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Law in Society Competition

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2014 Schedule:

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

Complete entry directions and PDF form. Entrants must have Adobe Acrobat X version 10.1.8, Acrobat XI version 11.0.04 or Adobe Reader XI version 11.0.04 installed on the computer in order for the SUBMIT button to work properly. Entry forms and essays may also be mailed or faxed.

Please read the entry directions carefully. Incomplete entry forms could result in a delay entering your essays by the deadline.

What is the Law In Society 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.

A panel of volunteers from the Virginia State Bar and teachers and administrators throughout the commonwealth will judge all entries.

Entry Deadline: Thursday, February 13, 2014

Prize Amounts

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

All winners will receive a current hardback copy of Strunk & White's Elements of Style.

Awards will be presented in May 2014 at the winners’ schools.

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

For questions, please contact:

Virginia State Bar Law in Society
Attn: Linda McElroy
707 E. Main Street, Suite 1500
Richmond, VA 23219-2800
Phone: (804) 775-0594

Updated: Nov 05, 2013