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

The Law Society invited 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 a topic about social media and the rule of law. Later, the COVID-19 global pandemic prompted the Law Society to introduce a second opportunity to win essay prizes for an additional topic.

The first topic was:

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

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The second essay topic was:

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

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The winning entries for each topic were awarded a $1,000 prize, and the runners received a $500 prize. 

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

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?