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Law Student Writing Competition 

Through this competition we endeavor to encourage and recognize scholarship in cultural heritage law by recognizing law students for superior papers in the field. 



Submission Deadline: TBD 

Who is Eligible to Submit a Paper

The competition is open to U.S. law students at law schools approved by the American Bar Association and recent law graduates who were students at the time they wrote their papers. Students enrolled in a JD, LLB, or other first-degree program in law at an accredited faculty outside the United States may also participate. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. They are encouraged, but not required, to be a member of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.

Papers must be the work of one student author alone (joint submissions will not be considered). Each author may submit only one paper to this year’s competition.

What Papers are Eligible for Consideration

To be eligible for consideration, the paper must have been written between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Papers that have been published or accepted for publication are eligible for consideration as long as the other eligibility and formatting requirements are satisfied. A paper may only be submitted once to LCCHP (i.e., not in two consecutive competitions).  

Papers may address any aspect of cultural heritage law relating to art, terrestrial and submerged cultural property, historic preservation, indigenous peoples, and intangible cultural heritage, but not intellectual property or family law issues, except as they relate to material cultural heritage.

What are the Formatting Requirements for Submissions

  • Submissions must be at least 20 and no more than 40 double-spaced pages, including footnotes, and must be paginated.
  • The text must be in 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • The footnotes must be in 10-point Times New Roman font. DO NOT USE ENDNOTES.
  • Use 1-inch margins on all sides.
  • Citations must conform to the current Harvard Law Review Association's Uniform System of Citation.
  • Submissions must be in the form of a seminar paper or law review article, not a memorandum, brief,  judicial opinion, or other type of legal document. 
  • Submissions must not include the author’s name, law school, or any other identifying information.

** Papers that fail to conform to these formatting requirements will not be considered.

What is the Submission Process

To submit your paper, please send an email with your paper as a Word or PDF email attachment to director@culturalheritagelaw.org.

**Remember, papers must not include any identifying information.


The papers will be judged anonymously by a panel of experts in the field. The judges will base their decision on the student's ability to perform original research and demonstrate critical thinking. The panel will focus on:

  • Originality of thought
  • Originality of topic
  • Organization
  • Analysis/Persuasiveness
  • Quality of writing
  • Citation form
  • Appropriateness of authorities cited


The judges will determine the winner(s) in September and announce them as soon as possible thereafter. The First Place winner will receive a cash award of $500. If a tie occurs, the First Place winners will split the cash award. LCCHP reserves the right not to select a First-Place winner if a majority of the judges so recommends. LCCHP may also award a Second-Place prize of $500, at its discretion, if it determines that such a prize is appropriate.

Download rule summary 

Download full competition rules 

Congratulations to Our 2020 Winner! 

 Echoes of the Occupation.pdf

  Wade Speake

Wade is a second-year student at Fordham University School of Law, and is a graduate of the University of Florida. Currently Wade is an IP Paralegal and Foreign Filing Specialist at RWS inovia.


2019: Caroline Joanne Harvey University of Georgia School of Law; Emily (Yoon Sung) Choi Georgetown Law

2018: Wendy Dickieson University of Pennsylvania Law School; Matthew Rosendahl William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law

2017: Aaron Haines Cardozo School of Law; Casey J. Snyder University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Claire Stephens Chicago-Kent College of Law

2016: Laura Elizabeth Booth Georgetown University Law Center and Paige Marie Casaly New York University School of Law (Co-First Place); Kate Falconer Washington University in St. Louis School of Law (Honorable Mention)

2015: Heather Scruggs, South Texas College of Law

2014: Anne Horn Baroody, University of Georgia School of Law

2013: Lauren Harkey, UNC School of Law

2012: Salome Kiwara-Wilson, DePaul University College of Law

2011: Laurie Frey, Columbia Law School

2010: Kelly Culbertson, Case Western Reserve University School of Law (First Place); Rebecca Menke, Cardozo School of Law (Second Place)

2009: Amelia Sargent, Stanford University Law School (First Place);  Melanie Greer, DePaul University College of Law(Second Place)

2008: Ethan Plaut, University of Colorado Law School (First Place); Bryan Stockton of Georgetown Law School(Second Place)

2007: James A. Wawrzyniak, Harvard Law School (First Place); Dorothy Schmidt, Lewis and Clark Law School(Second Place)

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