Judging and Prizes

How to Participate

Students must write an essay in answer to a question created by Éducaloi. Read the information in the Teacher's Guide to learn about the themes.

The contest questions relate to these four themes:

  • freedom of religion
  • work and school
  • child custody decisions
  • teenagers and the criminal legal system


Requirements for Essays

Essays must meet these requirements:

  • written in English or French
  • approximately 500 words
  • written by hand or using a computer
  • handwritten essays must be legible


Criteria for Judging Essays

Here are the judging critera (PDF). The student section of our website also lists these criteria.


Selection Committees

Preliminary Selection
A selection committee of Éducaloi employees will read all the essays and choose the best ones to move on to the final selection.

Final Selection
A jury composed of lawyers from Éducaloi and a member of Éducaloi's board of directors will choose the winning texts from among the pre-selected essays.



For 2014-2015, the first prize is an iPad. The second prize is $350 in cash.