Scholarship Essay Contest

Spring 2012 Essay Contest Winning Essay Submitted by Patrick A. Woods, Editor in Chief, Albany Law Review

Click here to read the Spring 2012 Essay Contest Winner

Contest imageCitizens' Committee for an Effective State Constitution in New York will hold an essay competition managed by SUNY for law students this year on state constitutional issues.

While any Constitutional issue can be chosen, a focus on campaign finance, redistricting or any of the topics on the home page are of special interest to the Committee.

Essays selected as strongest will be presented at a statewide conference on state constitutional change where the authors of the best will be awarded cash scholarship prizes of $1,000.

The Rules:

  • Essays must be between 5000-7500 words in length
  • Essays must be available for review by April 1, 2012
  • Essays will be submitted electronically through this web site
  • Essays must address a New York State Constitutional issue

A panel of subject matter experts and academics will evaluate the essay submissions, and will select the best papers to be presented at a day-long conference, to be held at the Albany Law School in collaboration with its Local Government Law Center. Expenses for attending this conference will be covered by our project. Authors of the essays delivered at the conference that are selected as best will not only appear on this website but will be eligible for an award of a $1,000 cash prize.  We are in discussions, as well, about a venue in which we might publish a selection of the papers presented at the Albany conference.

On the Law Schools page of this site you will find a list of participating law schools, and the contact information of a professor on campus who has agreed to act as a faculty adviser for the competition. There are also individual forums for each law school where participating students can collaborate and discuss topics of interest.

To gain access to the forum, please register for an account. Once you are logged in, you will find a link to the forums under the CRREO tab in the menu bar at the top of this page. This will give you access to the general forum for questions or discussion on the competition itself. You will also have access to a forum for your individual law school where you can discuss and collaborate on your essays.

Please feel free to email any questions or comments to: contest [dot] crreo [at] newpaltz [dot] edu



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