Warren E. Burger Writing Competition

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Award Amount: 
  • The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $5,000
  • The essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review
  • The prize will be presented to the recipient at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States

Burger Prize Topic

Authors should address one or more aspects of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, or professionalism within the legal profession. The selected issue(s) should be of contemporary significance with clear relevance to the legal community at large.

Burger Prize Dates

Submission deadline: Postmarked no later than July 1
Winner Announced: August 31
Presentation: In October during our Celebration of Excellence, which is held annually at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, DC.

Burger Prize Submission Information

Submissions must be original and unpublished works of 10,000-20,000 words including footnotes.
Either independent or collaborative submissions are allowed.
Please designate co-authors if more than one participant drafted the final submission.
Research assistants shall be acknowledged by name in an appropriate footnote.
Each author or co-author may participate in only one entry per year.
A complete submission includes an electronic file containing both the completed cover page and the essay.
Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Submissions should be sent by e-mail to Cindy Dennis.