ODH Law Firm Scholarship Essay Contest

A federal criminal defense firm

Scholarship Essay Contest

Our attorneys graduated from undergraduate and law schools from across the state of Texas, including University of Texas at Austin, Baylor, and the University of Houston.  Upon graduation from law school, we were all left with hefty debts from student loans.  With each generation, students are taking more money in loans to cover the ever growing cost of college.  We are now positioned to give a little back to students currently making their way through their undergraduate and professional schools.  Our hope is to give a piece of financial relief while triggering a student’s interest in criminal law.  The essay topic will always deal with a criminal law topic written to invite critical and creative thinking.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in the essay contest, and earn the scholarship reward, participants must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant must be a U.S. resident
  • The applicant must be enrolled at a U.S. college or university and have a valid student identification number (this includes two-year schools with Associate Degree programs)
  • The applicant must file their scholarship application and essay by the deadlines provided on this page
  • The applicant must read the scholarship application in full and agree to the terms therein
  • The applicant must only submit one essay
  • The applicant must submit original work that has not been used in other submissions

Application Process

The scholarship application will be made available on this page.  Both the application, and an essay in compliance with contest guidelines, must be submitted via email by the deadline.

Useful Guidance for Applicants

The winner of the scholarship will be selected by our judges following review of every entered essay.  The essay prompts will require analytical thought and creative thinking.  The following are some useful hints on how to make the essay stand out from the pack:

  • Outline your response before beginning to write the essay.  Take time to really let the question sink in before attempting to formulate a response.
  • More is not always better.  The essay prompt will provide a total word count.  A great essay can be written within the word limit.
  • Citations to sources is always a good idea.  It lets the judges know you put the effort into understanding the topic.
  • Proof read your work.  Essays with bad grammar have no chance against an essay without that issue.
  • Think outside the box.  Many essays will follow the same thought process.  An intelligent response off the normal path can create separation.

Use of Information

Our firm will not use or disseminate your essay, personal information, or application without prior consent.  The essay, application, and other communications are for the sole purpose of facilitating the essay scholarship contest.  If the firm wishes to disseminate the essay, we will obtain consent from the author and applicant.

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