Call for Submissions for Student Essay Competition

The Duke Law Journal (DLJ) is excited to announce its second-ever online essay competition! The competition is open to all current Duke Law 2Ls who are not on an exclusive journal. Up to two winning submissions will be selected for publication in the DLJ Online in Fall 2023. Author(s) of the winning submission(s) will be awarded a $250 cash prize,* funded by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, and Research Editor positions on DLJ.

Essay Topic:

This year, we invite submissions focusing on evolution in the law. For example, how might the FTC’s proposal to ban non-competes impact competition or employment? How might, or should, recent Supreme Court decisions change state or federal laws? This is by no means an exhaustive list. We encourage submissions on a range of topics and jurisdictions. And we hope to receive both clinical and academic submissions.


  1. The essay should be no longer than 5,000 words (including footnotes). Please note, this is an essay, not a student note.
  2. Essays must be emailed to in both PDF and Word formats.
    a. The subject of the email must start with “2023 Essay Competition Submission.”
    b. The body of the email must include a word count (both with and without footnotes) and the title of the essay.
  3. The author’s name should not be included in the document.
  4. Each individual may submit no more than one piece, and submissions must be previously unpublished. Jointly written pieces will be accepted.

Any submissions that fail to follow the above instructions will be automatically disqualified.

Deadline: All pieces must be submitted by Saturday, April 8, 2023, at 11:59 pm EST.

For any questions regarding the competition, please email Senior Online Editor, Lydia Culp (

*The $250 cash prize, provided by Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, will be administered through the law school and is subject to tax. If a prize is awarded to a jointly authored submission, the amount will be divided among the credited authors.