Law & Religion Junior Faculty Conference

Location: Notre Dame Law School Chicago Campus

Notre Dame Law School in Chicago
Notre Dame Law School in Chicago

The University of Notre Dame Law School's Religious Liberty Initiative invites junior faculty to submit abstracts of works in progress to be considered for presentation at a Law & Religion Junior Faculty Conference to be held at Notre Dame Law School's Chicago Campus October 27-28, 2023.

We are looking for submissions of proposed articles that will make significant contributions in the field of law and religion. If your paper is selected, you will receive a $1,500 honorarium + travel costs, and dedicated commentary on your paper from a distinguished scholar in this field. You also commit that you will have a working draft circulated at least one month before the Conference. For more information and to submit a 500-word abstract of your proposed article by April 28th, 2023, visit our website. If you already have a working draft of your article, you may also submit that with your abstract for consideration during the selection process. 

Qualifications: Submissions are limited to unpublished papers by junior faculty, meaning tenure-track law faculty who have been teaching for no more than 10 years. Aspiring scholars who have not yet obtained their first tenure-track appointments, including teaching or other fellows and visiting assistant professors, are also welcome to submit papers for consideration.

  • Submissions may not have been accepted for publication by a journal, and the article must remain substantively revisable (for purposes of incorporating changes resulting from conference feedback).
  • There is a limit of one submission per person.
  • Co-authored pieces will be accepted only if both authors are junior faculty members. Any honorarium awarded on the basis of a co-authored piece must be shared.

Selection: Submissions will be competitively selected by a jury of distinguished scholars in the field of law and religion. 

Reach out to Stephanie Barclay at with any additional questions.

Submissions for this conference are now closed.