For Students!

As a student, you are welcome to apply to four specific opportunities:

  1. You may submit an abstract to the general conference following the instructions for paper and poster submissions.
  2. You may submit a full paper to the Student Paper Contest following the instructions below. (Student paper submitters are urged to apply also for the Graduate Student Consortium.)
  3. You may submit an application for the Graduate Student Consortium.
  4. You may submit to the Charles Benton Junior Scholar Award.

Note:   These four opportunities stand alone. Application to one does not automatically submit your work to any of the others (and acceptance to one does not imply acceptance to the others). You may apply for all three or any subset, following the submission criteria for each as stated in the calls. For example, to submit to both the main conference and the student paper competition, you must create a separate submission in compliance with the Call for Conference Papers by the conference paper deadline of April 30, 2018.

Call for Student Papers


Unlike the general conference where only abstracts are submitted and reviewed, the student paper competition requires full papers. Three papers will be selected to be part of the conference program through a double-blind review process.


The student paper competition is open to all graduate and law students enrolled during the 2017-2018 school year regardless of their status at the time of the 2018 conference. Coauthors may only be other students meeting the same criteria. Papers co-authored with faculty or other non-students are not eligible. Papers should not exceed 15,000 words, including references. Students are encouraged to have their submissions endorsed by a faculty member at the student’s institution. 

As with the general session papers, student papers previously accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal or conference proceeding, in a law review, or as a chapter in a published book are not eligible. Material that has been published or presented in other venues (e.g., dissertations, working papers, position papers, documents in repositories like SSRN, and other conferences) is acceptable. It is recommended that you review the general information concerning the call listed on our Overview page.


·      First Prize: $1,000

·      Second Prize: $500        

·      Third Prize: $300

All award winners also receive complimentary conference registration, travel reimbursement up to $500, and inclusion in a paper session in the conference. If a student paper winner has also been accepted as a general conference paper or poster presenter, the student will be asked to present the student paper contest paper and must have a co-author present the general conference paper. All authors are permitted to present only one paper at TPRC.

The next three highest-rated papers will be given the opportunity to present their research during the Poster Session.

Important Dates:

●        Full paper with accompanying abstract: April 30th

●        Notice of decisions: May 31.

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