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Graduate Student Paper Competition

Each year, Law & Social Inquiry invites submissions from graduate and law students for its Graduate Student Paper Competition.  The GSPC offers students within the field of sociolegal studies a great opportunity to showcase their journal-length work to an expanded audience. The winning paper is  published in Law & Social Inquiry, and the winner receives special recognition from LSI at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association. Winners are also honored with  a $500 cash prize for their achievement.

 We will begin accepting submissions for the 2016 competition beginning January 1st. Please see our guidelines for details.

Questions regarding the GSPC can de directed to Amanda Ehrhardt at .


We are pleased to announce that University of California, Berkeley Rhetoric Ph.D. candidate K-Sue Park is the winner of the 2015 competition. Keep an eye out for her submission in an upcoming issue of Law & Social Inquiry.

Graduate Student Paper Competition Questions

Q: When does the competition begin?
A: The competition officially begins every year on January 1st  and manuscript submissions will be accepted for the competition that year starting on that date.

Q: What is the last day to submit?
A: Submissions are accepted through the end of February. All entries must be received by March 1 of that year to be eligible for the competition.

Q: Is there a policy on length and/or formatting for submissions?
A: Yes, submissions must be no longer than 60 manuscript pages. We ask that submissions should include a title page with a complete mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number(s). The second pages should include a 100-150 (maximum) word abstract. Beginning on the third page, all pages should be paginated. Text, footnotes, endnotes, and references should all  be double-spaced in Times New Roman 12 font,with 1.5" marings on all sides with no headers or footers. For more specifics regarding submission, please contact our  for a copy of the competition guidelines.

Q: Are faculty nominations accepted?
A: Yes, we do accept faculty nominations and supporting letters for a manuscript. Faculty members submitted on behalf of a student must include the student's contact information (complete mailing address, e-mail, and phone number). Faculty members should also make sure that the manuscript they are nominating are not submitted for consideration at another journal and confirm that the student is currently a graduate student. However, all submissions (direct and faculty nominated) are weighted equally in the competition.

If you have any more specific inquiries regarding faculty nominations, please contact our .

Q: Are submissions peer reviewed?
A: Submissions are reviewed and evaluated by the editors for the competition. Only the winning submission will be sent to selected scholars for advisory reviews to aid with revisions prior to publication.

Q: When is the winner announced?
A: The winner is typically announced at the annual LSA meeting, however this depends on the winner's availability as well as other logistics, and as such, may not be the case every year.