Awards for American Indians


Tribes and Nations - Miscellaneous and Other Minorities


American Indian Law Review Writing Competition

American Indian Law Review
Attn: Writing Competition Editor
Andrew M. Coasts hall
300 Timberdell Road
Norman, OK 73019
(405) 325-2840      Fax: (405) 325-6282


To recognize and reward outstanding unpublished papers written by law students on American Indian law.


This competition is open to students at accredited law schools in the United States or Canada.  They may submit an unpublished paper (from 20 to 50 pages in length) on any issue concerning American Indian Law (although topics recently published in the American Indian Law Review are not encouraged).

 Selection is based on:

  • originality and timeliness of topic
  • knowledge and use of applicable legal principles
  • proper and articulate analysis of the issues
  • use of authorities, extent of research
  • logic and reasoning in analysis
  • ingenuity and ability to argue by analogy
  • clarity and organization
  • correctness of format and citations
  • grammar and writing style
  • strength and logic of conclusions.

Financial data

First prize is      

  • $1,000
  • publication of the paper in the American Indian Law Review

Second prize is

  • $500

Third prize is

  • $250


The competition is held annually

Number awarded

3 each year


January of each year