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Submission Requirements and Deadlines

  1. The 2019-2020 Writing Prizes submission window opens on March 16, 2020. To submit a paper(s) for prize consideration, students should complete and submit the online submission form.
  2. Unless noted below, the deadline for prize submissions is 5:00pm ET on May 1, 2020.
  3. Nominating statements from faculty/instructors supervising the paper, where required for submission as detailed in the prize description, should be emailed by the faculty/instructor to writingprizes@law.harvard.edu.
  4. If you are submitting a paper for consideration of the Irving Oberman Memorial Prize: Law & Social Change, note that the paper must include an abstract that states how the paper addresses the relationship between law and social change. Papers without such an abstract will not be considered for the prize.
  5. Submissions for the following prizes are NOT collected by the Office of Academic Affairs and should be submitted as noted below:
    • Yong K. Kim ’95 Memorial Prize: Papers are due by May 1, 2020 at 5pm ET. Please submit one electronic copy of your paper via email to Mike Zaisser.
    • John M. Olin Prize in Law and Economics: This is a $2,000 prize awarded for an outstanding paper written by an HLS student analyzing a legal topic from an economic perspective. Prior to submitting a paper for consideration, a student must request that the professor under whom the paper was written email a statement of evaluation of the paper directly to Professor Steven Shavell by the deadline below.  Upon fulfillment of that requirement, the paper should be submitted by email to Irina Goldina, Program Administrator, by midnight on Friday, May 1, 2020. The prize is generally awarded in May.  For further information, please contact Irina Goldina.

Paper Requirements

  1. Please be sure your name does NOT appear on the paper itself.
  2. Only papers written by HLS students during their enrollment at HLS will be considered for the School’s student writing prizes. Joint papers are eligible, but all authors must be current HLS students.
  3. Papers that have been edited by others in preparation for submission to a journal or previously submitted to a journal may not be submitted for a student writing prize in edited form. Such papers may be considered for prizes only if an original, unedited version of the paper is available.
  4. Unless otherwise noted, students may submit multiple papers for a single prize and may submit a single paper for multiple prizes. However, each paper is eligible to win only one of the prizes for which it is submitted. This rule applies to winning papers submitted in a prior year.
  5. Nominating statements from faculty/instructors supervising the paper, where required for submission as detailed in the prize description, should be emailed by the faculty/instructor to writingprizes@law.harvard.edu.

Winning Papers

  1. The name and paper title of all prize winners will be published on the HLS Website by June 1, 2020.
  2. The names of graduating prize winners and prizes won will be listed in the Commencement Program. Non-graduating prize winners’ names will be listed in the Commencement Program in the year they graduate.
  3. Prize-winning papers may be published online in the School’s DASH student-paper repository.
  4. If a prize has more than one winner, the prize money will be divided.

Please contact April Pettit in the Office of Academic Affairs, with any questions about HLS student writing prizes.