Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition

Deadline: 05/01/2018

Competition Website

Discuss any topic relating to administrative law.

The Competition is open to law students who are, at the time of entry, (a) enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school, (b)
members of the ABA and the Section, (c) at least 18 years old, and (d) U.S. citizens. Employees of the ABA, its
respective affiliates, and immediate family or household members of such employees are not eligible for the Competition.

Submissions must be in Microsoft Word. The text of the essay must be double-spaced, in twelve-point font, with one-inch
margins; footnotes or endnotes should be single-spaced, also in twelve-point font and with one-inch margins. Citations
may be embedded in text or set out in footnotes or endnotes and should conform to the current edition of the Uniform
System of Citation (Bluebook). Submissions may not exceed 14,000 total words including footnotes, but not including
end-notes, the title page, and table of contents, if any. Please also include a Microsoft Word version with a separate title
page and page numbers. (At the discretion of the Section, the winning student may be asked to prepare a shorter version
for inclusion in the Administrative and Regulatory Law News.) Submissions may include papers submitted for a law school
course, law review notes and comments, or pieces written specifically for the Competition. If previously published or
submitted for publication in a law student publication (such as a law review), the cover page must indicate to which
publication the work was submitted and if the work was published, the publication date. Essays must be the work of the
submitting student without substantial editorial input from others. Co-authored papers are ineligible. Failure to submit an
original essay will result in disqualification and may result in the selection of a new winner. Only one essay may be
submitted per entrant.

Entry Procedure
Each submission must include two cover pages.  The first should include the paper’s title and the entrant’s name, law school, year of study, mailing and email address, and phone number. The second page should be a cover page that includes only the title of the paper.  The contestant’s name and other identifying information, such as school name, MAY NOT appear on any page other than the first cover page.

Entrants must email an electronic copy of their submission in Word format to Section Director Anne Kiefer ( Entries must be received by 7 pm Eastern time on May 1, 2018.

Staff of the Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice will assign a random number to each entry.  Neither the contestant’s identity nor his/her law school will be known to the selection committee.

By submitting an entry in this contest, the entrant affirms that the entry is his or her own work and grants the ABA and the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice permission to edit and publish the entry in the Administrative and Regulatory Law News and/or the Administrative Law Review. Publication will be at the sole discretion of the Section and the Editors and Editorial Boards of these publications. Please direct any questions about the contest to the Section Director at

The entries will be judged anonymously by Fellows of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.  Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

 Creativity and clarity of the proposal or thesis
 Quality of the analysis and research
 Grammar, syntax and form

The entries will be judged anonymously by the Fellows of the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.

Decisions of the Sponsor (including the committee judging the entries) are final. The winning entry will be notified by
email by September 1, 2018, 11:59 pm Eastern Time. The winner must acknowledge and confirm agreement to the terms
and conditions of winning the Competition no later than September 30, 2018, 11:59 pm Eastern Time, after which he/sheforfeits the prizes and another winner may be selected.

The winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and round-trip airfare and accommodation to attend the Section’s Fall Conference in Washington, DC. At the discretion of the Section and the respective editorial boards, the winning entry may be selected for publication in the Administrative and Regulatory Law News and/or the Administrative Law Review.

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