2018-2019 AILR Writing Competition

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2018-2019 AILR Writing Competition

 College of law at the University of Oklahoma is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 AILR Writing Competition. This competition is open to the applicants who are enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada.

The three winners will have an opportunity to win a cash prize of $1750. Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded the eBook version of Felix S Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, which is provided by LexisNexis.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs.
  • The applicants must be enrolled at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline 

How to Apply & Competition Rules

To participate in the competition, Submissions will be emailed to the American Indian Law Review at mwaters@ou.edu by the competition deadline.


  • Topics: Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.
  • Entries must be a minimum of 20 double-spaced pages in length and a maximum of 50 double-spaced pages in length excluding footnotes or endnotes. 
  • All citations should conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed.).
  • The body of the email must contain the author’s name, school, expected year of graduation, current address, permanent address, and email address. 
  • No identifying marks (name, school, etc.) should appear on the paper itself. 
  • All entries must have only one author.
  • Entries must be unpublished, not currently submitted for publication elsewhere, and not currently entered in other writing competitions. 
  • Papers entered in the American Indian Law Review writing competition may not be submitted for consideration to any other publication until such time as winning entrants are announced, unless the entrant has withdrawn the entry or received a notification of release prior to that time. 
  • Any entries not fully in accord with the required form will be ineligible for consideration.
  • Entries may be sent as Microsoft Word, PDF, or WordPerfect documents.


  • The first place winner receives $1,000 and publication by the American Indian Law Review, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with an international readership. 
  • The second place winner receives $500, and
  • third place receives $250.
  • Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook edition of Felix S. Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis, and
  • will be recognized online by the American Indian Law Review.

Application Deadline:

All entries must be received no later than January 31, 2019, at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Thursday.

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