The Paper Chase Legal Writing Competition Returns with $7k in Prize Money on the Line

February 10, 2021

The Paper Chase Legal Writing Competition Returns with $7k in Prize Money on the Line

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WACO, Texas -

Baylor Law is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual The Paper Chase Legal Writing Competition. The competition is the premier legal writing competition in Texas and winners receive bragging rights as well as cash prizes, sponsored by FVF Law, totaling $7,000.

Open to 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.

"The Paper Chase's tight timeline requires that the student competitors quickly analyze the problem and communicate a persuasive response clearly and concisely," stated Baylor Law's Director of the Legal Writing Center and Professor of Law Matt Cordon. "The competition is designed to encourage the development of legal writing advocacy skills among future Texas lawyers," 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. 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 registration deadline is March 1. Students interested in participating should speak with the legal writing department at their respective law schools. On March 15th, 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 March 22, 2021. Entries will be anonymized and forwarded to select TYLA members for judging. The 2021 Paper Chase winners will be announced on April 10th.

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Established in 1857, Baylor Law was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,500 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. Baylor Law boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law's trial advocacy program as one of the top 5 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked #50 in the magazine's 2019 edition of "America's Best Graduate Schools." The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the "Best School for Practical Training," and #4 in the nation in its most recent "Best Law School Facilities" listing. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since the award's inception in 1984. Learn more at

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