NCLA Student Note Competition

Now Accepting Submissions


The New Civil Liberties Alliance is seeking submissions for its first annual Student Note Competition. This year’s competition will focus on the theme of executive and administrative overreach as a response to the pandemic. NCLA interprets the theme with sufficient breadth to include a variety of submission topics, but will give special consideration to topics that fall into the following more specific categories: vaccine mandates; Jacobson v. Massachusetts; lockdowns, masks, and other pandemic restrictions; and the CDC eviction moratorium.


Is There a Prize?

Yes! The winning submission will earn a $10,000 prize, which will be shared equally between the student who authored the note and the journal that selected it for publication. If NCLA receives a sufficient number of qualified entries, second and third-place prizes will also be awarded in the amount of $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, to be split equally between the author and the journal that selected the note for publication.


Who Is Eligible?

NCLA will accept only notes, comments, or articles written by a J.D. or LL.M. candidate at an accredited law school in the United States and selected for publication (but not yet published as of November 1, 2021) by a law review or similar journal at an accredited law school in the United States. Actual publication of the note, comment, or article will be a condition of receiving the prize funds.


What Is a Student Note?

Although the specifics vary from journal to journal, student notes are generally 15,000 words or fewer, and comprise original, in-depth analysis and commentary on a legal or policy issue. The competition is also open to comments or articles written by students and published in law journal, even if they are not technically a note (i.e., we are just using the word “note” as a catch-all term).


How Do I Enter?

The submission deadline is May 1, 2022. NCLA is accepting all notes/comments set to be published after November 1, 2021 and approved for publication by May 1, 2022.  The publication date must be fixed at the time publication is approved in order for the note/comment to qualify. It would be ideal if the publication date came before December 31, 2022, but as a former editors of a law journals, we know how circumstances often work to complicate publication dates.

To enter, simply fill out the form to the right and submit the necessary documents.


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