Law School Essay Contest

Brogdon Champion, LLC is an Atlanta personal injury law firm that represents clients who have been seriously injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person or company. Brogdon Champion prides itself on providing superior legal representation to personal injury clients that complies with the highest professional and ethical standards. To encourage and promote awareness of ethical issues and standards in the area of personal injury law, the firm is sponsoring an essay contest for law students that focuses on ethical issues in personal injury cases.

Requirements

  • The topics for the essay contest can be any ethical issue that arises in the context of representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases. The essay should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words.
  • The essay must include a cover page that lists the entrant’s name, address, phone number, law school, and class (i.e. 1L, 2L, 3L).
  • Submitted papers must be 8-1/2” x 11,” double-spaced, and typed in 12-point Times New Roman font, with 1” margins, including cited material and footnotes.
  • Papers must include a brief (no more than 350 words) abstract at the beginning of the essay.

Entry Information

Eligibility

  • The essay contest is open to any law student enrolled at a law school in the United States.
  • Unpublished papers prepared for law school credit are eligible for entry in the competition.
  • The content submitted must be the law student author's own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.
  • Joint papers are not acceptable.
  • Multiple submissions are acceptable; however, each author will only be eligible for one award.
  • Eligibility determinations will be made by Brogdon Champion, LLC.

Awards

  • Winner will be selected and notified by March 31, 2017.
  • 1st Place - The first place winner will receive $2,500 and publication on our firm’s website.
  • 2nd Place - The second place winner will receive $1,000.

Criteria and Judging

  • Articles will be judged by the attorneys at Brogdon Champion, LLC. A winning essay will be: (1) Adequately researched and properly supported by citations; (2) effectively organized and written; (3) thorough, with a minimum of digression, but with potential counterarguments addressed; (4) accurate and clear in its analysis; (5) in compliance with standard conventions of similar court documents; and, (6) technically well-written, including organization, grammar, syntax, and form.