Law Essay Contests (LEC)

The Justice Resource Center (JRC) promotes annual law essay contests sponsored by our legal partners.  Please see some of the past essay contests below and contact the JRC for information on current essay contests.


The annual New York City Public High School Essay Contest is sponsored by the New York County Lawyer’s Association (NYCLA).

2017’s essay topic is: What is a constitutional convention (in New York State) and why is it valuable? Provide two to five specific proposals that would be beneficial to your community and that could be considered at the next constitutional convention.

Essays are judged on the basis of content and writing style.  The Law-Related Education Committee reviews essays and selects the winners.  There are cash prizes for the finalists and an awards ceremony at NYCLA. Submissions are due no later than March 1, 2017. Additional guidelines and information can be found here.


The Association of Supreme Court Justices of the State of New York and the New York Law Journal sponsor an essay contest for high school students.

Past topic: Realizing the Dream: Equality for All

Winners can earn an internship with a Justice of the Supreme Court, publication, and awards.  Finalists are also invited to attend an awards ceremony.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Debra Lesser: