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Law & Public Policy Essay Contest

March 19, 2023, All Day
SponsorPre-Law Program, College of Humanities and Social SciencesPosted InCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences
DepartmentPre-Law Program
Light pink colored background, Law and Public Policy appears in a large thin cursive font in the color red and is located above Essay Contest spelled in all-capitol letters in bold black font; a dark red rectangular shape that is outlined in black has Enter by May 12, 2023 (in all caps, black font) in the middle of it. The upper left corner says Pre-Law Program, Spring 2023 in bold black font; the upper right corner says Montclair State University in bold black font

The Law & Public Policy Essay Contest is designed to encourage students to participate in discourse on state, national, and global legal issues by combining their research and writing skills to increase understanding on a law or policy matter and advocate for a position. Because the practice of identifying issues, applying rules to a set of facts, and making a well-reasoned conclusion is fundamental to the study and practice of law, the Law & Public Policy Essay Contest aims for participants to hone their writing and research skills in and outside of the classroom and pursue excellence in their work.


The contest is open to current undergraduate students enrolled at Montclair State University. Each submission must be an original, unpublished, academic work on a topic related to law and public policy. Essays written for a class assignment or exam are eligible.


Submissions must be emailed as Microsoft Word documents. Essays may be 5-10 pages (double spaced) and must include proper citations.

Judging Process:

A panel of Montclair Sate Advisory Board members, many of whom are lawyers, will judge the submissions based on quality of writing, research (as well as citations), and originality.

Winning Submissions:

Winners will be contacted by email. The first-place place winner will receive a $300 prize and the second-place winner a $200 prize (both in the form of gift-card to a vendor of their choice). Selected papers will be featured on the Pre-Law Program webpage.

Submission Deadline:

All entries must be submitted to by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2023.

Information:Contact the Pre-Law Program Director, Isabelle, with any questions.