The Law and Society Association presents one award to the graduate student paper that best represents outstanding law and society research. The subject matter should be in the interdisciplinary tradition of law and society research, and should reflect the style of articles that appear in the Law & Society Review
, such as work that examines law in culture and society, including interpretative, historical, social-scientific, and jurisprudential scholarship.
The award carries a cash prize of $500.
- Only non-student members of the Law and Society Association may make nominations for the Graduate Student Award. No self-nominations are accepted.
- The paper must have been submitted within the two calendar years prior to the awards ceremony by a matriculated graduate or graduate professional student at any U.S. or non-U.S. institution of higher education. Papers originally written for coursework within this same time period and subsequently published are still eligible for nomination. Papers are only considered once within the two-year period of eligibility.
- No instructor may nominate more than two student papers for the award.
- Only one single-authored work by the same author in a given year will be accepted. Two works by the same author will be accepted if one or both works are jointly authored.
- In submitting the paper for award consideration, the nominator must include the date and title of the course for which the paper was written.
- Submissions must be in English; translations from other languages into English are welcome.
- The paper must be double-spaced; may not exceed 18,000 words in length, including notes and references; and must be in a minimum of 12 point font.
- Nominators must include a letter of support describing the merits of the student paper they are submitting.
All supporting documents must be submitted in English and be in .DOC, .RTF, or .PDF format.