Writing Sample MCAT

Writing Sample of MCAT is a section in which you will be given two topics around which you need to frame your essay. Each essay task in the Writing Sample needs to be answered in 30 minutes. You must carefully read the given topic statement and answer it according to the instructions that follow the given topic. Each essay of the Writing Sample test is scored by two evaluators who give you raw scores. The total sum of all the scores will be your full Writing Sample raw score. Then, your raw score will be converted to an alphabetic grade that ranges from J (lowest) to T (highest) for the WritingSample test. An X would represent that your test is being left unscored.

Given below is a topic statement and the related essay. Carefully read the essay and try to implement the important rules followed to frame the essay.

Writing Prompt

To obey an unjust law is to approve of it.

Describe a specific situation in which obeying an unjust law might not necessarily mean approving of it. Discuss what you think determines when disobeying a law is justified.


Law is of different forms and manners. History reveals that the formation of any country witnesses the enforcement of the essentials that are required for the effective functioning of a country such as the Constitution, the Law, and many other hierarchies pertaining to various aspects such as income tax departments, Police etc. Law is a unique establishment in a country that functions independent of the nation's ruling hierarchy in many of the countries. Law, for instance, in any country involves volumes of formulated rules that are all differentiated in order to be implemented precisely. An Unjust Law is a form of law that functions against the freedom or the constitutional right or interest of any individual or a group of people. It usually brings chaos to the society.

Law enforcement is different for different crimes and the situations surrounding and the accused involved in the crime. The law enforced for a petty robbery and a conscious murder would certainly be different. Similarly, based upon the age and mental status of the accused involved in a crime, the law enforcement might differ. Consider the famous accusation case of Mary Surrat in relation to the assassination of the American President Abraham Lincoln. Mary Surrat was charged as co-conspirator in the assassination of Mr. Lincoln alongside her son John Surrat and John Wilkes Booth. Right after the assassination of President Lincoln, Wilkes Booth was killed by a police agent and James Surrat stayed in concealment until the trial of Lincoln assassination prolonged. In the military tribunal trial that proceeded in the court following the murder, Mary Surrat was charged with the assassination of President Lincoln and was sentenced to be hanged to death.

Surrounding the above explained case, the law enforced to Mary Surrat was unjust. Mary Surrat was subjected to punishment only due to the reason that she was the mother of a co-conspirator, John Surrat. Till date, the accepted causes that are known for such an execution are the pressure upon the government to prove to the people that the assassins have been brought to justice. In fact, there are many case studies and no correct reasons and evidences established against Mary Surrat to be the sole responsible murderer till today. At this particular point, the law was unjust to the constitutional right and freedom of Mary Surrat by denying her right to prove herself innocent. The thought of unjustness in this particular case might have even existed in the executioners and the law enforcers at that point of time but they have performed this act of guilt in order to close the issue that was of national importance and which challenged the national security. Hence, here in this case, the unjust law was enforced and the accused victim was executed but the same law was not approved to be just later on. Very surprisingly, when John Surrat was later caught and brought to justice, he was never sentenced to death. Therefore, there is enough support towards calling the execution of Mary Surrat unjust and that the same law was never approved. The sentence of Mary Surrat till today is considered being against the constitution of the United States.

Considering the above case, the factor that had publicly determined the law enforcement is national security. However, there is a chance that it is only one version of the truth. As quoted by St. Augustine, 'An Unjust law is not law at all', disobeying a law is unjust which stands good in this case. Primarily, the justification of disobeying a law has two sides, one that is made clear to the public in order to evade any further threat to the national security and the one that is concealed in order to protect few people's interests. Here, might it be that President Lincoln's assassination was conspired by high ranking officials of the or the Senate who took active part in proving to the people that Mary Surrat was the sole reason behind the murder. In such a case, to cover up key faces that might have involved in the conspiracy, Mary Surrat might have been victimized. So, there can be two opinions that determine the justification of disobeying the law.

In general, law is an autonomous body that governs and commands the morality of an individual or a group. So, in public version, the factors that might have driven the disobedience of law are usually pictured to be for greater good or a nation for that matter. However, there might be hidden secrets that are concealed in order to save some influential personalities behind the stage. However, considering any case which is not of national importance, enforcement of unjust law does happen quite often. Bribes, immoral court authorities might also sometimes be the reasons that trigger the chance of disobeying the law.