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Law School Scholarship Essay Contest: Frequently Asked Questions

The law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., is pleased to offer eight scholarships to deserving law school students who author winning essays in our second annual Law School Scholarship Essay Contest.

The following are answers to questions you may have about the competition:

I have applied to law school but have yet to be accepted. Am I eligible?

No. The contest is open only to students who are currently enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved institution, the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School or any law school provisionally approved. A list can be found at the ABA’s list of approved law schools.

My law school is not on the American Bar Association list. Am I eligible?


I am a foreign student. Am I eligible?

No. Students enrolled in foreign law schools are not eligible.

I am an international student. Am I eligible?

If you are an international student enrolled in an American Bar Association-approved institution, the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School or any law school provisionally approved, you are eligible.

What about legal status? I am an immigrant and/or I don’t have a Social Security number. Am I eligible?

Essay winners must provide a Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. for issuance of a 1099 Form where appropriate.

I just finished my last law school class and will be taking the Bar exam soon. Am I eligible?

You are eligible up until your graduation date.

Can I write more than one essay? For instance, one essay on nursing home abuse and neglect and one on distracted driving?

No. You are allowed to submit only one essay.

Who chooses the winners?

A combination of judges and voters will choose the winners. Here is how the selection process will work:

All application forms, essays and photos must be submitted to scholarship@salvilaw.com by Monday, June 9, 2014.

The essays will initially be judged by Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. The judging will be based on accuracy, grammar, style and originality. Judges will look for clear, original essays that are logically organized and well-supported.

The judges will select the top eight essays based on the above criteria. These essays will be divided into two groups:

  • Our top three finalists
  • Our five honorable mention winners.

Our top three finalists will be notified of their selection on Monday, June 16, 2014.

On that same date, a page will go live on SalviLaw.com which displays the essays written by the three finalists. A link to the essays will be provided to the finalists when they are notified of their placement.

The top three finalists will then have 30 days, until Wednesday July 16, 2014, to garner social media votes for their essays and to request citations (links) from relevant and appropriate sources.

Finalists should encourage friends and family to read their essays through sharing on Facebook, Google+ or via Twitter postings. A specific #hashtag will be used to track the activity.

If your essay is cited and linked to by another trustworthy website or online publication, you will receive credit in the voting tally. Each link will equal 100 votes. However, we reserve the right to exclude any websites from the final tally that we deem irrelevant or inappropriate. Contestants should consider asking your college or university to publicize your essay or ask peers to reference it in their academic work.

Shares and mentions in social media sites are encouraged to get your essay visibility. However, these mentions are not counted as citations.

Winners will be determined based on the final number of votes for their essays.

On Monday, July 21, 2014, the first, second and third place winners will be notified of their placement based on voting. On that same date, the five honorable mention winners will be notified as well.

On Monday, July 21, 2014, all eight winners will be announced to the public, and our prizes will be distributed.

Why do I need to submit a digital photo of myself?

We would like to run students’ photos and their brief bio information when we announce the winners on Monday, July 21, 2014.

Do I need to mail or email my essay?

Do not mail your essay. If you do so, it will not be accepted. Instead, please send your signed and scanned application form, a readable copy of your essay and a digital photo of yourself to scholarship@salvilaw.com with “Law School Scholarship Essay Contest” in the subject line of your e-mail.

Can I include references for my essay with hyperlinks to the respective sources?

If you have citations, you may include them without a link just as you would do for a standard print citation. You may choose to link to those sources as well. Please note that we reserve the right to remove links to any websites that we deem inappropriate or irrelevant.

If my essay is cited and linked to by other sources, will it count as a vote?

Good academic writing is often cited (referenced via a link) on other websites and in online publications that are relevant to the topic of the writing. This is why it is considered to be a major factor for your essay to be cited by another trustworthy website or online publication.

Each citation link that your essay receives will count for 100 votes.

Please note that we reserve the right to exclude any websites from the final tally that we deem irrelevant or inappropriate.

Examples of appropriate citations are:

  • Law journal and other academic articles
  • Pages on trustworthy sites dealing with resources for nursing homes, distracted driving/traffic safety and diagnostic errors
  • Articles in educational newsletters and school newspapers
  • Pages on business websites with high-quality content that is relevant to the essay
  • Articles on news and other websites with high-editorial standards (as long as the website and article are relevant to the essay).

Examples of inappropriate citations:

  • Website set up for the sole purpose of linking to your essay
  • Friend’s blog on website design
  • Business website or article that has no relevance to your essay
  • Website site with low-editorial standards
  • Website with excessive ads
  • Scholarship listing site.

If you are unsure about the appropriateness of a citation, feel free to email us at scholarship@salvilaw.com prior to establishing the citation.

Must I have any personal experience to write on a topic?

No. However, for each of the three essay topic selections, we have noted that students may choose to share their own experiences in the essay if they believe it is relevant the topic.

May I include accounts of people I know who have first-hand experience with nursing home abuse and neglect, distracted driving and misdiagnosis?

Yes. However, you must first obtain written permission from the person if you use the name of a real person or any of their personal identifying information.

What type of permission?

We cannot provide legal advice. You are solely responsible for the appropriateness or legality of your essay. However, as a courtesy, we remind you that if you are writing about other people, especially concerning their personal health challenges, and you place that information on the Internet, privacy laws may apply. Please speak to a lawyer if you are unsure what you must do.

Can the firm use my essay?

Yes. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., reserves the right to use, reproduce or distribute as it sees fit in its sole discretion any submissions that the firm receives in this contest, although the student retains the right to use the essay for his or her own purposes as well.

Also, by accepting a prize, winners grant to Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., the right to edit, publish, copy, display and otherwise use the essay in connection with this contest and to further use their names and biographical information in promotional materials without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.

Do You Have Additional Questions? Simply Contact Us

If you have any additional questions about the Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Law School Scholarship Essay Contest, please email scholarship@salvilaw.com.