The American Association of Law Libraries advances the profession of law librarianship and supports the professional growth of its members through leadership and advocacy in the field of legal information and information policy.


Papers may be submitted in any of the following categories:

Open Division: Active and Retired AALL members who have been members for five or more years.
New Members Division: for recent graduates and AALL members who have been in the profession for fewer than five years.
Short Form Division: for AALL members; articles in this category will be shorter than a traditional scholarly article and may be appropriate for publication in AALL Spectrum.
Student Division: Those enrolled in library school, information management school or the equivalent, or in law school, during the Fall 2017 or Spring 2018 semester. Entrants in the Student Division need not be members of AALL.

If the Committee believes that a paper is more appropriately placed in a division other than the one originally selected by the entrant, it reserves the right, with the entrant’s permission, to place it in a different category.

Submission Guidelines

No paper or portion of a paper that has been published or accepted for publication before March 1, 2018 will be eligible for consideration.

Before submitting a paper, all authors are responsible for verifying that a substantially similar paper has not been published elsewhere. Papers submitted for courses are acceptable if they otherwise comply with the requirements of this contest.

Co-authored papers are acceptable, but each author who submits a co-authored entry for the Student Division must meet the student eligibility requirements of this category.

Submissions for the Student Division must include a supporting letter from an instructor at the institution where the student is enrolled (preferably the supervising faculty member of the paper).

All submissions must be Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files. They should be sent as attachments to an e-mail to the AALL Membership Coordinator at

Submit this application, your paper (as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment), an abstract (no more than 1 page), and for the Student Division submit an instructor’s letter.

Send all documentation to the AALL Membership.

Important Dates

To be eligible for an award in the Open, New Member or Short Division, papers, together with all required supporting documents, must be submitted by March 1, 2018.

To be eligible for an award in the Student Division, papers, together with all required supporting documents, must be received by May 16, 2018.


Chair, Call for Papers Committee American Association of Law Libraries
105 W. Adams Street, Suite 3300 Chicago, Illinois 60603

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