The Paper Chase Legal Writing Competition

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Baylor Law is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual The Paper Chase Legal Writing Competition. The competition is the premier legal writing competition in Texas.

Winners receive bragging rights as well as cash prizes, sponsored by FVF Law, totaling $7,000.

Open to J.D. students at any of the nine non-Baylor law schools in Texas, The Paper Chase is a practice-oriented writing competition designed to test law students’ analytical and legal writing skills. The high-stakes tournament stands out for its significant cash prize award of $5,000 to the competition winner and challenging real-world writing problem adapted from actual case files.

“This year’s case file focuses on a legal question with which the courts are still grappling. The tight timeline requires that student competitors analyze the underlying legal questions quickly and formulate a persuasive response clearly and concisely,” stated Baylor Law’s Director of the Legal Writing Program and Professor of Law Matt Cordon. “With the help of FVF Law and the Texas Young Lawyers Association, this year’s competition may be the most interesting contest to date," Cordon added.

Baylor Law hosts the competition supported by the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA). TYLA members are the sole judges of the anonymized entries while FVF Law generously sponsors the competition’s prizes. Students at all Texas law schools (except Baylor) are eligible to participate. Interested students should visit their school's Legal Writing department for more information.

The Paper Chase entrants should register by completing the 2022 Declaration of Intent to Enter by October 24, 2022. On October 31st, Baylor Law’s legal writing department will circulate this year’s problem and submission instructions. Entries are due to the legal writing department at the competitors’ schools by November 7, 2022. Baylor Law will then anonymize and forward entries to select TYLA members for judging. The 2022 Paper Chase winners will be announced on a To-Be-Determined date.

2022 Competition Details:

October 24, 2022
Registration deadline

October 31, 2022
Baylor Law circulates the problem and submission instructions

November 7, 2022
All entries are due to the legal writing department at the competitors’ schools

Winners are announced

2022 Declaration of Intent to Enter:

            Declaration of Intent to Enter – Microsoft Forms 

2022 Competition Documents:

Paper Chase 2022 Rules

Paper Chase 2022 School Cover Sheet to Submit Entries

      Paper Chase 2022 Student Certification

Paper Chase 2022 Student Entry Cover Sheet

      Paper Chase 2022 Student Publicity Release


Students interested in participating should speak with the legal writing department at their respective law schools.

For questions, please contact

The Paper Chase Legal Writing Competition is sponsored by the litigation law firm of  FVF Law | Fogelman & Von Flatern.

FVF Law Firm Logo Josh Fogelman and Aaron von Flatern, both Baylor Law grads, worked together at a small litigation firm in Austin, where they successfully handled a variety of complex cases and developed a close friendship. Working together, Josh and Aaron recognized they shared the same values about personal injury law: that people whose lives have been unexpectedly disrupted should be treated with respect and transparency and be given the best opportunity possible to pick up the pieces and move forward. So, in 2014, Josh and Aaron founded FVF with the mission of educating injured Texans so they can better understand their options and make informed decisions. By undertaking this mission one person at a time, it is their ultimate goal to change the way the public perceives personal injury lawyers and instill trust back into this area of practice.