Student Writing Competition

2012 SESW POCC 060

COMING SOON: The Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference sponsors a student writing competition each year that is open to all students enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the academic year. Typically, entries will be a scholarly paper fit for publication in a law review (20-page length minimum).

ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to all students currently enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school during the 2013-2014 academic years. The student must be a current J.D. candidate.

FORMAT: Entries should be a scholarly piece fit for publication in a law review. Entries should follow standard footnote formatting, including Bluebook (19th or newer edition) citation form. All entries must be submitted in English. Each entry should be no less than 20 pages and no more than 25 single-sided double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-point Times New Roman font. Entries containing endnotes or including appendices or supplemental material will not be considered. Published papers or papers already accepted for publication are ineligible. Each student may submit only one entry. Entries should be the sole work of the author and should not yet have undergone editing by others. Editing includes any significant revision as well as technical or substantive review of citations. Informal support, such as general comments on preliminary drafts, is permitted. All entries must be submitted electronically in either Word or PDF format. The student is responsible for confirming receipt of his/her submission. Technical errors on the student’s end will not be the basis for extending the submission deadline.

JUDGING: All competition papers will undergo a blind review process from the writing competition panel. Therefore, entrants should not include their name or the name of their school on the competition paper itself. Instead, participants must submit a cover page indicating their name, school, permanent address, and telephone number.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS: Please contact Assistant Professor M. Victoria Taylor at or Linh K. Dai at