The Crane Writing Competition

HThe Thomas Jefferson School of Law is proud to announce third annual Jameson Crane Iiiy and the Law Writing Competition.  The contest is open to currently enrolled law students (J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D.), medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields. The Crane Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding student at the intersection of law and medicine or law and the social sciences that promote an understanding, furthers the development of legal rights and protections, and improves the lives of those with disabilities. The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 and two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.


The mission of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law is to provide an outstanding legal education for a nationally-based, diverse student body in a collegial and supportive environment with attention to newly emerging areas of law, particularly those related to technological development, globalization and the quest for social justice.




The Crane Writing Competition is open to currently enrolled law students (J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D.), medical students, and doctoral candidates in related fields who attend an accredited graduate program of study in the United States.


How to Apply:


To be enter in writing contest, the candidates are required to submit the papers on any topic relating to disability law including, legal issues arising with respect to employment, government services and programs, public accommodations, education, higher education, housing, and health care.




The written submission shall be an original work of a single author not previously published or under consideration for publication

The work must be produced in conjunction with course work toward a degree or under the supervision of a faculty member at the student’s home institution. Only one submission may be submitted per author

Submissions should be appropriate for law review publication

Citations should conform to the citation style most frequently used by the student’s discipline. For example, law student manuscripts should employ the current edition of The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation

All submissions should be in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point font on 8 1/2 by 11-inch paper

A cover page must be provided that includes: author name, contact information, school, and the academic degree currently pursued by the student

Submissions must not exceed 35 pages in length, including citations, any figures or tables, and the cover page. The paper title should appear on the first full page of text. Identifying information, including student name, should not appear on any page other than the cover page

Submitting Details:


All submissions must be submitted electronically to


Financial Aid and Award Money:


The winner of the competition will receive a $1,500 cash prize and the Thomas Jefferson Law Review(TJLR) will consider the paper for publication under the TJLR’s editorial standards.

Two second place winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Application Deadline:


All entries must be received by midnight, Pacific Standard Time, January 15, 2017. Winning submissions will be announced on April 15, 2017.


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