Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition

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Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition

The American Constitution Society (ACS) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School are pleased to provide the Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing Competition. The competition is open for all student papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. In this contest, the winner will be awarded 3,000 amount. Each of the two runners-up will receive $1,000.

Who May Eligible:

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

  • Any full-time or part-time law student currently enrolled in a J.D., LL.M. or S.J.D. program at a United States law school is eligible to participate.
  • Only one entry per student is permitted.
  • Multiple submissions will result in disqualification.
  • All entrants must be a student member of the national American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

How to Apply & Competition Rules

The applicants must submit an application form with submission through the given link:


Each application must include:

  • Submissions must be original unpublished academic works by one author.
  • The length must be between 25 and 50 pages, including footnotes.
  • The text of the paper must be in double-spaced 12- point Courier font with 1-inch margins. Footnotes may be in single-spaced 10-point font


  • The author of the top submission will receive $3,000 and be eligible for publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.
  • The authors of the two runner-up submissions will each receive $1,000.
  • In addition, the three winning authors will be recognized at the 2019 ACS National Convention in mid-June.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for the 2019 Constance Baker Motley National Student Writing competition is February 10, 2019.

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