Established in 2015 by Donald M. Ephraim, JD ’55, the Ephraim Prize honors the most-deserving paper in law and economics or empirical legal analysis by a law school student. The prize is awarded on an annual basis, and starting in 2019, the winning essays will receive up to a cash prize of up to $10,000. The winning essays are also published in The University of Chicago Law Review Online.
Up to $10,000 will be awarded annually for exemplary scholarship that apply the tools of law and economics. The essays can be published in The University of Chicago Law Review Online.
Submissions must focus on law and economics or the application of economic ideas to issues of law. Essay may be either theoretical or empirical in nature. While the essays must focus on law and economics, the specific topics can vary, and we encourage submissions relating to all areas of the law.
The submission page for the Donald M. Ephraim Prize is now open and will accept papers until the deadline. The extended deadline for submissions is Monday, June 1, 2020, at 5:00 PM CST, via the form below.
The competition is open to all current law students (Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022) from any ABA-accredited American law school. However, only current tenure-track professors at ABA-accredited American law schools may nominate a student's work for the competition. While submissions are limited to one per person, professors may nominate as many students as they see fit.
All entries must be original, unpublished academic work. The submission may not be submitted for consideration for publication in another journal during the judging period and must be an unpublished work at the time of submission.
By submitting to the Donald M. Ephraim Prize, the student agrees to accept the offer to publish in The University of Chicago Law Review Online and accepts the terms of The University of Chicago Law Review’s publication agreement.
Essays must be submitted in PDF format and include footnote citations. All submissions will be considered anonymously. Students must ensure that their essays do not contain any identifying information. Any essays that include identifying information, such as name, class year, or institutional affiliation, will be disqualified.
Judging process and winner notification
A selection committee comprised of University of Chicago Law School faculty and members of The University of Chicago Law Review will consider all submissions anonymously. The best submissions will demonstrate originality, thoughtfulness, solid grounding in economic thought and tradition, and practical application to legislators, judges, practitioners, and academics. Winners are announced in early July, provided with up to a $10,000 prize, and published in The University of Chicago Law Review Online.