The staff of Law and Society Review is ready to review you.
The Law and Society Dept. is accepting submissions for the second annual undergraduate Law and Society Review until Friday, Feb. 21. The review, initiated by Dept. Chair Eve Darian-Smith, is the nation’s first online publication for undergraduate law and society majors and provides students from any discipline an opportunity to get published.
Co-chief editor and senior law and society major Monica Fawzy said aside from being published and the monetary prizes submissions can win, one winning submission will be nominated by acting law and society Chair Kathleen Moore to receive the Law and Society Association’s annual undergraduate award. Moore is acting chair while Darian-Smith is on maternity leave.
“The Law and Society Association is an international scholarly foundation for academia,” she said. “In order to enter a submission to be reviewed by them, you have to be nominated by a member of the association and nobody from Santa Barbara has ever been nominated. It really is an honor.”
Entry topics include, but are not limited to conspiracy theories, predictive pieces, political cartoons, photo essays and reactions to the published works of 2002 contributors in Volume I of the Review, and research papers on political, legal and historical topics.
Fawzy said other universities have attempted such a review, however UCSB is the only one in the nation that has succeeded.
After the Friday deadline, submissions will be winnowed down to the best entries, which will be published online at www.lawso.ucsb.edu/projects/review in May, Fawzy said. The top three submissions will receive $500, $200 and $100, respectively. The money will be donated by the Santa Barbara County Bar Foundation at an awards ceremony in the end of May.
“Our editorial board, comprised of 12 students including Sarah [Cramer], my co-editor, and I, will go through four rounds of review,” Fawzy said. “We’re looking for style, content and the originality of pieces. It doesn’t have to be a law-so paper; we’re looking for submissions in all disciplines on campus.”
Students interested in submitting material are asked to include three copies of their work with only their perm number on each copy and a release form that can be found on the website. Last year the Review received 68 submissions.
“Last year’s winner was really well-written and well-thought out and was on a local issue,” Fawzy said. “The editorial staff decided on the winner unanimously.”
This year’s sponsors include Chancellor Henry Yang, the Social Science division of the College of Letters and Science, Santa Barbara Bank and Trust and Woodstock’s Pizza.