According to GovTrack, every year since World War II, over four million words of new law were enacted in each two-year Congress. With every year that passes, U.S. law expands with no sense of slowing down. With all of these new laws getting attention, some of the older ones that need updating or refinement get left behind. These old laws can cause headaches for both legal experts and average citizens alike. Laws that do not change with the times affect us all.
There are many laws that deserve reexamination. Many are archaic, outdated, and need a fresh set of eyes to look them over. What law do you feel is the most important? If you could do anything to change a law, how would you change it? As a part of the younger generation, you are the future of this country’s legal destiny. The power is in your hands to challenge laws and decide on how you can make them better. What sort of laws do you envision changing, so they fit the issues of the 21st century better?Pacific West Injury Law is offering a $2,500 scholarship to new and current college students who write an essay that answers the following question:
If given the opportunity to change any law, which one would you pick and why?
You can choose any law from the international, state, federal, or local level. Your essay should be a minimum of 500 and a maximum of 1000 words. We are looking for essays that:
- Are well researched and thought-out
- Are succinct and answer the question
- Are free of spelling and grammatical blemishes
This essay should embolden you to think outside of the box and allow your creativity to flourish. Our selection committee is looking for essays that don’t just simply describe the law you wish changed, but how you would change it and how it would impact our world. We are excited to read all the submissions and look forward to selecting a recipient for this scholarship.
To apply for our scholarship you must be:
- A current or incoming undergraduate or graduate student
- Of good academic standing and able to provide proof
- A U.S. Citizen or authorized to attend school in the United States
Submit your essay with our application form. Please ensure that all areas of your application get filled out correctly. You cannot make changes or resubmit your application once you turn it in. The deadline to apply is June 15, 2023. Late submissions will not be considered.
Terms and Conditions
To learn more about the terms and conditions when submitting your application for our Changing the Law Scholarship, see our Terms and Conditions page.
We regret that, for legal reasons, we are unable to accept calls, emails, or other communication regarding the scholarship, or answer any questions, other than those submitted here. All the necessary details about this scholarship can be found above. We will make sure to contact you in case we need any further information.
Any applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.
Announcements about the previous winners of our scholarship can be found by clicking one of the links below:
1. 2021 Winner: Emily Eason
2. 2022 Winner: Jacqueline Avila