National Student Writing Competition

The Academy for Justice and Arizona State Law Journal Present: The Criminal Justice Reform National Writing Competition

This national writing competition seeks to promote legal scholarship centering on criminal justice reform. Applicants may write on any criminal justice topic but all submissions should offer a recommendation or solution to the problem(s) being highlighted. Articles must be no longer than 10,000 words (including footnotes), but shorter articles are also encouraged. Applicants should include a cover page indicating their school and year of graduation. Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an ABA-accredited law school at the time of submission.

The Arizona State Law Journal and the Academy for Justice’s selection will focus on clarity, accessibility of the arguments, practical relevance, measured tone, and non-partisan solutions in their decision.

Email article submissions to by July 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM.

Winners will be notified in August 2022. $1,000 in prize money will be awarded and articles will be considered for publication in the Arizona State Law Journal Online.