Why Should I Submit?

Why Should I Submit?

Why Should I participate?:

The Citizen Amicus Project invites law students to become part of the legal debate surrounding a current Supreme Court case.  Students will have the opportunity to have their voices heard regarding some of the most important constitutional issues of our time.  These rights are your rights, and as citizens and engaged legal thinkers, your opinions can have an impact on the debate.

Each year the Project chooses one of the most relevant cases on the Supreme Court docket to students.  Your short "student amicus” submission will be posted to the Citizen Amicus Project website for the Court and the rest of the legal community to view.

Will the submissions be judged?:

Three of the most compelling and relevant submissions will be chosen by our ABA-CJS student committee to receive the distinguished Student Citizen Amicus award.  The award will be chosen shortly after the Supreme Court issues its formal decision in the case.

The top three filings will earn the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Citizen Amicus Project recognition. The first place winner will receive $500 and strong consideration of having his/her submission included in the Criminal Justice Section newsletter. The second and third place winners will receive a recognition plaque.