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The 2014 Essay Competition has closed.

Please check back in late 2014 for information on the 2015 Essay Competition.

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.

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

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/June 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
1111 E. Main Street, Suite 700
Richmond, VA 23219-3565
Phone: (804) 775-0594

Updated: May 16, 2014