The Ninth Annual Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition
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The Washington, D.C. Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies announce the 9th Annual Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition. All papers must be submitted on or before July 1, 2018.

Purpose
To promote legal and academic studies in the field of religious liberty by law students and students pursuing related graduate studies. Students who have graduated from law school but who are not yet practicing law due to clerkships or other similar pursuits are also invited to submit papers.

Form
Scholarly paper relating to the topic of domestic or international religious liberty, broadly or narrowly construed, consisting of 9,000-13,000 words, including footnotes. Eligible papers must be typed, thoroughly cited and presented in a format suitable for publication, with no additional editing required. Papers must conform to Bluebook requirements and may include footnotes. Papers prepared for academic coursework are permittedhe competition is open to law students and students pursuing related graduate studies. Students who have graduated from law school but who are not yet practicing law due to clerkships or other similar pursuits are also invited to submit papers.

Submission
Papers should be submitted by e-mail to papers@jrclsdc.org in pdf and/or docx formats. The cover email should note the word count of the paper being submitted. A current resume should also be included. You will receive e-mail coconfirmation of your submission. Questions regarding submission may be directed to jrclsdc@gmail.com.

Awards
Top entries will receive the following awards:

  • First place — Cash award of $4,000
  • Second place – Cash award of $3,000
  • Third place — Cash awared of $2,000
  • Honorable mention – Four cash awards of $1,000

Selection
All papers will be reviewed for their conformity to the above requirements and for their substantive treatment of the topic. Awards will be presented at the Religious Liberty Award Dinner in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 11, 2018.

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