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Law Day 2015 YouTube Video Contest

The 800th Anniversary of the Sealing of Magna Carta

Sponsored by the NJSBA Young Lawyers Division


  • Create a video clip that is three minutes long, or less, based on the 2015 Law Day theme, "The 800th Anniversary of the Sealing of Magna Carta."
  • The contest is open to New Jersey high school students (grades 9-12) and middle school students (6-8).
  • Best high school video wins $500
  • Best middle school video wins $250
  • Winners will be announced April 15, 2015


Students should read as much as they can about Magna Carta, the historical antecedents to the document itself and the historical, political and social conditions of the 13th Century, immersing themselves in the original documents that influenced Magna Carta and those documents that benefitted from its influence. Below is a partial list of some documents that will get them started on their journey. Beyond the historical record, they must also acquaint themselves with contemporary issues that have a direct connection to principles embedded in or suggested by Magna Carta. We have suggested a few of these contemporary issues below.

Finally, give careful consideration to the manner of presentation and, once research is completed, write a script as a guide to create the video.

1. Sample documents:

a. Politics, Aristotle
b. The Laws, Cicero
c. Coronation Charter, 1100
d. The English Bill of Rights, 1689
e. Common Sense, Thomas Paine
f. Virginia Declaration of Rights, 1776
g. United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948
h. Charter of the Commonwealth, 2013

2. Sample contemporary issues:

a. Legality of imprisoning suspected terrorists
b. The Arab Spring and its aftermath
c. Russian annexation of Crimea
d. Contemporary state of the rule of law
e. Taxation

  • Make a three-minute video
  • You have the option to submit your entry online, or by regular mail.



  • See contest rules for instructions and forms to mail in your entry forms and video.


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