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Your mission should you choose to accept it: The National Security Writing Competition

Law and National Security

You don’t have to write like you’re Tom Cruise hanging around in Mission: Impossible. But it might help get you in the frame of mind for this writing competition.

The Standing Committee on Law and National Security is the oldest ABA standing committee. It was founded in 1962 by Justice Lewis J. Powell during his ABA presidency. The committee works with lawyers and policymakers across government, the private sector and academia to investigate questions, educate the public and advise the ABA on issues of national security law.

In order to hear new perspectives from emerging scholars and future practitioners, the Standing Committee invites law students to submit their papers to the 2017 National Security Law Student Writing Competition. And the deadline has been extended through Aug. 31!

What do I submit?

A paper with substantive legal analysis of a national security topic. From cybersecurity to nuclear nonproliferation to the structure of government surveillance, there is no shortage of complex issues to choose from. Entries should be no more than 5,000 words, with clear citations and a cover page.

Can I enter this competition?

Are you a law student or a newly minted law school graduate? Do you have an interest in national security law? If so, then yes, you can and should enter. Co-authored papers are welcome, as long as all of the authors are law students. You can also submit a paper that has been used for law school credit in this competition.

What is the prize?

The winner of the competition will get $500 and free registration for the Annual Review of the Field of National Security Law conference, held in November in Washington, DC. This conference is the premier event for national security practitioners, bringing experts from across the field to speak on a variety of topics in the security world. The winner’s paper will also be published by the Standing Committee.

How do I submit?

Read the competition guidelines for more on how to format your paper and cover sheet correctly. Then, send your entry to holly.mcmahon@americanba…, or mail it to:

American Bar Association
Standing Committee on Law and National Security
1050 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036.

All entries are due by August 31, so don’t wait to submit yours!