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HOW TO SUBMIT A PAPER + FAQ

Please note: the information that follows pertains only to the Law & Policy competition for student participants in the United States. 

For information regarding the Law & Policy competition at CSAW India, please refer directly to the the IITK Policy Competition webpage here: csaw.iitk.ac.in/policy.html

WHAT PAPERS WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR THE Law & POLICY COMPETITION?

First round paper submissions must address the prompt that will be released on the CSAW website on July 15, 2017 and must be submitted by September 15, 2017  9:00 AM ET, September 25, 2017

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE CSAW Law & POLICY COMPETITION?

Competitors must be students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs in the United States as of the date of the competition. Students do not need to be enrolled at the same school or in the same degree program—in fact, we highly encourage interdisciplinary collaboration.

There is no limit to team size, but only two students per finalist team will be invited to present their team’s paper at the CSAW competition. Teams that qualify for Finals will be asked to verify their enrollment status before being offered a Travel Award.

HOW DO I SUBMIT A PAPER?

Step 1: Please register your interest in the Law & Policy Competition by completing the Registration Form, accessible here.

Step 2: Please review the 2017 paper prompt posted here.

Step 3: Source material can be accessed here.

Step 4: All papers must be submitted in PDF format, double-spaced with 12-pt Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins, and no more than 3000 words. 

The word count excludes footnotes and endnotes.

Please submit your paper via email to csaw.policy@nyu.edu by 11:59 PM ET, September 15, 2017  Extended to 9:00 AM ET, September 25, 2017

In the body of your email, please provide the following information for each of the paper's authors:

  • How did your team hear about the Law & Policy competition? (only one response required)
  • Authors' name (first, last)
  • Author's university/college email address
  • University/college affiliation
  • Level of Study in fall 2017 (Undergraduate, Master's, JD, Doctoral)
  • Area of academic study or major
  • Gender identity (optional) 

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A PAPER?

Submissions will be accepted from July 15 through September 15, 2017  9:00 AM ET, September 25, 2017

WHEN IS THE FINAL COMPETITION?

November 9 - 11, 2017.

WHERE IS THE FINAL COMPETITION?

The final Law & Policy Competition takes place on-site at the Brooklyn CSAW location:

NYU Tandon School of Engineering
6 MetroTech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I SUBMIT A PAPER?

After the submission phase closes, papers are reviewed and assessed by a panel. The panel will identify the four strongest papers to advance to the final round.

Finalist teams will then be able to revise and elaborate their proposals with a more liberal word count (8,000-word limit) and submit a final paper prior to the Final Competition. They must also prepare an oral presentation and visual guide (if desired) for the final competition.

Note, the Final competition judges will not see submissions from the first round. They will see only the team’s Final submissions.

How & when do finalists submit their final paper and presentation?

The Final Competition consists of an oral presentation of teams’ arguments to a panel of judges. Judges will have access to teams’ final proposals prior to the presentation. Teams may use visual aids during this presentation.

Finalist teams must submit their final papers and any digital visual aids to the Challenge Lead by November 2, 2017. Teams will be responsible for bringing any physical visual aids with them to CSAW.

WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE FINAL PRESENTATION?

Finalist teams will receive more information about the final presentation after selection. The presentation will last thirty minutes and finalists should expect to devote half of that time to answering judges’ questions.

WHEN WILL FINALISTS BE NOTIFIED THAT THEY'RE ELIGIBLE TO COMPETE FOR BEST Law & Policy AWARD AT CSAW?

Finalists will be notified via email no later than October 6, 2017.

MY PAPER HAS MULTIPLE AUTHORS. ARE WE ALL INVITED TO COMPETE ON-SITE AT FINALS IN NOVEMBER?

Only two student-authors of the paper will be invited to represent her or his team at CSAW competitions. However, all authors will be listed as finalists in the CSAW program.

WHAT PRIZES ARE AWARDED TO THE TOP TEAMS AT FINALS?

Cash prizes of $1000, $750, and $500 will be awarded to the top three teams. Prizes will be distributed in late November 2017. 

WHAT COSTS ARE COVERED FOR FINALISTS DURING CSAW?

Typically, transportation and room (hotel or residence hall) are covered, and meals are provided. Students will be informed of all specific costs covered when they are invited to finals.

WHOM SHOULD I CONTACT IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?

Please direct your inquiries to the Challenge Lead Team at csaw.policy@nyu.edu

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Law & Policy competition