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We the Students Essay Contest

04/15 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 pm


2021 Bill of Rights Institute We the Students Essay Contest

Essay PromptWhat is the relationship between Equality and Justice?

Answering this question requires considering each of these principles and analyzing the relationship between them.

To truly explore this question in an essay that is between 500 -800 words, you’ll need to go beyond “dictionary definitions,” and express your understanding and reasoning about the connection between these two principles. This reasoning involves a combination of observation, experience, and some pretty “big ideas.” What does it take to understand them? To build toward and maintain them? To see them with regard to each other? Why is this relationship important?

We encourage you to bring emotion, creativity, specific examples, and well-researched facts into what you write. A good essay will demonstrate how equality and justice are not just abstract ideas but are part of the actions and choices of people every day.


  • 1st Place: $7,500
  • Runners Up: 5 prizes at $1,500 each
  • Honorable Mentions: 8 prizes at $500 each

We genuinely want to know how you would answer the question – what is the relationship between Equality and Justice?

Deadline for entry is April 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. PT. For more information visit:

8:00 am - 11:30 pm