The Florida Bar
Law Student Essay Contest Rules & Information
The essay should be a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 pages, including citations appearing in Blue Book format and as endnotes. Essays will be judged based on framing and analysis of the issue(s) discussed, research completed, solutions or practices suggestions, and writing style. The essay should be typewritten and double spaced on 8.5 x 11 inch paper. A cover sheet should be included that contains the entrant's name, address, telephone number, title and law school status. No identification other than the title should appear on the essay itself. The cover sheet will be removed before the essay is read to assure objectivity in the judging process.
The contest is open to all students enrolled in a Florida law school as of the deadline date or during the prior academic year. Essays must be submitted to FLMIC (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the deadline date, which is April 1st 2013 by 5 p.m.
Essays will be judged by a committee of at least three individuals including but not limited to a representative of the YLD of The Florida Bar, FLMIC, and the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section of the Florida Bar, who are unrelated to the entrants.
The winner of the essay contest will receive 1) a $750 cash award; 2) complimentary registration to the 7th Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference; 3) hotel accommodations for the Conference provided by The Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism; 4) recognition by the various sponsoring organizations at various events; and 5) submission of the essay by the Young Lawyers Division to The Florida Bar Journal for consideration for future publication in the June 2013 issue.
The student awarded an Honorable Mention prize will receive 1) a $350 cash award; 2) recognition by the various sponsoring organizations at various events; and 3) submission of the essay by the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section to their newsletter editor for consideration for future publication in the Section's fall 2013 newsletter.