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NACLE Scholars Competition

*For more information about past winners and to read their papers, please follow the links on the left labeled "Student Winners".

NACLE Scholars Competition

Through the NACLE Scholar Competition, students from NACLE member institutions compete to win an opportunity to present their written work at the annual NACLE faculty workshop.  Competition winners receive an invitation to present their paper in at NACLE's upcoming workshop in Monterrey, MX. This is an excellent opportunity for students to engage top scholars and practitioners from Canada, Mexico and the United States and develop relationships with other student winners.  NACLE will cover travel expenses for the winners (including airfare and lodging), and the winners will be presented with a NACLE Scholar certificate for their achievement.

Paper Competition Instructions

  • Student Requirements
    • You must be enrolled in a NACLE member law school:
      • Canada:  Dalhousie University, McGill University, University of Ottawa, University of British Columbia
      • Mexico:  Universidad Panamericana, UNAM, ITESM, CIDE
      • United States:  University of Houston, University of Arizona, George Washington University, Southwestern Law School, Suffolk University
    • Candidate may be enrolled in an initial law degree or Master of Laws program
  • Paper Requirementss
    • The paper muyst address a comparative aspect of North American Law or NAFTA
    • The research paper must be unpublished
    • The paper must be written during the current academic year for either course credit or independent study credit at a NACLE school
    • The paper may be written either by a candidate for either the initial law degree, or a candidate for a Master of Laws degree
    • The paper may be written in English, French or Spanish
    • The winning paper from each of the eleven NACLE law schools will be presented at the conference. It is strongly preferred that presentations be in English
  • Winner Selection
    • Faculty from each NACLE member school will select a winning paper from that school.
    • All winner will receive an invitation to present their papers at the annual NACLE conference.
    • NACLE covers travel expenses, including hotel and airfare, to the conference.


The deadline to submit your paper to the NACLE faculty representive at your school (found here) has now passed. Please stay tuned for news about the new deadline.