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Legislation Competition

About the Competition

In Spring 2014, the N.Y.U. Journal of Legislation and Public Policy in partnership with the N.Y.U. Chapter of the American Constitution Society hosted the first annual Legislation Competition.

The aim of the N.Y.U. Legislation Competition is to engage today’s brightest young legal scholars to research and propose practical solutions to some of today’s most challenging public policy problems. The competition is open to all students at N.Y.U. School of Law, including first-year students, and is particularly focused on the art of policy advocacy through academic research and legislative drafting.

All participants in the Competition will receive a written prompt and will have approximately one month to produce (1) a piece of model state legislation that addresses the problem identified in the prompt and (2) a 5-10 page academic white paper in support of the model legislation. These submissions will be graded by a Competition Committee for content, creativity, feasibility, form, and persuasiveness. The winning entry will be offered a cash prize and an opportunity to participate in the Journal‘s editorial process to refine the submission into a publication-ready piece.

The inaugural policy problem challenged students to tackle the issue of access to legal representation and produced a number of interesting proposals. The winning proposal, published in the 2014 volume of our online companion Quorum, sought to address this concern by “authoriz[ing] state agencies that administer Social Security Act programs to open negotiations with the appropriate federal agencies to create demonstration projects that provide people with legal counsel.”

In Spring 2015, students will tackle an issue focused on improving governance through the use of technology and open data.


The 2015 Legislation Competition has begun!

Clarification questions due February 17, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Competitor submissions due March 6, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.

2015 Competition Rules


Spring 2014 Winner

Cerin M. Lindgrensavage ’16
Model Fairness and Advocacy for Interested Recipients (FAIR) Act: Ensuring Fair and Balanced Treatment of Americans Participating in Social Security Act Programs Through Legal Representation and Counsel


*This competition is supported in part by the generous contributions of our sponsor(s)

2015: LexisNexis
2014: LexisNexis, BarBri