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Neal Davis Law Scholarship Essay Contest

Studying at the University of Texas not only prepared Neal Davis academically, but gave him the opportunity to meet his mentor, Dick DeGuerin. His collegiate experience shaped the lawyer Neal would become. What better way to pay that forward than by creating a scholarship opportunity for others?

Winter 2018 Scholarship Essay Question


Scholarship amount: $1,000


Deadline: January 12, 2018


To enter our scholarship essay competition, answer the following question in 500-750 words:

"Do mandatory minimum sentences make the U.S. safer or more dangerous?"

Eligibility requirements


  • You must be a U.S. resident or resident alien who is registered at a U.S. college or university.

  • Essays must be unique (not submitted elsewhere) and written by the scholarship application signator.

  • Applicants must read, understand, sign and return to us the (PDF) Neal Davis Law Scholarship Essay Contest Application & Rules along with your submission.

  • Only one submission per student will be considered.

How to apply for our scholarship


by the deadline noted above.


Scholarship selection process


Judges will examine all entries received by the deadline above. The winner will be selected within two weeks of the submission deadline. One winner will be awarded the scholarship amount, and notable entries may be published on the Neal Davis Law website.


Good luck, and we look forward to your submissions! For questions, .

Curious about what it takes to win? Check out previous winners.


Our inaugural scholarship essay contest ran in the fall of 2017 and asked students to tackle the issue of privacy and police body cameras. We were thrilled to award the $1,000 to Mike Riley of the University of Alabama. Read his essay here.


“On top of practicing law, one of my passions in life is helping students of all backgrounds and ages succeed. I privately fund this scholarship program to help students like you pursue education. Whether you’re in law school or another higher learning institution, I hope this scholarship takes away some of the financial burdens and stress you face, allowing you to focus on your academic success.

I wish you luck. Stay in school and stay focused.”

Get to Know Attorney Neal Davis
Neal Davis is a top-rated Texas attorney, specializing in both criminal defense and personal injury litigation. Neal is a native Houstonian. He majored in Spanish as an undergraduate at the University of Southern California, and spent part of his childhood in Mexico. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas, and became licensed to practice law in Texas in 1999. Studying at the University of Texas not only prepared Neal Davis academically, but gave him the opportunity to meet his mentor, Dick DeGuerin.
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