George Jay Joseph Nominations

George Jay Joseph Nominations

Education Law Writing

Awarded at the ELA Annual Conference

Deadline for 2022 nominations: August 1, 2022


To generate increased interest in, and recognition of, education law among not only graduate students in education schools but also students in law schools. It recognizes an outstanding student manuscript addressing one or more legal issues within any of the various contexts of education, including public and private K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, especially current and emerging issues. The award is named for the late George Jay Joseph, a Baltimore businessman who founded two legal publishing companies and the Journal of Law and Education.


The manuscript must have been drafted in the two years prior to the current ELA Annual Conference year (e.g., if the Annual Conference is occurring in 2021, manuscripts must have been written in 2021 or, 2020, or 2019). It must have not been previously published and not under review elsewhere for publication. It must be authored by an individual law student or individual student in a graduate program. Doctoral dissertations are not eligible, as they are eligible instead for ELA's Joseph C. Beckham Award. However, manuscripts that synthesize dissertations may be submitted provided that they meet the specifications.


The criteria for selection of the scholarly manuscript are the following:

  • Subject matter: The work addresses one or more legal issues within any of the various contexts of education, including public and private PK-12 schools and institutions of higher education, especially current and emerging issues in elementary and secondary public education;
  • Substance: The work provides comprehensive and accurate coverage of a topic of significance to education law;
  • Originality: The work contributes to the field of education law by offering a novel and creative analysis;
  • Style: The work's writing and organization are clear; and
  • Effectiveness: The work's thesis or argument is supported persuasively with references throughout.


Most nominations for the Joseph award are submitted by the student authors themselves. However, any ELA member or the professor of the nominee also may nominate a manuscript. The self-nominating or nominating individual should submit 1) a cover letter identifying the author, with the author's academic institution and contact information; and 2) a copy of the nominated work that does not include personally identifiable information; that includes footnotes that carefully conform to the Blue Book citation style; and that is approximately 15,000 words in length.

Please submit the nomination by email to ELA's Awards Committee, at . Please include the name of the award in the subject line of the email message.


The Joseph Award Subcommittee of ELA's Awards Committee utilizes a blind review process, with multiple readers. The readers will provide feedback for revision because the article is being submitted for publication. While the subcommitte will make every attempt to recommend a meritorious manuscript each year, the award will only be given if the committee finds an exemplary manuscript.


The subcommittee will provide the awardee and the Editor(s) of the University of South Carolina's Journal of Law and Education with the reviewers’ feedback. The Journal will collaborate with the awardee to revise the manuscript for publication.

In addition, the award recipient will receive:

  • A presentation of an award plaque during the ELA Annual Conference;
  • Complimentary Annual Conference registration for the year of award; and
  • One year's complimentary ELA membership.