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The Everytown Law Fund sponsors an annual national writing competition open to current law school students. The preferred length for submissions is 5,000 to 15,000 words, including footnotes, but they may be as long as a law review note.

The competition asks students to consider how they might use litigation and the law to reduce gun violence. Each year will focus on a particular theme. Examples may include topics such as reducing gun violence through: 1) representing survivors of gun violence; 2) challenging the gun industry’s dangerous business practices; 3) lawsuits seeking stronger enforcement of existing gun safety laws; 4) defending gun safety laws against Constitutional challenges; 5) litigating at the intersection of civil rights and gun violence prevention; or 6) emerging topics in Second Amendment jurisprudence.


The competition theme, submission requirements, and details about how to submit will be announced in July 2022. All papers will be due in the spring of 2023.

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be judged by their contribution to gun violence prevention litigation, use of legal analysis, quality of legal research and writing, creativity, and vision. 


The author of the winning paper will receive a $2,500 prize. Two runners-up will each receive $1,000 prizes. The winner and two runners-up will receive a speaking opportunity at an Everytown for Gun Safety convening. All three top papers will be eligible for publication on Everytown for Gun Safety’s website or social media.


Please sign up below to receive email updates about the upcoming competition. Please direct any further questions to [email protected]