Rules for the Writing Competition


Second and third-year law students whose cumulative class standing is in the top 33% of their respective class are eligible to participate in the Summer Write-On Competition.

Maximum Length

6 pages, double-spaced, one-inch margins, 12-font, Times New Roman.

No Outside Research

Both your reasoning and your citations are limited to the sources provided, and those internally referenced within, to the extent they were used within.

Individual Work

The memorandum and citation exercise must be entirely your own work. Do not discuss your work with other people having associations with the legal profession (i.e. law students, lawyers, paralegals, professors, etc.). Under no circumstance may you receive help regarding the form or substance of either the memorandum or the citation exercise.

Entry Numbers

To preserve anonymity, staff in the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) will assign anonymous write-on numbers for eligible candidates.  Final memorandums and citation exercises must be identified solely by entry number.


A TWEN site on Westlaw will be established for the write-on competition with the competition rules and materials.  Candidates will be contacted by the staff in the OSA with the invitation to participate which will have the password for the site.  Completed memoranda and citation exercises should be submitted to the TWEN site using the assignment tab and using only your anonymous ID for identification purposes.


The Law Review must receive your memorandum by 5 P.M. PST on Friday, July 24, 2015.


The Writing Competition consists of two parts, the citation exercise and the memorandum. The decisions of the Law Review Writing Competition Committee will be final.

Honor Code

By submitting your materials, you acknowledge and are bound by the Willamette University College of Law Honor Code.

The Bluebook

The Writing Competition follows the citation and stylistic rules provided in the 18th Edition of the Harvard Bluebook (available at your friendly neighborhood library, law library, or bookstore).


You must submit your entry with your assigned number. Your entry may not contain any reference otherwise identifying you.

Judging Criteria

Your entry will be judged based upon the following criteria, in no particular order: Legal Analysis; Clarity; Organization; Proper Citation and Grammar; and Conformance with the Rules.

Contact Information

If you have questions or concerns about the competition, feel free to contact: