AALS Scholarly Papers Competition

Jumpstart your scholarship by competing to be honored at the 2022 AALS Annual Meeting. The Scholarly Papers competition is open to new and emerging law faculty, who have been teaching for 5 years or fewer. Time spent as a VAP or law fellow counts toward the requirement of being a full-time educator for five years or less.


If you are a full-time law teacher at an AALS member or fee-paid school and have been teaching for five years or less as of July 1, 2021, you are eligible to submit a paper on a topic related to or concerning law.

A committee of established scholars will review the submitted papers with the authors’ identities concealed.


The competition winner will be honored at the 2022 AALS Annual Meeting. Previous winners have told us that this honor has made a difference to the law review editors considering publication of their articles.


To be considered in the competition, email an electronic version of your manuscript and a cover letter to [email protected] no later than August 5, 2021, 5:30 pm Eastern. Papers are expected to reflect original research and are not eligible for consideration if they will have been published before February 2022. For more guidelines and complete submission instructions, visit  the Annual Meeting website.

Thank you for helping us encourage and recognize excellent legal scholarship among the future leaders of our profession.