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 2020-2021 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 one of two topics.

The topics are:

  1. How does civil disobedience impact the rule of law? 
  2. What role does the rule of law have in advancing reconciliation with Indigenous people?

The Law Society will select one winning essay and one runner up from the entries it receives overall. (There will not be one winner and runner-up for each topic). The winning entry will be awarded a $1,000 prize, and the runner up will receive $500.

For further details, download the information sheet and submission guidelines. Help us spread the word and download and share the contest flyer.

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


2019-20 contest winners

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

Topic 1: Does government and/or corporate monitoring of social media adversely affect the rule of law?

Topic 2: How is the rule of law affected by a global pandemic?