Law Student Writing Award

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Academy is not currently accepting applications for the Law Student Writing Award. Please check back in the near future.

Law Student Writing Award for an Outstanding Paper on Social Insurance

The Academy’s Law Student Writing Award, sponsored by the Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging, is designed to recognize and promote outstanding research and analysis by law students addressing the impact of the law on social insurance policy questions, especially those that address aging.

The Second Annual Law Student Writing Award will be presented at the Academy’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., in January 2017. The winner will receive a $2,500 honorarium and the opportunity to participate in the conference with expenses paid.

Relevant topics might include analysis of legal and policy issues relating any social insurance program. These issues include but are not limited to long-term care, Social Security, Social Security Disability, health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, related public assistance and private employee benefits. Nominations of comparative and interdisciplinary work relating to social insurance protections and policies are encouraged.

Any substantial written work addressing topics relevant to the legal and policy issues creating, modifying, planning, and implementing social insurance programs are eligible for nomination. Papers prepared by any person(s) studying for a J.D. degree at an ABA-accredited law school. Eligible papers may not exceed 10,000 words in length, plus appropriate footnotes. Papers should observe the style specifications of and should be presented in double-spaced format on letter-size pages. All papers or articles completed between January 1, 2015 and September 29, 2016 will be considered.

Nomination Procedures
Nominations for the award can be made by a supervisor of the law student’s research paper, by an active member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, or any full-time faculty member at an ABA-accredited law school.

Complete applications must include:
1) Nominator Form
2) Nominator Letter
3) Applicant Form
4) copy of the paper emailed to: and mailed to National Academy of Social Insurance, Attention: Law Student Writing Award, 1200 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Suite 830, Washington, DC 20036

See the previous Law Student Writing Award Winners.

Evaluation Criteria
A law student writing competition award committee comprised of members of the Academy who teach at ABA-accredited law schools will assess each nominated paper. The committee may consult with scholars outside the committee when expertise not represented on the committee is required for appropriate consideration of a nominated paper. The criteria for assessing each paper: originality of the contribution to the body of knowledge on the law relating to social insurance, policy relevance of the findings, quality of the legal analysis, and clarity and felicity of the exposition. In cases of jointly-authored components, the related contribution of the co-authors must be explained fully.

About the Sponsor
The Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging furthers education and research that will improve the lives of older persons, particularly the disadvantaged.

For additional information, contact Devin Cowens at (202) 243-7283 or