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

2024 National Student Writing Competition on Criminal Justice Reform

A4J & ASLJ Present: 2024 National Student Writing Competition on Criminal Justice Reform (Submissions Due July 1st)

The Academy for Justice at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and Arizona State Law Journal are seeking applicants for the 2024 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).

To apply, please email article submissions to by July 1, 2024 at 11:59 PM. In your submission, please include a cover page indicating your school and anticipated year of graduation.

The contest winner will be notified in August 2024. The winner will receive $1,000 in prize money, and the winner’s article will be considered for publication in the Arizona State Law Journal.