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Law Student Writing Competition

Each year, PMC challenges law students to examine an issue impacting Pennsylvania's judiciary and write an essay supporting their arguments and/or proposed solutions.

2020 Competition - $5,000 Prize

Topic: Should judges be permitted to speak out on their decisions? Describe and support your position.

Who: This competition is open to 2L and 3L students at all Pennsylvania law schools, as well as Rutgers Law School Camden & Newark.

Format: 2,300 to 2,700 word essay

Deadline: February 7, 2020


Questions about the competition can also be directed to All submissions will be judged by members of PMC's Board of Advisors.

Past Winners

2019 - Zane Podsobinski, Duquesne Law '19

2017 - Christina Gallagher, Penn State Law '17