The information below pertains to CSAW North America. For details regarding Law & Policy for CSAW India, visit that specific website here

The Law & Policy Competition challenges contestants to think about the big picture of cyber security law, policy, economics, and governance.

Students interested in the nexus of law, policy, and emerging technology issues are invited to participate in the CSAW 2017 Law & Policy Competition, in which student teams from across the country will compete for the chance to present their best legal arguments in front of a panel of renowned judges. After a written qualifying round, the top four highest qualifying teams will travel to New York to present their arguments for the competition’s final round.

This year’s topic will address questions at the cutting edge of privacy, security, and technology, allowing students to research a highly relevant subject and argue their position on the topic in a legal brief. In the competition’s final round, the four finalist teams will have the opportunity to present oral arguments in front of a panel of judges, who will then question students in the style of an appellate court. The three top teams will receive cash prizes of $1000, $750, and $500.

Any student interested in these issues, with whatever academic background—law, policy, engineering, or other discipline— is encouraged to apply. This year’s competition will present a unique opportunity to argue a compelling issue at the intersection of these fields, speak in front of a panel judges, and compete and network with other students from across the country. We look forward to reading your submissions!

Registration closed

Finalists Announced by:
October 6, 2017
Finals onsite at CSAW:
November 9-11, 2017

  • Submission phase ran:

July 15 - September 25, 2017

Guest Registration

Registration for guests who wish to attend CSAW'17 North America events at NYU Tandon


Students and faculty leading Law & Policy.

Submission guide + FAQ for Law & Policy.

Meet the experts who will be judging Law & Policy.

The CSAW 2017 Law & Policy Prompt.

Source packets to assist in creating the prompt.

Awards given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

See the finalists of the Law & Policy competition.