Rules and Eligibility

Purpose:  Under a grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Nightlight Christian Adoptions is conducting a law student essay competition to raise awareness and increase interest in embryo donation and adoption.

Eligibility:  The competition is open to currently enrolled students of ABA accredited law schools (including provisionally approved law schools).  The essay must be the student's original, unpublished work.  The paper may be prepared to satisfy a course requirement or for other academic credit.  However, the essay must be the work of the submitting student without substantial editorial input from others.  Co-authored papers are ineligible.  Essay submission deadline is Monday, March 7, 2011, 5:00 p.m. PST*.

Format:  Entries should reflect scholarship and be presented in law review style.  Essays must not exceed twenty (20) pages, including title, citations, and any footnotes.  The text of the essay must be double-spaced, with twelve-point font and one-inch margins.  Citations must be embedded in text or in footnote form; essays with endnotes will be disqualified.  Cites must conform with the 18th Edition of The Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation, available through:

The title, page number, and Personal Registration Number (PRN) must appear at the top of each page of the paper. The entrant's name and other identifying markings, such as school name, MAY NOT appear on any portion of the submitted essay. The Personal Registration Number (PRN) provided MUST appear on each page of the paper. This responsibility lies wholly upon the entrant, and if submissions are received without the Personal Registration Number (PRN), staff is not obligated to submit the papers to the judging panel. Neither the entrant's identity nor his/her academic institution will be known to the judging panel.

Publication Rights:  Entrant in the competition grants the right of publication to Nightlight Christian Adoptions and agrees to hold harmless from and to indemnify them for, any and all damages and costs relating to copyright infringement or plagiarism.

Judging:  All essay entries will be submitted electronically via the Submit Essay page of this website.  Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

Papers will be evaluated, and awards given, at the sole discretion of a panel who will have no knowledge of the author's name or law school.

Awards:  First place: $2,500 award.  Second place: $1,500 award.  Third place: $1,000 award. *SPECIAL INCENTIVE FOR EARLY ENTRIES: All entries received by Monday, February 7, 2011, 5:00 pm PST will be eligible for a $500.00 BONUS award if the entry is selected as the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place winner. The panel reserves the right to make no award if a worthy essay is not submitted.