Student Scholarship


We will accept submissions for our Summer Student Writing Pool from 8:00 a.m. on May 1, 2019 until 5:00 p.m. on July 15, 2019. We encourage and accept diverse forms of student writing and offer multiple money awards for exceptional student work. 

Submission Requirements

Use double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font for the body of your submission. Use single-spaced, 10-point Times New Roman font for footnotes. All citations must conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed., 2015).

Submit a cover page which includes:

  • The title of your submission
  • An abstract of 250 words or fewer, single-spaced
  • A table of contents
  • A list of the secondary sources cited that are most related to your work (do not list cases or statutes)
  • Word count (with footnotes)
  • Whether or not you are a member of VJIL and/or a UVA law student

Email your submission to the Notes Development Editor in .docx format by the time the Pool closes. Your submission must include the cover page as described above, the file name must be the title of your Note, and the subject line of the email must be “May Writing Pool Submission.” Please remove any identifying information from the body of your submission. Student writing is reviewed anonymously.

In addition to your submission, please include a separate document in your email to us with the following information, titled “[Note Title], Author Info.”

  • Your name, phone number, and e-mail address
  • The title of your submission
  • A statement that your submission was substantially written during law school
  • The name(s) of the professor(s) with whom you worked (if applicable)

Types of Submissions

We welcome three forms of student scholarship, each of which is eligible for money awards.

  • Traditional Notes (10,000 to 15,000 words)
  • Online Essays (2,500 to 7,000 words)
  • Online Case Comments (1,000 to 3,000 words)

Human Rights Competition

The Human Rights Student Scholars Writing Competition is sponsored by the University of Virginia’s Human Rights Program and the Virginia Journal of International Law. The competition accepts papers relating to human rights from current J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. students in the U.S. and abroad on a rolling basis.

The winning paper will receive $500 and expedited consideration for publication. The selection committees include members of UVA law’s faculty.

Please follow the same submission instructions as above. However, please title your email “Human Rights Competition Submission.”