Annual Law Student Victims’ Rights Writing Competition

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Sunday, April 21, 2024 11:59 pm (pacific) in electronic format to


  • Up to 3 papers from across the country will be selected.
  • The top paper will receive a $300 prize; second and third-place papers will each receive a $100 prize.
  • Authors of selected papers will be invited to attend (virtually or in person) and may be invited to present their paper at a national webinar.
  • Conference tuition will be covered for those selected.
  • Selected papers may also be included in one of NCVLI’s nationally distributed publications.


  • Submissions must be original papers that analyze the legal rights of crime victims.
  • Preference is given to papers focusing on rights enforcement in the context of criminal justice systems, which is the area of victim law that receives the least attention.
  • Submissions should be no longer than 3500 words (including footnotes), double-spaced with one-inch margins, and the font must be Times New Roman.  If a submission is an excerpt of a larger paper please indicate that on the first page.
  • Submissions may not have been previously published or accepted for publication unless accompanied by written authorization for re-print.
  • Authors/presenters must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school at the date of their submission or have graduated from such a school within the last 18 months.

Possible topics:

  • Recent U.S. Supreme Court or state high court decisions
  • Unique hurdles to victims’ rights for particular populations, e.g.: victims of sexual assault, stalking, dating or domestic violence; child victims; immigrant victims; trafficking victims
  • Victim privacy and confidentiality
  • Fraud and identity theft
  • Intersection of hate and bias crimes and victims’ rights
  • Intersection of immigration law and victims’ rights
  • Intersection of environmental law and victims’ rights
  • Intersection of disability law and victims’ rights
  • Intersection of Title IX and victims’ rights
  • Accommodations for victims to facilitate participation (e.g., support persons, alternative means of testifying, courtroom design).
  • The intersection of privacy and media access
  • Fourth Amendment applied to victims
  • First Amendment issues from SLAPP to stalking

The transmittal email must include the following:

  • Author Name.
  • Law School.
  • Date of (Anticipated) Graduation from Law School.
  • Mailing Address.
  • Email Address.
  • Phone Number.
  • Title of abstract/article.
  • Author Biography: (150 word maximum). If selected, this bio may be used in Conference materials. If used, NCVLI may make non-substantive edits to the bio for formatting and marketing purposes without prior consent.

Questions about the application process should be directed to NCVLI at or 503-768-6963