Hit the Books (and Databases) to Win Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research

The Ross-Blakley Law Library Award for Exemplary Student Research is not just any writing competition. As research experts, the librarians are looking for the best examples of effective gathering and synthesis of resources, in print or online.

Current Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law 2Ls, 3Ls, MLS students, and LLM students are eligible to submit their entries. The top prize is $500 and second place receives $250.

Students must submit a minimum 3,750-word scholarly paper with citations in Bluebook format, written June 2022-March 2023. Entries must not be prepared for moot court, employment, or an Advanced Legal Research course, but they may be prepared for other course assignments, journal assignments, or graduate writing requirements. Students also must submit a 250- to 500-word description of their research process, which can include reasons for writing the paper, an explanation of selection and execution of research methods, and lessons learned during the process. The abstract should not summarize the paper.

The selection criteria include sophistication, creativity and depth in the selection and use of research materials, innovation in research strategy, and skillful synthesis of research into a scholarly paper.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the online Submission Form. Submissions will be accepted on an ongoing basis until Monday, March 27, 2023 at 9:00 am.