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Seventh Annual Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition

Seventh Annual Religious Liberty Student Writing Competition

To promote legal and academic studies in the field of religious liberty by law students and students pursuing related graduate studies. Students who have graduated from law school but who are not yet practicing law due to clerkships or other similar pursuits are also invited to submit papers. Sponsored by the Washington, D.C. mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society and the International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University


Scholarly paper relating to the topic of domestic or international religious liberty, broadly or narrowly construed


International Center for Law and Religion Studies


  • First place: $4000 cash award
  • Second place: $3000 cash award
  • Third place: $2000 cash award
  • Honorable mention: Four $1000 cash awards


July 1, 2016


  • 9,000-13,000 words, including footnotes.
  • Eligible papers must be typed, thoroughly cited and presented in a format suitable for publication, with no additional editing required.
  • Papers must conform to Bluebook requirements and may include footnotes. Papers prepared for academic coursework are permitted.
  • All papers must be submitted on or before July 1, 2016. Papers should be submitted by e-mail to papers@ in pdf and/or docx formats.
  • A current resume should also be included. You will receive e-mail confirmation of your submission.
  • All papers will be reviewed for their conformity to the above requirements and for their substantive treatment of the topic. Awards will be presented at the Religious Liberty Award Dinner in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 6, 2016.


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