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Law in Society Award


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What is the Law In Society Award?

The Law in Society competition is sponsored by the Virginia State Bar and its Litigation Section and Communications Committee, in cooperation with the Virginia State Department of Education, to increase awareness and appreciation of our legal system among high school students. The criterion for the competition is an essay in response to a hypothetical on a predetermined topic. Awards go to students whose essays best demonstrate a superior understanding of the role and value of our legal system in our everyday lives. 

To enter, complete the Entry Form and follow the submission instructions.

A panel of volunteers from the Virginia State Bar will judge all entries. 

All winners will receive a current hardback copy of Strunk & White's Elements of StyleAwards will be presented in May/June 2017 at the winners’ schools.

The first place winner’s essay will be published on the VSB website. View the 2016 Grand Prize Winners and Finalists.

Prize Amounts

1st Place $2,300 
2nd Place $1,850 
3rd Place $1,350 
Honorable Mentions (5) $250 

The entry deadline is Friday, February 10, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Electronic submissions either by Google sharing or email are preferred. Please do not duplicate your entries by e-mailing and sending hard copies.

Entry Information

Please submit your essay electronically via this Google form or as an attachment to

1. If not using Google, please attach the entry form and essay to your e-mail. Essays in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF documents are preferred.

3. Very important: Your name and school name should appear only on your entry form and e-mail. Do not include names on page headers or footers. The title should be the heading for the document.

Don’t forget! The essay and entry form must be received at the offices of the Virginia State Bar by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017, to be eligible for judging.

4. Electronic submissions are preferred. Please do not duplicate your entries by e-mailing and sending hard copies. If you are unable to e-mail your entry, please submit via mail for delivery by the deadline date of Friday, February 10, 2017.

Print out entry form.
Mail completed entry form and essay to:

Virginia State Bar
Law In Society Award
1111 East Main Street, Suite 700
Richmond, VA 23219-0026

For questions, please contact:

Dee Norman
Law In Society Essay Award
1111 E. Main Street, Suite 700
Richmond, VA 23219-0026
Phone: (804) 775-0594

Updated: Oct 07, 2016