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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 for the Fall 2017 semester

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

DEADLINE– August 31, 2017

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.
  • 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 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.
  • APPLICANT MUST PROVIDE DOCUMENTED PROOF OR ENROLLMENT. Proof of enrollment can be an enrollment verification letter, verified class schedule, and/or a seat deposit receipt.
  • 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Essays must be original, unpublished, and not currently submitted for publication elsewhere.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. How can social media impact a family law case?
  2. Why is marriage important to our society? What are the benefits?
  3. Everyone who watches movies and television has heard of Miranda rights. What are Miranda rights, and how have their use, application, and meaning changed from the seminal 1966 US Supreme Court case to today?
  4. There are currently six states that permit legal Physician-Assisted Suicide. While it is a second degree felony to assist another in the commission of self-murder in Florida, Florida does honor Living Wills that allow an individual to withhold life-sustaining procedures under specific circumstances, as well as Do Not Resuscitate Orders that allow an individual to elect to not be resuscitated in the event of respiratory or cardiac arrest. Should Florida allow the use of physician-assisted suicide? Why or why not?

The contest winner will be notified via e-mail and/or telephone call at least one day before being publicly announced on the BLG website and other media channels. The $1000.00 scholarship will be paid by check directly to the winner within 60 days of receiving their completed W-9 form.

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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