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Law Day Essay Contest

Law Day Essay Contest

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower designated May 1 as Law Day. To commemorate this, the State Bar of Michigan and the Michigan Lawyers Auxiliary offer an essay contest for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Each winner receives a $100-$200 savings bond, a trophy, and an award proclamation from the governor. State level awards will be presented at the Law Day luncheon in Lansing at the Michigan Hall of Justice, where winners, parents, teachers, and principals are guests.

We encourage you to participate in your local Law Day essay contest or submit your essay directly to the state level if there is no local contest.

To participate, each student answers a public policy "should" question. These questions can be found by clicking the Should Questions link below. The deadline has been extended to March 3. New this year is the option to e-mail essays and cover sheets to Please send entries in Microsoft Word format (preferred); PDFs are also accepted. You can, of course, still send entries by U.S. Mail.

The Crystal Apple for the Teacher award recognizes a teacher who has made outstanding contributions to law-related education. Michigan Lawyers Auxiliary has added a $500 savings bond award for an elementary, middle school, or high school winner. If you know of any qualified teacher, please nominate them before the March 1 deadline.

Mary Ann Farris, Chair
Michigan Lawyers Auxiliary Law Day Essay Contest

Margaret J. Krasnoff, Chair
Law Day Subcommittee
Law Related Education & Public Outreach Committee
State Bar of Michigan

Essay Contest Links:

  • Main Law Day Page
  • Contest Rules & Requirements
  • Should Questions
  • Cover Sheet
  • Crystal Apple Nomination Form