Court Records college scholarship Essay Competition

  • Master, Bachelor, Phd
  • Up to $1,500
  • 1 September 2021
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An opportunity to understand the role of public records in access to justice, to learn the best practices in public records searches first hand, and to prepare for a career of a lifetime.
Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with their state’s public records law and local regulations on requesting public records. It might be very helpful to read up on the use of case law, understanding the principles behind different reported cases and their role in the administration of justice.


The Scholarship Essay Competition is aimed at college students.


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First place $1,500
Second place $500
Third place $500


To enter the contest, interested applicants must fill out the application form completely. The essay must include a personal statement (clarified in the 2nd essay question). ALL sources used in the essay must have the proper citation. Most preferred writing formats are MLA and APA. Your essay will contain a minimum word count of 1,000 words and a maximum of 1,500 words. Include your first and last name at the top of your document.
Essay Questions:
  1. How does having clear and prompt access to court records help you as a professional?
* How do they help prevent future crime?
  1. How do your local news-people, government officials, and legal professionals view the issue? (interviews encouraged!)
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