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 2019-2020 contest

This year, the COVID-19 global pandemic prompted the Law Society to introduce a second opportunity to win essay prizes for an additional topic.

The previously announced topic is:

Does government and/or corporate monitoring of social media adversely affect the rule of law? Please provide specific examples. 

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The new essay topic is:

How is the rule of law affected by a global pandemic?  

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The Law Society invites all BC grade 12 students and any secondary school students who have taken, or are currently enrolled in law 12, political studies 12, social justice 12 or social studies 11, to submit an essay on one or both topics.

The winning entries for each topic will be awarded a $1,000 prize, and the runners up will receive a $500 prize. Please note: students may only win one prize.

Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2020. The awards will be presented at the Law Society in Vancouver. 

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

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


2018-19 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