Law Student Competitions

The Section sponsors two competitions that are reserved exclusively for law students. The annual William Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition , named in memory of the late Georgetown law professor, challenges the student-author to explore important issues of American criminal constitutional procedures. In addition to a cash prize, the winner receives a free one-year Section membership, airfare and accommodations to a Section meeting to receive the award, and possible publication of the essay in Criminal Justice magazine. See the 2009 winning article, "When Is a Parent's Authority Apparent."

The National Trial Advocacy Competition , sponsored in conjunction with The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, tests the mettle of aspiring courtroom lawyers.


Special Law Student Membership Offer

Free Law Student Section e-Membership

The Criminal Justice Section provides free electronic membership in the Section on a one-year trial basis to any interested law student member of the ABA .   The free membership includes electronic access to the CJ Section Newsletter and Criminal Justice Magazine .  

The Criminal Justice Section has many opportunities for law students to get involved . Law students receive a special rate for membership , as well as have the opportunity to serve as a Student Liaison to some of the Section's substantive Committees .

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