November 24, 2018   •  Finalists announced

November 29, 2018   •  Awards ceremony at 4:00pm


Registration opens October 24, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Register online at www.baylor.edu/law/ultimatewriterregister.


You must register before noon on Friday, November 2, 2018 in order to compete.

For questions, please contact the competition administrator, Professor Susan Ortiz at susan_kelley-claybrook@baylor.edu.