Best Paper Prize

The Society of Legal Scholars offers a prize for the best paper presented at a Subject Section session at the Annual Conference.


The SLS Prize consists of a monetary award of £250.00.
A final version of the prize-winning paper will be published in Legal Studies (subject to any revisions suggested by the Editors).  


The prize is open only to fully paid-up members of the Society.

 Where a paper has more than one author all must be such members.


The Paper:

Must have been accepted by the Subject Section Convenor for inclusion in the programme
Must be submitted to the paperbank one week before the start of the Conference in the relevant year (See Guidance Note 1)
Must not have been published previously or already accepted for publication elsewhere.
Must not exceed 12,000 words including footnotes

The Author(s):

Must present an oral version of the paper at the Annual Conference
Agree to publish the paper in Legal Studies if awarded the prize (subject to the publishers standard conditions)
See further Guidance Note 2.


Contribution to scholarship
Clarity and style.


At the end of the Conference, each Subject Section Convenor will nominate not more than one paper from those submitted to their Section as above. Where a Convenor is unable to act, for example where there is a conflict of interest, he or she will nominate another member of the Section to act as an alternate.
The judges will be the President of the Society, the Subject Sections Secretary and the Editors of Legal Studies.  Where any is unable to act the Executive Committee may nominate an alternate.
Judging will be based on the latest version of the paper submitted to the paperbank one week before the start of the Conference (see Guidance Note 1).
The prize may, in the judges discretion, be shared between two or more papers.
A shortlist will be announced by mid October. The prize winner(s) will be announced by 31 October.
The judges reserve the right not to present the award and neither they nor the Society will enter into correspondence about their decisions.

1.    In 2012 the deadline is 5 pm on 3rd September 2012. 
2.     The author of a paper that satisfies these conditions will be deemed to have consented to that paper being considered for the prize unless they indicate expressly to the contrary.

Revised Version 2012, approved by the SLS Executive May 2012

What is the SLS?

The Society of Legal Scholars (est. 1909) is the learned society for those who teach law in a university or similar institution or who are otherwise engaged in legal scholarship.

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