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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 2016.
  • 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 prize money. First place winners will be invited to an award presentation ceremony at the State Capitol, where each attending winner will receive his or her award. Second place winners will be presented their awards by their local 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 and Kindergarten (includes T-1): Coloring  

  • For each grade level, a first and second place winner are chosen
  • Note: beginning in 2014-2015, transitional first grade students will be judged within the "kindergarten" category.
  • First-place winners receive a $25 cash prize
  • Second place winners will receive a $15 cash prize

  • 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 mixed media artwork, original music, creative writing, poetry, photography, collage or anything else that relates to the contest theme. New in 2016: Video production is a separate contest (see details below).

  • 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.

 Video Contest

A video contest is available for 5th - 12th grade.  Students alone or in teams may create a video no longer than 10 minutes in length related to the Law Day theme. It may be delivered to the OBA on DVD or flash drive. Alternatively, with parental permission, students may upload their video to YouYube and submit the corresponding link by email to lawday@okbar.org.
  • A 1st place and 2nd place winner will be chosen from among all entries.
  • 1st place winners will receive a $250 cash prize. 
  • 2nd place winners will receive a $100 cash prize.
  • Any group entries will divide the prizewinnings among the members,
  • Honorable mention certificates will also be awarded.

 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 Oklahoma State Department of Education social studies standards.  
  • 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 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

Middle School

High School

Lesson Plans:

Lesson Plan 1
Lesson Plan 2
Lesson Plan 3
Lesson Plan 4
Lesson Plan 5
Lesson Plan 6

Writing Contest Prompts: (Downloadable PDF):


Grade

Standards

Writing Prompt

Grade 1

American Heroes

Choose an American hero and describe how he or she displays character traits of fairness and respect for others.

Grade 2

Our Democratic Heritage

What does justice mean to you?

Grade 3

Oklahoma Studies

Describe what our state’s government means to you.

Grade 4

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

Why do the accused have rights in our nation?

Grade 5

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

Describe the role of the Constitution in the creation of the United States government.

Grade 6

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

How did the Magna Carta influence the creation of the United States Constitution?

Grade 7

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

Choose one judicial system in an eastern hemisphere nation and compare it to the United States’ judicial system.

Grade 8

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

Explain the constitutional principles of judicial review.

High School

Oklahoma History and Government –
The Foundation, Formation, and Transformation of the State of Oklahoma

Compare and contrast the Oklahoma court system to the United States court system.

Sociology –
Formations and Patterns of Group Behavior

What is the importance of a jury and explain the selection process.

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

Define civic virtue and explain the individual’s duty and responsibility to participate in civic life by serving on juries and respecting lawful authority.

United States History – Creating the United States: The American Nation in Transformation, 1878 to the Present

Choose and discuss a case that had a direct impact on the rights of the accused.

World History – Cultural Connections, Turning Points, and Transformation of the World into the Modern Era

Analyze how developments in philosophy from the 17th Century to the present day have shaped our concepts of human rights.

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

Compare and contrast the United State’s rights of the accused to those of other countries.


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