Essay Contest for Secondary School Students

Know a BC high school student who likes to write and is interested in law? Tell them about this essay contest.

The Law Society of BC is inviting BC secondary school students to participate in an essay contest about the Rule of Law.

The Rule of Law Essay Contest

Submission deadline is April 5, 2019

All grade 12 students in BC and any BC secondary student who is currently enrolled in, or has taken, either law 12 or civic studies 11.

How would you explain the concept of the rule of law to a new classmate who recently arrived in Canada? Please provide examples of its application to our daily lives, which may include a discussion of any current challenges or threats to the rule of law.

The winner and runner-up will receive cash prizes of $1,000 and $500, respectively, at an awards presentation at the Law Society in Vancouver.

For contest details, including submission guidelines and a downloadable flyer, go to the contest page at the Law Society of BC website.

January 2019 Events (BC-wide, Online)

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  • January 4 – 30 (various dates): UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law presents three events at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
    • Friday, January 4 (12:30 – 1:30 pm) Noon Hour Lecture with  Chief Justice McLachlin – DLA Piper Hall, Room 104
    • Tuesday, January 15  (6:00 – 7:00 pm) What we talk about when we talk about rights: infinite loops and uncertain futures for feminist legal strategies, a lecture by Professor Sonia Lawrence, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University – DLA Piper Hall, Room 104
    • Wednesday, January 30 (12:30 – 2:00 pm) First Nations Court: a part of 2019 Indigenous Awareness Week, co-presented by Indigenous Legal Studies & the Indigenous Law Students Association – Franklin Lew Forum
  • January 7 – 29 (various dates): People’s Law School presents free classes for the public in Burnaby and Surrey.
    • Monday, January 7 (7:00 – 8:30 pm) Family Law – Burnaby Public Library – Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch
    • Monday, January 21 (6:30 – 8:00 pm) Wills and Estates – Surrey Library – Ocean Park
    • Wednesday, January 23 (6:30 – 8:00 pm) Employment Law – Surrey Library – City Centre
    • Wednesday, January 23 (6:30 – 8:00 pm) Wills and Estates – Surrey Library – Newton
    • Thursday, January 24 (6:30 – 8:00 pm) Strata Law – Surrey Library – Semiahmoo
    • Tuesday, January 29 (6:30 – 8:00 pm) Strata Law – Surrey Library – Guildford

In honour of Data Privacy Day, please join privacy experts and advocates Mike Larsen and Micheal Vonn for a lively discussion about surveillance, ‘smart’ technology, and what it will take to make meaningful advances in the promotion and protection of privacy. Presentations will be followed by Q & A. Get more information here.

  • January 28 – 31 (various dates): BC Ombudsperson sends a mobile investigation team to Burnaby, North Vancouver, and Vancouver.
    • Monday, January 28: Burnaby
    • Tuesday, January 29: North Vancouver
    • Wednesday & Thursday, January 30 & 31: Vancouver

Do you think you have been treated unfairly by the provincial government, your local government, or another public organization in BC? If yes, we may be able to help. We are currently scheduling in-person appointments to hear your complaints. All appointments are free and confidential. Get more information here.

The conference brings together hundreds of high school students for an all-day conference featuring workshops that tackle issues ranging from anti-oppression, migrant justice, to know your rights and marginalization in the law. Email Iman Baobeid to register today at or call (604) 630-9750. Get more information here.

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