Yale Law Journal Forum Student Essay Competition

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Yale Law Journal Forum Student Essay Competition

The Yale Law Journal is excited to announce its second Yale Law Journal Forum Student Essay Competition. The competition is open to all current law students and recent graduates from an ABA-accredited American law school.

The goal of this competition is for the next generation of legal scholars and practitioners to reflect on emerging legal problems and challenges. This year, submissions must focus on novel issues in health law, broadly conceived.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following: bioethics, biotechnology, decriminalization of controlled substances, food law, global health, healthcare legislation, and law and the opioid crisis, medical malpractice, and pharmaceutical regulation.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the applicants must:

  • Be a law student or
  • Be a recent graduate (JDs and LLMs from the Classes of 2014-2021) from an ABA-accredited American law school nationwide.

How to Apply & Competitions Rules:

To participate, the applicants need to do register through the given link: https://ylj.yalelawjournal.org/login


  • Each individual may submit only one previously unpublished Essay, and Essays may not be submitted to other law reviews during the competition period.
  • Submissions must be no longer than 5,000 words, including footnotes.
  • Submissions should be uploaded in the “Yale Law Journal Forum Faculty & Practitioner Submission” category.
  • Submit Essays as either a Word document or PDF file.
  • Your submission should be titled “YLJ Essay Competition – [Essay Title]” and include a header with “YLJ Essay Competition” in the main text of your document.
  • To ensure blind review, do not include any identifying information, including name, class year, or institution.
  • If you’re Essay contains any identifying information or has been submitted elsewhere it will be disqualified.


  • Up to three winners will be awarded a $300 cash prize.
  • Winning submissions will be published in the Yale Law Journal Forum, YLJ’s online component.

Application Deadline:

The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2018.

Apply Now

Questions about the Student Essay Competition should be directed to Jordan Goldberg and Aaron Roper, Managing Editors (jordan.r.goldberg@yale.edu; aaron.roper@yale.edu).

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