The Law Society is committed to bringing a voice to issues affecting the justice system. 

The Rule of Law and Lawyer Independence Advisory Committee launched an annual essay contest in 2015 for BC secondary school students to reaffirm the significance of the rule of law and to enhance students' knowledge and willingness to participate actively in civic life.

Do you have an interest in the legal and justice system? Are you passionate about upholding fundamental freedoms and rights for all persons? Do you value every person’s right to equality before the law? Show us what you know and submit an essay to our contest.

The 2018-2019 contest

The Law Society invited all BC Grade 12 students and any secondary school students who have taken, or are currently enrolled in Law 12 or Civic Studies 11, to submit an essay on the following topic:

How would you explain the concept of the rule of law to a new classmate who recently arrived in Canada? Please provide examples of its application to our daily lives, which may include a discussion of any current challenges or threats to the rule of law. 

The winning entry will be awarded a $1,000 prize, and the runner up will receive a $500 prize. Deadline for submissions was April 5, 2019. The awards will be presented at an upcoming event in Vancouver.

For further details, download the flyerinformation sheet and submission guidelines.

If you have questions about the contest, contact Policy & Legal Services.

2019 Contest Winners

Rule of law essay contest winners

Law Society President Nancy Merrill, QC (pictured, centre), congratulates essay contest winners Vivian Osiek (left), a recent graduate from Windsor Secondary School in North Vancouver, and Bret J. Van Den Brink (right), a recent graduate from Unity Christian School in Chilliwack, for their exceptional essays on the rule of law

  • Read the essay by Vivian Osiek
  • Read the essay by Bret J. Van Den Brink