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 2021-2022 contest

The Law Society invites 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 the following topic:

The right to freedom of expression is used to justify demonstrations for or against various causes in our society. How does freedom of expression intersect with the rule of law? In what circumstances can courts prohibit or limit a protest or demonstration? Discuss whether your answer is affected by the popularity or unpopularity of the cause.

The Law Society will select one winning essay and one runner up from the entries it receives overall. The winning entry will be awarded a $1,000 prize, and the runner up will receive $500.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, April 22, 2022. Late entries will not be accepted.

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

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

 

2020-2021 contest winners

The Law Society congratulates the essay contest winner and runner-up for their exceptional essays on the rule of law.