The Blanch Law Firm Scholarship Award

Sponsored by The Blanch Law Firm

Deadline for Submission

Rolling deadline. Submissions due within 14 days of receipt of assignment.

Contest Mission

We are looking for an excellent writer to contribute an outstanding article to our online publication.


* Cash award totaling $5,000.

* Authorship – publication credit

* An opportunity to come work with our lawyers in New York City for a one day.

The Assignment

You will then be assigned a topic in the criminal law field that applies to a Federal or State legal issue. Each applicant will be given an outline to guide them on their research and writing.

Contest Rules

Essay Requirements

Essays should have a minimum of 2,500 words. Links to all sources must be included in a footnote.

Entrants may seek general feedback on their draft essays from professors, or colleagues. An essay submitted to the competition, however, must be entirely the entrant’s own work product and may not be written or edited by any other person.

The essay should be typewritten, double-spaced on 8 1/2″ x 11″ pages. The number of words on each page should be entered on the bottom right-hand corner of each copy. The total number of words should be entered on the last page. In computing the number of words, all articles and prepositions should be counted. Count numbers and abbreviations as words. For example, F.2d = 1 word; 746 F.2d 619 = 3 words.


The contest is open to all students. Ambitious applicants are permitted to submit multiple articles. No co-authored essays are accepted.