Competitions are one of the most popular activities of Law Day programs. They generate excitement about Law Day and provide a good way to recognize excellence. One caution: check with educators before you launch a school-based contest. Some districts limit the number of contests throughout the year or may have another contest planned which conflicts with Law Week. Your contests will have more substance if the entries grow out of classroom instruction. Ask if you can tie your competition into a unit of work already being done in the school or on a unit developed for Law Day. You might involve members of the local bar to judge the contest entries. Be sure to consider public displays of winning entries in schools, law offices, city hall, courthouses and other public areas. Cash prizes are nice, but not necessary. Just a certificate presented at a public gathering or lunch with a local celebrity can be sufficient. Winners could be recognized at Law Day events.
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