Call for Submissions for Student Online Essay Competition

The Duke Law Journal (DLJ) is excited to announce its third 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 2024. Author(s) of the winning submission(s) will be awarded a cash prize and Research Editor positions on DLJ.

Essay Topic:

In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, we invite submissions focusing on concepts of justice or civil rights. Both clinical and academic submissions are welcome, and we invite authors to construe this prompt broadly. For example, how are civil rights impacted by other areas of law? How might a certain criminal or civil procedure be changed to achieve more just results? How might, or should, recent Supreme Court decisions impact civil rights or racial justice?


  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 “2024 Online 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 Each individual may submit no more than one piece, and submissions must be previously unpublished.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 Friday, May 10, 2024, at 5:00 pm EST.

For any questions regarding the competition, please email Senior Online Editor, Maggie Ash (