MCRP Student Essay Contest




The Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives’  

First Annual Student Essay Contest

Winner’s note will receive a special feature in our next issue!


  • Original Unpublished Work on Race Studies
  • Maximum length of 35 pages
  • UPDATED Deadline: February 14, 2016
  • Please send all submissions to:

All entries will be judged anonymously.

MCRP Student Essay Contest Official Guidelines


The purpose of the competition is to promote high quality, innovative scholarship that addresses legal issues having to do with race. The Essay Contest aims to employ groundbreaking student scholarship to further MCRP’s mission of scholarly activism and furthering student involvement in contemporary race issues.


Entries for the competition must be submitted by Sunday, February 14, 2016 (UPDATED)


  • The essay may address any aspect of race studies that the contestant chooses. Although MCRP has a law focus, MCRP encourages entries that take advantage of extra-legal analysis as well, such as social science, history, or psychology.
  • Essays must be limited to at most 35 typewritten pages, including footnotes or endnotes. The text of the essay must be double-spaced, with twelve-point font and one-inch margins.


  • The competition is open to all current full and part-time J.D. and LLM law students at Georgetown University Law Center.
  • Previously published essays are not eligible.  If a student’s essay has been accepted for publication, the student must inform MCRP at the time of initial submission to the competition.  If the student’s essay is accepted for publication after submission to the essay competition but before a decision is reached by MCRP, the student must inform MCRP of this acceptance immediately.
  • Essays written for a class may be submitted only if the entrant has received a grade for that class. It is an honor violation to submit an essay written for a class before receiving a grade for that class.
  • By entering, participants agree that MCRP shall have the right of first publication of the winning essay.
  • Winner will be required to sign a standard publication agreement if winning entry is selected for publication.


Each entry shall be the original work of a single individual. The ideas and work reflected by each entry must be the author’s own. The author must perform all of the key tasks of identifying the topic, researching it, analyzing it, formulating positions and arguments, and writing and revising the paper. The author may inform another of the progress made in performing these tasks and accept a reasonable amount of responsive advice from academicians or practitioners in the field, but the student must avoid undue collaboration. For example, the author may obtain a professor’s opinion that a proposed topic is a good choice, or that a detailed outline should be reorganized, or that a first draft unwisely omits to cover a subtopic or to raise and respond to criticisms of the author’s premise. The author must limit the amount of such advice sought or received so that the final entry truly reflects the author’s own ideas and work and not that of another.


  1. The entry should be submitted MCRP at in PDF or .docx format.  The e-mail should have the subject header “MCRP Essay Contest Submission.”
  2. The contestant’s name and other identifying markings such as section or class are not to be on any copy of the submitted entry.
  3. Contestants will receive confirmation of the entry. The winner(s) will be notified by electronic mail of their selection.


Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • The extent to which the essay contributes to scholarship
  • Strength of reasoning and argument
  • Clarity of reasoning and argument
  • Adherence to subject matter requirements
  • Quality of writing (including clarity and adherence to writing conventions)
  • Quality of research


The winning essay will be prominently featured in MCRP’s forthcoming issue. The winning essay will be published alongside a 1-3 page commentary written by TBA discussing the winning essay’s innovative qualities.

MCRP reserves the right to select any number of additional entries as honorable mentions. Honorable mentions will be featured in MCRP’s forthcoming issue as honorable mentions alongside the winning entry.


By entering, participants agree that the decision of the judges is final.  MCRP is not responsible for any error, computer malfunction, or failed transmission.


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