Law Student Writing Competition – Mar 17

Posted by Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts on February 7, 2023

Each year, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (PMC) challenges law students to examine an issue impacting Pennsylvania’s judiciary and write an essay supporting their arguments and/or proposed solutions.

Topic: Can Pennsylvania institute a requirement that every lawyer licensed in the Commonwealth devote a specified number of hours per year to indigent or pro bono clients? If so should it? Explore the complexities surrounding this proposal, including but not limited to the vast unmet legal needs within Pennsylvania and the constitutionality of requiring lawyers to perform pro bono. Research each side of this issue and craft an argument for or against mandatory pro bono hours.

Award: $5,000

Eligible Participants: 2L and 3L students at any Pennsylvania Law School, as well as Rutgers Camden & Newark

Format: 2,000 to 2,300 word argumentative essay

Judges: Members of PMC’s Board of Advisors

Deadline: March 17, 2023

Submissions and Questions:

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