To be eligible to win, applicants must:
- Be of 2L (JD), 3L (JD), or LLM status at Cornell Law School
- Have completed a scholarly research paper in the time period spanning
June, 2012 – May, 2013.
- May include, but are not limited to, papers written for a class or
journal notes. Work product generated through summer or other employment
will not be accepted
- Must be a minimum of 10 pages in length
- Must be written in proper Bluebook format
- Must be properly footnoted
Applications must be submitted via email to Amy Emerson.
Entries must be accompanied by
- The author's name, law school year, degree anticipated, and contact
- A one page abstract (500 words or less) summarizing the research process
involved, the lessons learned from that research process, the original purpose
for which the paper was written, and the professor for whom the paper was
written, if applicable.
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2012-2013 period. Papers will be accepted on an ongoing basis through May, 2013.
A panel composed of five Research Attorneys will judge
submissions based on how well they demonstrate the following:
- Sophistication, originality, or unusual depth or breadth in the use of
research materials, including, but not limited to, print resources, electronic
search engines and databases, primary and secondary legal resources,
interdisciplinary resources, and empirical resources
- Exceptional innovation in research strategy, including the ability to
locate, select, and evaluate research materials with discretion
- Skillful synthesis of research results into a comprehensive scholarly
Funding for the Cornell Law Library Prize for Exemplary Student Research is provided by an endowment given to the Law Library by Barbara Cantwell in honor of her late husband, Robert Cantwell, a 1956 graduate of Cornell Law School.
- First Place - $500.00
- Second Place - $250.00
- Winners are invited to publish their paper in Scholarship@Cornell Law, a digital
repository of the Cornell Law Library. Here, papers are provided with
exposure to the global community, including scholars, researchers, and
- Winners are further invited to contribute to a Reading Room display
about their research for public exhibition during the year following receipt of
- First Place: Annexation of the Jury's Role in Res Judicata Disputes: The Silent Migration from Question of Fact to Question of Law, by Steven Madrid
- Second Place: Targeted Killing and Just War: Reconciling Kill-Capture Missions and the Combatant Civilian Framework, by Louis Guard