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Law in Society Competition Rules

The entry deadline is Thursday, February 13, 2014

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

Who may enter?

Entrants must be enrolled in grades 9–12 in a Virginia high school. Private school and home-schooled students at equivalent grade and age levels also are encouraged to enter.

Although teachers and other individuals can assist students in thinking about the essay, each essay must be written solely by the student named on the entry application.

What should my essay be about?

Your essay must be in response to the given hypothetical.

Please structure your response by answering the following questions.

1. Is the school within its rights to discipline Sammy for this activity? State in detail your reasons as to yes or no.

2. Does Sammy have the right to file a lawsuit against Larry for filming the incident without his permission and/or for starting the process which is getting Sammy in trouble at school?  Detail the reasons you think there is a basis, or that there is no basis, for any such lawsuit.

Essays will be judged on presentation — including grammar and spelling — and how well students apply their own understanding and reasoning to the topic. Students need not have a deep knowledge of legal concepts and theory, and no extra research beyond what is suggested above is necessary.

How long does my essay need to be?

The essay must be between 750 and 1,000 words. Essays with less than 750 words or more than 1,000 words will not be judged. Word count must be included on the entry form.

Entries must be typed and double-spaced. All essays must have a title.

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

What is the deadline?

The essay and entry form must be received at the offices of the Virginia State Bar by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2014.

How will I know if I’m a winner?

You will be contacted by the VSB if you are an award winner. A list of winners will be available in May 2014 on the Law in Society winners webpage, or by written request.


Updated: Nov 12, 2013