Law Student Writing Competition 2016

Law Student Writing Competition 2016

Deadline: January 13, 2017

Eligibility Rules

Submissions must be original works of publishable quality written by a student currently enrolled full- or part-time in a law school in the United States.  All submissions must comply with the Harvard Law Review Association’s Bluebook Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.).  There is no page limit for entries, although, as an informal guide, a word count of between 8,000 to 14,000 words is suggested.

Deadline/Method of Submission

Articles must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on January 13, 2017.  Articles must be submitted, by email, in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced.  Citations should be included in footnotes.  Articles may include headings and subheadings.  Please email articles to  You will be notified via email when your submission is received.


Please direct any questions about the contest to or call (425) 576-0484


The first place winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize.  The second place winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize and the third place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The Program for Judicial Awareness will work with the first place winner to find a law journal to publish the winning article. The winner will also be recognized at the Annual Pacific Legal Foundation Gala.  PLF will pay for the winner’s reasonable travel costs to attend the gala.


Articles will be judged by a panel of PLF staff and principal attorneys.
A winning article will be:

  • Adequately researched and properly supported by citations.
  • Effectively organized and articulately written.
  • Thorough, with a minimum of digression, but with potential counterarguments addressed.
  • Persuasive, original, and rigorous.


Entries must address PLF’s topic questions to be eligible for prizes. The topics for this year’s competition will be released July 1, 2016. Please check back at that time.

The winner will be notified by March 15, 2017.