Record Policy Essay Competition

The Record Policy Essay Competition is designed to increase awareness of the impact of laws governing the retention and dissemination of criminal records by courts and state agencies, as well as the laws governing the public’s use of such records. The contest is co-sponsored by the, a division of the Law Firm of Higbee & Associates. The goal of the contest is to support law student’s educational pursuits while helping increase awareness of long-term impact a criminal record.  Along with a first, second and third prize, there will be a prize for best research and best policy recommendations. is a division of the law firm of Higbee & Associates, a national law firm. Because of their attention to customer service and the quality of services they have an “A+” rating with the Better Business Bureau.


To be eligible the student must be:

  • 18 years or older and currently enrolled in any Juris Doctor (JD) law program in the United States or its territories.
  • Only one essay submission per law student is allowed.
  • As a condition of receiving the award, winner agrees to submit a completed W-9. Winner is responsible for all taxes associated with receiving the award.

How to Apply:

  1. How to improve expungement related laws in (state of your choice)
  2. When, if ever, should government stop reporting criminal records to the public?
  3. Can criminal record expungement can break cycles of recidivism

Essay Guidelines:

  • The essay should be approximately 2,000 to 3,500 words in length.
  • Upload your essay in PDF format. The PDF should include your essay and have it named as “2016-firstname-lastname-scholarship-essay.pdf”. Also include the name of the law school that you are enrolled in and your email address for that school which we can contact you from to confirm that you are a law student.
  • The content submitted must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.
  • By submitting an essay, entrants are granting the competition’s sponsors the right to reproduce the essay on any of their web sites

Award Amount:

  • First Place: $2,000.00
  • Second Place: $1,000.00
  • Third Place: $300.00
  • $200 honorable mention
  • $250 best policy recommendations
  • $250 best research

Application Deadline:

The completed application is due By June 30, 2016. The winners will be announced on or before July 31, 2016.

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Contact Information:

You can call on toll-free (877) 573-7273 for getting more information.

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