Law Day Essay Contest

Posted Date: 10/9/2019

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

Essay prompts

Grades 9-12: The Nineteenth Amendment, giving women the right to vote, represented a revolutionary change in our constitutional system.

  • What was it about the Nineteenth Amendment that constituted such a change?
  • Do you believe the addition of the Nineteenth Amendment to our Constitution brought substantial change to American society?
  • In your view, what additional changes should occur in our society to fulfill the promise of the Nineteenth Amendment?

Grades 4-8: Before the Nineteenth Amendment was added to the Constitution, only men could vote. The Nineteenth Amendment gave the right to vote to women also.

Changes like the Nineteenth Amendment give more people the right to vote. Yet, some people choose not to vote. Why is that true? What changes would you suggest to encourage more people to exercise their right to vote?

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 Feb. 3, 2020. 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 April 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 Debra Beckman at (


2020 Law Day Essay Contest Materials (pdf)

2020 Participation Certificate (pdf)

2020 Winners 


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