The California State Bar Public Law Section seeks entries for its annual Student Writing Competition. The competition is open to students at all California-accredited law schools, and the winner receives a $2,000 cash prize. The winner also will be recognized at an awards reception sponsored by the Public Law Section. The Public Law Section will pay the winner’s reasonable transportation and hotel accommodation expenses to attend the award reception. 

What articles are eligible?

Articles must be 2,000-3,000 words (not including endnotes) and must be on topic related to public law — a field that covers areas such as administrative law, constitutional law, municipal law, open meetings/open records law, political/election law, education law, state and federal legislation, public employment and labor law government contracts, government tort liability and regulations, land use/environmental issues, public law ethics, public finance, and water law. Articles should be written in a style suitable for publication in the Public Law Journal and should include citations in either Bluebook or California Style Manual format, with citations included in endnotes, not footnotes. Articles should be the original wok of the submitting students without substantial editorial input from others. 

Deadline/Method of Submission

Articles must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on May 15, 2017. Articles must be submitted, by email, in Microsoft Word documents in Times New Roman 12-point font, single spaced. Citations must be included in end-notes, not footnotes. Articles may include headings and subheadings, but excessive heading are discouraged. Email articles to  or  


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