The Academy for Justice and Arizona State Law Journal Present:​

2023 National Student Writing Competition on Criminal Justice Reform


The Academy for Justice at the Sandra Day O’Connor of Law and Arizona State Law Journal are seeking applicants for the 2023 Criminal Justice Reform National Writing Competition to promote legal scholarship of criminal justice reform.

  • Applicants must be enrolled full-time at an ABA-accredited law school at the time of submission.
  • Applicants may write on any criminal justice topic, but all submissions should offer recommendation(s) or solution(s) to the problem(s) being highlighted.
  • Articles must be no longer than 10,000 words, including footnotes. Shorter articles are also encouraged.
  • Article selection criteria will include clarity, accessibility of arguments, practical relevance, measured tone, and discussion of nonpartisan recommendation(s) or solution(s).
  • The selection process may give preference to articles that discuss violent crime, which is a key focus area of the Academy of Justice. 

To apply, email article submissions to by July 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM. Winners will be notified in August 2023. $1,000 in prize money will be awarded, and the winner’s article will be considered for publication in Arizona State Law Journal.