MU School of Law Student Writing Competition - Undergraduate

Student Writing Competition: Campus Speech, Protest, and Conflict Resolution

In collaboration with the University of Missouri School of Law, the Campus Writing Program will offerwriting awards to high school and undergraduate students.



The undergraduate competition is open to all persons enrolled as of September 1, 2017, in a program of higher education leading to an undergraduate degree (B.A., B.S., A.A., A.S.).  Applicants may be affiliated with degree-providing institutions located in any country.  Papers that have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere are not eligible for the writing competition.


The first place paper will receive a $1,000 prize, second place a $750 prize, and third place a $500 prize.  Honorable mentions may be designated, and at least three will receive $100 prizes.  The three winning papers and the honorable mentions will be published in electronic proceedings that will be posted on the Center For The Study of Dispute Resolution website. 

In addition, two “Mizzou Awards” will be presented to the best papers submitted by a current University of Missouri (Columbia campus) undergraduate student that is not among the top three papers in the competition.  The first Mizzou Award will carry a $500 prize, and the second will carry a $250 prize. 

Undergraduate: Submissions must be in English and between ten (10) and thirty (30) pages in length, including footnotes.  The text of the paper must be typed and double-spaced with 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins.  Footnotes should appear in an established system of citation.  The title of the paper must appear on every page of the submission.  The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the submission itself.

Submission Guidelines


Fill out the Student Information Sheet and the Unlimited Personal Release Agreement, scan them, and include as attachments with your submission.

Papers must be submitted electronically via email to 

Scoring Criteria

Submissions will be judged pursuant to the following factors:

Reasoning and analysis

Thoroughness and depth

Originality of thought

Clarity of presentation

Technical excellence

Papers must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., Central time, on March 1, 2018.

For a printable pdf of this award information click here.