Guide to Student Writing for Publication & Prizes

Student writing competitions are one way to hone your legal writing skills. There are over a hundred competitions on many different topics and some offer substantial prize money.

The library has put together a list of current competitions arranged by topic so you can look for those in your areas of interest. Note that some competitions allow you to submit previously written papers, so you may be able to use something you've written for a class.

If you want to publish an article you've written, consider using the ExpressO online delivery service to submit it to law reviews and journals. With prior approval, students can use ExpressO to submit an article to up to 100 journals.

Many Suffolk students have won prizes in writing competitions and been published in outside journals and other publications. The lists of published students and writing competition prize winners show these past successes and will surely continue to grow.

The following resources are suggested to help you write your winning article and get it published.

Writing Resources

Publishing Resources

As you're working on an article for a competition or publication, keep in mind that most competitions and journals will check to see that you've properly attributed the sources on which you base your work. See the following sources for tips and advice on how to adhere to the ideals of academic integrity in your writing:

If you would like guidance on writing for publication and prizes, please contact Professor Kathy Vinson.

If you need assistance with legal research, you can also set up an appointment with a legal research librarian at 617.573.8516 or

If you have questions or comments, please email: Liza Rosenof, Electronic Services & Legal Reference Librarian.