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Law Day Essay Contest

Posted Date: 10/8/2012

Law Day Essay Contest 

Students in grades 4-12 could win up to $300. 

Essay prompt

Miranda: More than Words
Why is it important for people who are being questioned by police to have their Miranda Rights read to them? Why do you think people should have the right to remain silent when being questioned by police? Why should they have a right to have a lawyer present when being questioned by police?

An essay responding to the prompt above could win one of your students $300. Help your students polish their writing skills with the Missouri NEA/Missouri Bar Law Day Essay Contest.

All entries should be sent to the judging coordinator listed in the flier. Essays must be postmarked by Jan. 15, 2016. Information packets, including publicity materials, will be mailed to school district superintendents and principals in October.

Students will compete in three categories, grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Entries should be no longer than 700 words and will be judged on general appearance, structure, content, creativity and originality.

The first-place winner in each category receives $300, second-place winners receive $200, and third-place winners receive $150. State-level awards will be presented in March at a banquet in Jefferson City.

The Law Day Essay Contest is a project of the MNEA Public Relations Committee and the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers Section. More information can be found in the downloadable packet of materials. If you have any questions or concerns about the Law Day Essay Contest, contact Becky Stewart at (573) 644-9606.


2016 Law Day Essay Contest Materials (pdf)

2016 Participation Certificate (pdf)

2015 Finalists/Winners 


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