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?

2022 Scholarship Essay Question


Scholarship Amount: $1,000


Deadline: November 1, 2022


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

What are the 3 largest challenges to the criminal justice system today? With these top issues that law enforcement and prosecutors face nationwide, what can be done to encourage evidence-based solutions?

Eligibility Requirements


  • You must be a U.S. resident or resident alien who is registered at a U.S. college or university with a VALID STUDENT ID#.
  • Essays must be unique (not submitted elsewhere) and written by the scholarship application signator.
  • All submissions should be in English.
  • 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. Entries will be judged on argument presented as well as reader-friendliness for online audiences. The winner will be selected and notified up to 6 weeks after the submission deadline. One winner will be awarded the scholarship amount, and notable entries will also be published on the Neal Davis Law website.


Guidelines and Tips from the Judges


The judges, who read thousands of essays, have provided some key tips that will help you write a high quality essay.

  1. Answer the question. Submissions that don’t answer the question will be disqualified.
  2. Plan your essay and think through your point of view. The judges know if you just wing it.
  3. Reference resources in your essay and include citations.
  4. Use language that is simple to understand. Think 7th grade reading level.
  5. Use paragraphs and white space to separate your ideas.
  6. Come close to the word count requirement. Essays with a count of 50 words below or above the requirement will be disqualified.
  7. Use a tool like Grammarly to check your work. Free versions are often available.
  8. Read your essay out loud. If it sounds good to you, it will sound good to the judges.
  9. Submit your essay as a Word document. Other formats will be disqualified.

Ownership of Entries


All scholarship entries submitted to Neal Davis Law, along with all copyright, trademark and other proprietary rights associated with the submission, become the property of NealDavisLaw.com. By submitting an entry and the signed application form, you acknowledge that Neal Davis Law will own all rights to publish and promote the content. All entrants also agree that they consent to the use of their name, the school or university they attend, and the use of their likeness (as in a photograph) and prize information.


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


Houston criminal defense lawyer, Neal Davis

“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, focusing 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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Board Certified, Criminal Law – Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2009-2021), AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell (2015), and listed as a Best Lawyer in America (2015-2020)
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