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YLD Know Your Constitution

The Know Your Constitution committee of the Young Lawyers Division of the Iowa State Bar Association offers one of the best and most-publicized, law-related educational programs in the State of Iowa. The Committee organizes and implements the annual Know Your Constitution contest. Each fall, a quiz with fifty multiple choice questions and one essay question is distributed to high school students all over the state. The students are then given several weeks to complete this open-book test. After all quizzes are returned to the Bar Association office, the Committee then grades the quizzes to select 100 finalists, one from each House district. In a typical year, approximately 2000 high school students participate in the contest. The 100 finalists then are invited along with their teachers to an awards luncheon in the Des Moines area. Of the 100 finalists, five are chosen at random and awarded an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for them and their teachers.

Robert C. Gainer, Co-Chair
Cutler Law Firm
1307 50th St.
West Des Moines, IA 50266
(515) 223-6600
Samuel P. Langholz, Co-Chair
Office of the State Public Defender
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 242-6158


2013 Know Your Constitution

Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Know Your Constitution Winners!

See the 2013 Know Your Constitution winners here.

See the finalists here.


About Know Your Constitution
Program Rules
2012 Quiz
2012 Essay Question
2012 Answer Sheet
Letters to Principals
Letters to Teachers
2012 Legislative Districts
Find Your Legislator
The U.S. Constitution

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