The competition is open to U.S. law students at law schools approved by the American Bar Association and recent law graduates who were students at the time they wrote their papers. Students enrolled in a JD, LLB, or other first-degree program in law at an accredited faculty outside the United States may also participate. Students must be in good standing at their institutions. They are encouraged, but not required, to be a member of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation.
Papers must be the work of one student author alone (joint submissions will not be considered). Each author may submit only one paper to this year’s competition.
To be eligible for consideration, the paper must have been written between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Papers that have been published or accepted for publication are eligible for consideration as long as the other eligibility and formatting requirements are satisfied. A paper may only be submitted once to LCCHP (i.e., not in two consecutive competitions).
Papers may address any aspect of cultural heritage law relating to art, terrestrial and submerged cultural property, historic preservation, indigenous peoples, and intangible cultural heritage, but not intellectual property or family law issues, except as they relate to material cultural heritage.
** Papers that fail to conform to these formatting requirements will not be considered.
To submit your paper, please send an email with your paper as a Word or PDF email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Remember, papers must not include any identifying information.
The papers will be judged anonymously by a panel of experts in the field. The judges will base their decision on the student's ability to perform original research and demonstrate critical thinking. The panel will focus on:
The judges will determine the winner(s) in September and announce them as soon as possible thereafter. The First Place winner will receive a cash award of $500. If a tie occurs, the First Place winners will split the cash award. LCCHP reserves the right not to select a First-Place winner if a majority of the judges so recommends. LCCHP may also award a Second-Place prize of $500, at its discretion, if it determines that such a prize is appropriate.
Congratulations to Our 2020 Winner!