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Writing Competition, Scholarship

Brandon Legal Group Creative Writing Scholarship Award

AMOUNT– $1,000

WHO– Applicant must be enrolled or attending an ABA accredited Florida law school or an ABA approved paralegal studies program in Florida

 WHAT– Essay of 500-800 words from specific writing topics provided below

DEADLINE– February 28, 2018

WHY– Brandon Legal Group is a full service law firm that assists residents throughout the Tampa Bay area in Family Law, Business Law, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, and Criminal Law amongst various other practice areas.  BLG believes that the Law touches many people both directly and indirectly and has created a quarterly scholarship opportunity to help bring awareness to this ever-changing entity.  It is the hope of BLG that this scholarship can help alleviate some of the cost of attending school for an aspiring future attorney or paralegal.

Legal Scholarship Instructions

  • Choose one of the topics below and submit a 500-800 word essay on said topic.
  • APPLICANT MUST PROVIDE DOCUMENTED PROOF OF ENROLLMENT. Proof of enrollment can be an enrollment verification letter, verified class schedule, and/or a seat deposit receipt.
  • Each essay submission must include a COVER PAGE that contains the author’s name, email address, phone number, school and program attending or enrolled in, submission date, and reference to the essay topic chosen.
  • Essays must be submitted as a Word document (.doc or .docx), double-spaced with size 12 Times New Roman font and uploaded via the submission tools on this page.
  • Each essay shall be both factually and legally supported. While an applicant may cite Florida or Federal Law, this is not a necessary component of the essay. The essay’s content should not be dominated by cited references, but by original thought.

Additional Considerations

Essays must be original, unpublished, and not currently submitted for publication elsewhere.  All submissions become the property of Brandon Legal Group and are free for it to use, reproduce, or redistribute as it sees fit and at its sole discretion. By submitting an essay for consideration, the applicant accepts, agrees, and consents to Brandon Legal Group publishing the essay on its public website and social media account(s) and the applicant waives any ownership to the same.

Family, friends, or involved parties related to any past or present legal matter involving Brandon Legal Group, PLLC; Brandon Legal Group, P.A.; or the Law Offices of Ingrid M. Hooglander, P.A. are not eligible for these opportunities.

 

Essay Topics

  1. Are men and women really equal when it comes to raising children?
  2. Under Florida family law, how are child-related expenses such as extracurricular and time-sharing travel costs dealt with? How do such expenses relate to or effect child support?
  3. Pop culture has a way of altering a nation’s view of the criminal justice system—see “Serial” podcasts, docuseries Making a Murderer, or Ryan Ferguson’s Unlocking the Truth. What is Florida’s greatest criminal injustice and how should it be reformed?
  4. Should individuals be allowed to discharge student loan debt in a bankruptcy?

 

The contest winner will be notified via e-mail and/or telephone call before being publicly announced on the BLG website and other media channels. The $1,000.00 will be paid by check directly to the winner within 60 days of them being announced as the winner.

Submissions will be judged by Brandon Legal Group staff members on the basis of content, accuracy, originality, grammar, and creativity. All decisions are conclusive. If you do not win, a similar scholarship opportunity may be presented later in the year.  Applicants may only win one (1) scholarship award during any given five (5) year period.

All winner selections are final and subject to the sole discretion of Brandon Legal Group. By submitting an essay, the applicant gives unlimited permission to use and publish his/her essay.  Winners agree to cooperate with press announcements, publicized presentations of awards, publication of their personal photo, and online publication of their essay.  All applicants consent to have disputes governed by Florida law.  The venue for any litigation arising from this scholarship shall be in Tampa, Florida.

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