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    Essay Contest 2014-2015
    There are plenty of things wrong with the legal system.
    The national network of 1-800-LAW FIRM attorneys works tirelessly to right those wrongs on a case by case basis.

    1-800-LAW-FIRM believes that our legal system can be overhauled to better serve the public by incorporating technology, transparency and trust into its relationship with the public. Our entire staff encourages young lawyers to be part of this change by thinking about it, writing about it, and doing something about it.

    “Our system doesn't simply need to be repaired, it needs to be re-engineered. Law schools must empower their students to be that change. I believe that students who are asked to create change will create change. They will not accept the status quo and will not accept jobs that perpetuate the shortcomings of the past.” -Ari Kresch

Grand Prize:


This Year's Topic:
What would you do to improve the legal system?

Please note, if we select you as a finalist, your essay may be posted along with the other finalists on our website.

Application Deadline:

Entries will be accepted beginning at 12:00 am EST on July 1st, 2014 until 11:59 pm EST on April 30th, 2015. The Contest winner will be officially announced on June 30th, 2015 and will be notified by e-mail, telephone, or by regular U. S. postal mail, within approximately three (3) business days of the selection. If a potential winner cannot be contacted after reasonable effort within two (2) days after the first attempt to contact him/her, this will result in forfeiture of the prize and an alternate entrant will be selected in his/her place at random from among all eligible entries received during the registration time frame. Potential winners must comply with all terms and conditions of these Official Rules and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements listed.

Contest Requirements:

  • You must describe, in at least 1000 words, the innovative and highly impactful way in which you could aid in re-engineering the way the legal system operates and/or making it more accessible to the public.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • You must currently attend a United States college or university, or be enrolling in a United States college or university for the 2014-2015 school year.
  • Should you win, you must allow us to publish your name and essay in all media formats.
  • You must indicate your agreement to the terms and conditions by signing the Consent and Release attached to the application.
Terms and Conditions:
• Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and must be permanent residents of the United States. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.
• Contest funds are only applied to tuition and fees. The grand prize of $10,000 will be paid directly to the winner upon verification that the winner applied, as well as documentation verifying enrollment in a college or university in the United States. ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, AND ANY OTHER COSTS AND EXPENSES, ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF THE PRIZE ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. The grand prize may be tax free if the recipient meets all IRS requirements. To view IRS requirements, please visit http://www.irs.gov. Prize is awarded WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied, without limitation. If the winner chooses not to accept his/her prize, an alternate winner may be chosen. The award will be paid in one lump sum to the winner of the promotion.
• 1-800-LAW-FIRM is not responsible for errors, omissions, lost, late, interruptions, deletions, delays in operations or transmission, invalid, incomplete, technically corrupted or misdirected entries. All of these types of entries will be disqualified. All entries become the property of 1-800-LAW-FIRM and will not be returned. 1-800-LAW-FIRM is not responsible for any claims, liabilities or damages in conjunction with the prize of the contest. 1-800-LAW-FIRM is not responsible for any claims liabilities or damages in conjunction with the process of meeting the contest rules. 1-800-LAW-FIRM reserves the right to disqualify contestants for any reason we deem fit and at any time. Contest rules, dates, and guidelines are subject to updates and/or modifications at anytime and for any reason.
• Candidates who are offered the 1-800-LAW FIRM Law School Contest must sign the contest’s terms and agreement, and submit it by the designated deadline in order to receive the award.
• Candidates grant full permission to 1-800-LAW FIRM to publish his or her name and essay in all media formats.
• Employees, officers, and directors of 1-800-LAW-FIRM (Sponsor) and its related companies and agents, and members of the immediate family and household of each are not eligible. Immediate family members include parents, siblings, or any person residing in the same household as employee.
• Void outside of the U. S. and where prohibited by law.
• No purchase is necessary.
• By participating in the Essay Contest, entrant fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding.
• Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received and vary by drawing. On average, the odds of winning are approximately 1:250,000.

