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Updated information for Law Day 2015 will be posted here soon!

The 2014 Law Day contests have ended, and the winners have been announced!

All Contests:

  • One Grand Prize will be awarded to the best overall individual entry chosen from all grade levels.  If the grand prize is awarded to a group entry, the grand prize will be $500 cash split equally among the group members.
  • Judging for both the art and writing contest is based on originality and interpretation of the theme.
  • Deadline: . Must be received by the deadline, so mail a few days earlier.
  • Please include the entry form on the back of the entry.
  • Entries will not be returned.
  • Entries are limited to one per student in each contest.
  • Teachers (including home school teachers) will receive a color participant certificate, ready for personalization, for each student who enters.
  • Students submitting entries directly to the OBA will also receive a certificate.
  • All teachers submitting entries will be entered into a drawing for gift certificates.
  • Target date to announce contest winners: February 2014.
  • Winning entries will be published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal and posted to the OBA website.
  • First and second place winners in each category will receive a framed award certificate in addition to the prize money, which will be presented by the county bar association. Honorable mention winners will receive an award certificate in a presentation folder with a ribbon. Presentation arrangements for honorable mention recipients will vary by county.
  • Judges reserve the right to not award a prize for every grade level.

Art Contest

Grades: Pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten and Transitional First: Coloring  

  • For each grade level, a first and second place winner are chosen
  • First and second place winners receive certificates and ribbons
  • Honorable mention certificates will also be awarded
  • Three coloring sheets to choose from; each student may pick one of the coloring sheets to enter.

Grades: 1-12: 

This is a free form art contest for students grades 1-12.  Entries will be an original piece of artwork from any medium.  Examples of entries might be used to document student community service project (digital or DVD format preferred), a video production, mixed media artwork, original music, creative writing, poetry, photography, collage or anything else that relates to the contest theme.

  • 1st place and 2nd place prizes will be awarded for each grade level.
  • 1st place winners in 1st-8th will receive a $50 cash prize.
  • 2nd place winners in 1st - 8th will receive a $25 cash prize.
  • 1st place winners in 9th-12th will receive $100 cash prize.
  • 2nd place winners in 9th-12th will receive $50 cash prize.
  • Honorable mention certificates will also be awarded
  • Group submissions are accepted and will be judged at the grade level of the group member in the highest grade.

 Writing Contest

A writing contest is available for 1st - 12th grade.  Students will respond to a prompt based on his or her grade level provided by the Oklahoma Bar Association Law Day Committee.  Each prompt has been tailored to align with the C3 state standards.  
  • 1st place and 2nd place prizes will be awarded for each grade level.
  • 1st place winners in 1st - 9th will receive a $50 cash prize.
  • 2nd place winners will receive a $25 cash prize.
  • 1st place winners in 9th-12th will receive $100 cash prize.
  • 2nd place winners in 9th-12th will receive $50 cash prize.
  • Honorable mention certificates will also be awarded
  • Writing prompts available below

Writing Rubrics:

Elementary (Word) (PDF

Middle School (Word) (PDF)

High School (Word) (PDF)

Lesson Plans:

What is democracy? (PDF)

What is the rule of law? (PDF)

Why are the three branches of government separate? (PDF)

How do we choose judges in Oklahoma? (PDF)

Prompts: (Downloadable PDF):

Grade

Focus (C3 Theme)

Writing Prompts

C3 Standards

Grade 1

American Heroes

Why do you think it is important to follow rules?

PALS Standard  2.A.1

Content Standard –Citizenship Literacy 1  (CCRIT2)

Grade 2

Our Democratic Heritage

Why do you think it is important to follow laws?

PALS Standard: 2.A.1

Grade 3

Oklahoma Studies

What is the judicial branch of government and why do you think it’s important?

PALS Standard: 2.A.1

Grade 4

United States Studies: Regional Geography and History – The Why of Where: Places, Patterns of Settlement, and Global Interactions

Why do you think laws meet the needs of American citizens?

PALS Standard:

2.A.1

Content Standard: 1.2.E

Grade 5

United States Studies: Creating the United States: The Foundation, Formation and Transformation of a the American Nation, 1607-1806

Why do you think the judicial branch of government is important?

PALS Standard: 2.A.1

Content Standard: 4.3

Grade 6

World Geography: The Western Hemisphere – The Why of Where: Places, Patterns of Settlement, and Global Interactions

In your opinion, why is it important to know how laws are made and enforced?

PALS Standard: 2.A.1 a-e

Content Standard:

4.3

Grade 7

World Geography: The Eastern Hemisphere: The Why of Where: Places, Patterns of Settlement, and Global Interactions

How is the rule of law in the United States different from other judicial systems around the world?

PALS Standard: 2.A.1 a-e

Content Standard: 4.5

 

Grade 8

Creating the United States: The Foundation, Formation, and Transformation of the American Nation, 1754-1877

In your opinion, how did the formation of the judicial branch serve to protect the rights of Americans?

PALS  Standard 2.1.A a-e

Content Standard: 3.4

Grades 9-12

Economics – Incentives and Disincentives:

Land, Labor, Capital, and Entrepreneurship

Explain the role of the judicial government in protecting the market economy.

Chapter 11:

PALS  Standard: 2.A.2 a-f

Content Standard: 5.1

Grades 9-12

Sociology – Formations and

Patterns of Group Behavior

What role does law and the judicial branch play in society?

Chapter 14:

PALS  Standard: 2.A.2 a-f

Content Standard 8.1

Grades 9-12

United States Government – Freedom for All: Securing Rights and Defining Responsibilities

How does the rule of law provide protection of individual liberties?

Chapter 15:

PALS  Standard: 2.A.1 a-e

Content Standard: 3.6

Grades 9-12

United States History – Creating the United

States: The American Nation in Transformation, 1878 to the Present

What role did the rule of law play in the Civil Rights era and how do those lessons apply to today’s social issues?

Chapter 16:

PALS  Standard: 2.2.A

Content Standard: 5.4.C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


       

Mail entries to:

Law Day Committee
Oklahoma Bar Association
P.O. Box 53036
Oklahoma City, OK 73152

Deliver to:

Oklahoma Bar Association
1901 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Questions?

Email the Law Day committee