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.

Congratulations to the 2022 winner, Sydney Plaskett (Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Class of 2023). You can read her winning article, What Miranda Can Learn from Batson: The Need to Eliminate Arbitrary Judicial Analysis of Vulnerable Constitutional Rights, here.

The 2023 competition is not yet open. Please check back Spring of 2023 for details and deadlines.