Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) organising a Law Student Writing Competition for which the students in to be submit their writing by March 15.


Entries must address PLF’s topic questions to be eligible for prizes.

  • Property Rights
  • Economic Liberty
  • Environmental Law
  • Free Speech

Eligibility Rules

Submissions must be original works of publishable quality written by a student currently enrolled full- or part-time in a law school in the United States.

All submissions must comply with the Harvard Law Review Association’s Bluebook Uniform System of Citation (21st ed.).  There is no page limit for entries, although a word count of 3,000 to 5,000 words is suggested.

Submission Deadline

Submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on May 15, 2018, and must be submitted by email, in both Microsoft Word and PDF formats, and composed in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced.  Citations should be included in footnotes, and the essay may include headings and subheadings.

Please email your submission to

In the body of the email please include your contact information, the law school you attend, and your expected graduation date.  You will be notified via email when your submission is received.


The first place winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize.  The second place winner will receive a $3,000 cash prize and the third place winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize.

The winner will also be recognized at the Annual Pacific Legal Foundation Gala.  PLF will pay for the winner’s reasonable travel costs to attend the gala and will assist with travel arrangements.


Essays will be judged by a panel of PLF attorneys.

A winning essay will be:

  • Adequately researched and properly supported by citations.
  • Effectively organized and articulately written.
  • Thorough, with a minimum of digression, but with potential counterarguments addressed.
  • Persuasive, original, and rigorous.

The winner will be notified by July 15, 2018.


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