Application Entry Form

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Disclaimer, Agreement to Terms and Conditions and General Release
I certify that my answers are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. If this application leads to the grand prize, I understand that false or misleading information in my application may result in my disqualification for the grand prize and that incomplete applications will not be considered.

In the event that my essay is selected, I hereby give and grant permission to 1-800-LAW-FIRM to use my photograph, likeness and/or name together with any entry I submit for the 2014 1-800-LAW-FIRM Law School Essay Contest in connection with any news releases, photographs, videos, television, news or other media coverage, website postings, interviews or other publicity activity related to 1-800-LAW-FIRM. I give specific permission to allow myself to be photographed, audio/videotaped or interviewed in connection with 1-800-LAW-FIRM and the essay contest. I understand that my entry will become the property of 1-800-LAW-FIRM, which reserves the right to publish or use my submission in any way it deems appropriate, with the student-author identified. I further release 1-800-LAW-FIRM and anyone working with or for them, including any of its employees or agents, from any compensation or damages in allowing the described uses. I do further certify that I am of full legal capacity to execute the above authorization and release. I also certify that the essay submitted is my own work.

I understand that this promotion is the sole venture of 1-800-LAW-FIRM LLC (hereinafter "1-800-LAW-FIRM"). 1-800-LAW-FIRM is solely responsible for administration of this offer and is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by any of the schools that may or may not promote this Essay Contest. Signing up, registering, or enrolling in one of these schools will not increase my chances of winning.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: By participating, entrants (a): agree that the Sponsor, and their respective parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries, service providers, and agencies, and their directors, officers, agents, employees, attorneys, and any other person or entity associated with such entities and/or promotion shall not be liable for any and all claims, damages, losses or injuries, including any third party claims, arising from or relating to, in whole or in part, this Contest/Promotion, including entry and participation is this Contest and acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prizes; (b) agree that Sponsor and its employees and agents have neither made nor are in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, relative to any prize including, but not limited to, its quality, mechanical condition or fitness for a particular purpose; (c) agree to be bound by the official rules and the decisions of the Sponsor (including but not limited to eligibility determinations) which are final and binding in all respects; and (d) consent to use of his/her name, photograph and/or likeness for advertising and promotional purposes in connection with this Promotion without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law.

All entrants further agree that in the event of any third party claims, damages, losses or injuries, arising from or relating to this Contest, they will indemnify Sponsor from any and all such claims, including the attorneys' fees related thereto. Sponsor shall not be liable for entries and winner notification responses that are delayed, lost, misdirected, illegible, mutilated, incorrect or incomplete, and such entries will be not be eligible for this Contest. Sponsor is not responsible for late, lost, incomplete, inaccurate or misdirected entries, whether caused by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of the entries in the Promotion; computer system, phone line, computer equipment or computer malfunctions, software, program malfunctions or other failures, or other errors or delays; or network connections that are human, mechanical or technical in nature. Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, Sponsor and its employees and agents liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the contest, and in no event shall the released parties be liable for attorneys fees. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct or indirect damages. ANY PERSON ATTEMPTING TO DEFRAUD OR IN ANY WAY TAMPER WITH THIS CONTEST WILL BE INELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES AND MAY BE PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. Sponsor reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this Contest should viruses, bugs or other causes beyond their control corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Contest. Sponsor further reserves the right to modify the rules of the Contest in any way or at any time, as long as reasonable notice is given.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: This Promotion is governed by the laws of the United States without respect to conflict of law doctrines. As a condition of participating in this Promotion, participants agree that any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or in connection with this Promotion, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in the U. S. having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will participants be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waive all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages, including attorneys' fees, other than participant's actual out-of-pocket expenses (e. g. costs associated with entering), and participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

WINNER INFORMATION/CONTEST RESULTS: For winner information, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to 1-800-LAW-FIRM LAW SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST, 26700 Lahser Road, Suite 400, Southfield, Michigan 48033.