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Law in Society Competition

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Updated posters, flyers and advertisements will be posted here for the 2016 competition in fall 2015.

What is the Law In Society Essay Competition?

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 2015 at the winners’ schools.

The first place winner’s essay will be published on the VSB website.

Prize Amounts

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

The entry deadline is Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Electronic submissions are preferred. Please do not duplicate your entries by e-mailing and sending hard copies.

2015 Entry Information

Please submit your essay electronically to Electronic submissions are preferred. Please do not duplicate your entries by e-mailing and sending hard copies.

1. Open the Entry Form (PDF) and complete. Click the red SUBMIT FORM button at the bottom and attach the file to your e-mail. You should also use SAVE AS to save the PDF to your computer for future reference.

2. 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 Thursday, February 12, 2015 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 or fax for delivery by the deadline date of Thursday, February 12, 2015.

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

Virginia State Bar
Law In Society
1111 East Main Street, Suite 700
Richmond, VA 23219-3565

Print out entry form.
Fax completed entry form and essay to:
(804) 775-0501
Attn: Law In Society Essay Competition

For questions, please contact:

Law In Society Essay Competition
1111 E. Main Street, Suite 700
Richmond, VA 23219-3565
Phone: (804) 775-0594

Updated: Jul 23, 2015