Civics & Law Honor Roll

Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, the Bar will sponsor the American Bar Association (ABA) Civics & Law Honor Roll for Georgia high school students. The Civics & Law Honor Roll recognizes secondary school students from throughout the United States who have demonstrated a commitment to civic learning and engagement. Created by the ABA Commission on Civics Education in the Nation's Schools, its purpose is to create enthusiasm for and reward academic and community volunteer achievements in civic education and engagement. Students selected for the Honor Roll receive signed certificates of achievement.

To be eligible for recognition, students should fulfill at least one qualification within both of the two categories below:

Scholarship in Civic Education

  • Excel with a B or higher grade average in one or more high school courses in civic education, including civics, government, history or law.
  • Participate in a civics and law academy.

Engagement in Community Citizenship Activities

  • Devote a minimum of six hours to one of the qualifying activities below. In addition to participating in activities, students should engage in a relevant follow-up action step, such as addressing a public policy issue before an appropriate government body, writing a letter to the editor, using social media to comment on the activity or disseminate information, or engaging in a debriefing exercise.
    • Participate in a volunteer civic or community activity that promotes the rights, duties and obligations of good citizenship
    • Attend and participate in a city or town council or school board meeting, or serve as a volunteer at a legislative session.
    • Attend a municipal, county or state court trial or proceeding.
    • Volunteer in a candidate's election campaign for public office.

High schools should submit a list of eligible students by April 1 of each year by emailing this form to LRE@gabar.org. We ask that only one teacher per department submit a single list for all students in that department.