ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

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ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition

Environmental Law Institute is proud to announce an ELI Constitutional Environmental Law Writing Competition for those students who are currently enrolled in law school in the U.S. or abroad.

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) makes law work for people, places, and the planet. ELI’s Mission is to foster innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress.

Who May Eligible:

Eligible candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Students currently enrolled in law school (in the U.S. or abroad) are eligible, including students who will graduate in 2019.
  • Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit.
  • Jointly authored pieces are eligible only if all authors are students and consent to submit.
  • Previously published pieces, or pieces that are already slated for publication, are ineligible.

How to Apply & Competition Rules

The applicant’s submission entries (and any questions) to Lovinia Reynolds must be email at reynolds@eli.org.


  • Cover page. This separate page must include the following information:
    • Title;
    • Author’s name, year in law school, and expected graduation date (to facilitate impartial judging, the author’s name and law school must NOT appear anywhere else in the entry, other than on this cover page);
    • Law school name and address;
    • Author’s permanent and school mailing addresses, email address, and phone number (IMPORTANT: indicate effective dates for any contact information that is subject to change);
    • Abstract (limited to 100 words) describing the piece; and
    • Certification that the article has not been published and is not slated for future publication (while authors may submit their articles to other publishers or competitions, acceptance for publication elsewhere will disqualify an entry from further consideration).
  • Format. Submissions may be of any length up to a maximum of 50 pages (including footnotes), in a double-spaced, 8.5 x 11-inch page format with 12-point font (10-point for footnotes, single-spaced). Citation style should conform to the Bluebook.
  • Submissions must be made by email attachment in Microsoft Word format, with the cover page as a separate attachment.


In the contest students will receive $2000 cash, publication in ELI’s flagship publication, the Environmental Law Reporter, and a one-year individual membership to ELI.

Application Deadline:

For this contest applicant’s entries must be received no later than 11:59 pm ET on Monday, April 8, 2019.

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