Law Student Expungement Writing Competition

First annual Criminal Record Policy Essay Competition and Scholarship for law students, sponsored by The Foundation for Continuing Justice. More than $4,000 will be awarded to the 7 winners.

Law student expungement writing competition

The competition is designed to increase awareness of the impact of laws governing the retention and dissemination of criminal records by courts and state agencies, as well as the laws governing the public’s use of such records. This unique competition will be judged by a diverse panel of judges representing practitioners, academics and business professionals in the background check industry. Along with a first, second and third prize, there will be a prize for best research and best policy recommendations.

The goal of the contest is to support law students’ educational pursuits while helping increase awareness of long-term impact a criminal record has and the importance of thoughtful laws governing topics as criminal record expungement and sealing as well as the publicizing and utilization of criminal records.

2015-2016 Essay Topics:

Please choose one of the following:

The Prizes For The Winning Essays Are As Follows:

Submission Deadline:

Expungement competition submission deadline

Essay Competition Rules:

Law student expungement writing competition guidelines

To be eligible the student must be:

About the Sponsors:

The Foundation for Continuing Justice is a non-profit law firm that provides assistance to former offenders looking to fully reintegrate into society and related policy research to lawmakers. The contest is co-sponsored by the, a division of the Law Firm of Higbee & Associates.

How To Apply:

Please submit your essay via the online form below. Once we receive your submission, we will send you a confirmation email.

Please upload your essay in PDF format. The PDF should include your essay and have it named as "2016-firstname-lastname-scholarship-essay.pdf". Also include the name of the law school that you are enrolled in and your email address for that school which we can contact you from to confirm that you are a law student.

The winners grant and the Foundation for Continuing Justice permission to post their winning essay on and/or our social media accounts. The essay must be original content and we will be using software to check that it is not plagiarized.

Please indicate the best time you can be reached and feel free to add anything you feel is relevant. For instance, you applied to several law schools and you are not sure where you will be attending...