High School Essay Contest

Submissions are open for High School Essay Contest 2021!

The Columbia Undergraduate Law Review is excited to announce its 2021 High School Essay Contest. Respondents must answer the following prompt in approximately, but no more than, 1500 words (citations excluded):

Explain the implications COVID-19 has had on an individual’s “right to privacy.” You may wish, but certainly are not required, to talk about contact tracing, vaccine passports, mandatory quarantine which may track an individual’s location, etc. to support your response. Your essay can explore the implications of privacy infringement within the context of any country and its relevant legal systems. This question can also be explored within the context of international law including, but not limited to, treaty law, customary law and International Court of Justice litigation. Please cite sources in Chicago Citation format.

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The goal of the Columbia Undergraduate Law Review is to provide Columbia University and the public with an opportunity for the discussion of law-related ideas and the publication of undergraduate legal scholarship. For many undergraduates and non-law students, important legal issues are often rendered unapproachable, vague, or overly complex. It is their mission to enrich the academic and extracurricular life of an undergraduate community by providing a forum where debate and discourse regarding the law—augmented by scholarly research—can flourish.




  • The first-prize article will be published on Columbia Undergraduate Law Review’s website.
  • The next two runners-up will receive a certificate of recognition from the Columbia Undergraduate Law Review.


  • Essay submissions will be accepted from all currently enrolled high school students.
  • The contest is open internationally.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

Submit your essay using the Apply Now link.

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Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

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