American Indian Law Review’s Annual Writing Competition for 2017-2018

November 02, 2017

AILR has proudly served Native communities since 1973, and each year at this time we encourage law students nationwide to participate in this, the longest-running competition of its kind. Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples. Three cash prizes will be awarded, including $1,000 for the first prize winner.

The competition is open to all students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools as of the competition deadline of January 31, 2018. Winners will be announced on or before May 1, 2018.



Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.


The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Wednesday, January 31, 2018. 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 readership. 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 in the American Indian Law Review.


All emailed entries must be received no later than 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Any hard copy 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 (20th edition). The body of the email must contain the author’s name, school, expected year of graduation, current address, permanent address, and email address. 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, unless the entrant has received a notification of release prior to that time. 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, PDF, or WordPerfect documents. Although email submissions are preferred, hardcopies are acceptable. If submitting hardcopies, mail them to AILR Writing Competition, American Indian Law Review, 300 Timberdell Road, Norma, OK 73019. Please send an email to on or before the deadline to notify the AILR that you are sending a hardcopy submission.

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