American Indian Law Writing Competition

Deadline: 01/30/2015

Competition Website


Papers will be accepted on any issue concerning American Indian law or indigenous peoples. However, topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review will not be favored.

The competition is open to students enrolled at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Jan. 30, 2015. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete.

The first place winner receives $1,000 and publication in the American Indian Law Review, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with international distribution. The second place winner receives $500 and third place receives $250.

Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook version of Felix S. Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis, and will be recognized on the masthead of the American Indian Law Review.

Electronic entries must be received no later than 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Jan. 30, 2015. Any hardcopy entries must be postmarked by that date. Entries will be acknowledged upon receipt. All entries become the property of the American Indian Law Review.

Papers will be judged by members of the legal profession with an interest in American Indian law and by the editors of the American Indian Law Review.

Papers will be judged on the basis of originality and timeliness of topic, knowledge and use of applicable legal principles, proper and articulate analysis of the issues, use of authorities and extent of research, logic and reasoning in analysis, ingenuity and ability to argue by analogy, clarity and organization, correctness of format and citations, grammar and writing style, and strength and logic of conclusions.

Entries must be a minimum of 20 double-spaced pages in length and a maximum of 50 double-spaced pages in length excluding footnotes or endnotes. All citations should conform to the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.). The body of the email must contain the author’s name, social security number, school, expected year of graduation, current address, permanent address, and email address. Inquiries may be replied to by email. No identifying marks (name, school, etc.) should appear on the paper itself. All entries must have only one author.  Entries must be unpublished, not currently submitted for publication elsewhere, and not currently entered in other writing competitions. Papers entered in the American Indian Law Review writing competition may not be submitted for consideration to any other publication until such time as winning entrants are announced. Any entries not fully in accord with required form will be ineligible for consideration.

Submissions may be emailed to the American Indian Law Review at by the competition deadline. Entries may be sent as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or PDF documents. Although email submissions are preferred, hardcopies are acceptable. Hardcopy submissions must be postmarked by the deadline date.  If submitting a hardcopy entry, mail it to AILR Writing Competition, American Indian Law Review, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019. Please send an email to by the deadline to notify the AILR that you are sending a hardcopy submission.


Telephone numbers: (405) 325-2840 and (405) 325-5191
Fax: (405) 325-6282

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