Civics Education Essay Contest

Every year, in honor of Law Day, NCSC hosts a Civics Education Essay Contest. The goal of the contest is to get students engaged and ponder the importance of civics at home and in the classroom. The contest question is based on the American Bar Association's annual theme. ABA's 2021 Law Day theme is "Advancing the Rule of Law Now."

This year's question:

What does the rule of law mean to you?

Guidelines:

  • 3rd-8th graders should submit essays in 100 words or less.
  • 9th-12th graders should submit essays in 500 words or less.

How to enter:

Submit your entry using the form below. This is the preferred method of entry. However, hand-written essays may be submitted by mail to NCSC, c/o Deirdre Roesch, 300 Newport Avenue, Williamsburg, Va., 23185. If submitting my mail, please include the following on separate piece of paper: full name, school name, city, state, phone number, email (if applicable), teacher name and teacher email  (if applicable).

Deadline:

Submissions are due by 11:59pm (EST, US) on Friday, February 26, 2021.

The prizes:

9th-12th grade:

  • One (1) First Place: $1,000
  • One (1) Second Place: $500
  • One (1) Third Place: $250

6th-8th grade:

  • One (1) First Place: $400
  • One (1) Second Place: $200
  • One (1) Third Place: $100

3rd-5th grade:

  • One (1) First Place: $300
  • One (1) Second Place: $150
  • One (1) Third Place: $100

Questions?:

Email Senior Communications Coordinator Deirdre Roesch with questions about the essay contest.

Entry form:

NOTE: Once "Age Group" is selected, the "Attach Essay" field will be available.