Justia Lawyer Rating
Best Lawyer
Super Lawyer - Top 100
Super Lawyer - Top 100
Best Lawyers
Avvo Rating 10.0
AV Preeminent
The National Trial Lawyers
The Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers
Advocates for Justice
Business North Carolina Legal Elite - 2021
DUI Defense
*For additional information regarding the criterion for inclusion or membership for lawyer associations, awards, & certifications click image for link.

The Powers Law Firm Scholarship Essay Contest - Carolina Criminal Laws Practice Group

 Scholarship The North Carolina criminal defense lawyers at Powers Law Firm PA are excited to announce our Scholarship Essay Content.

This scholarship is in addition to any other essay program the family law, divorce, and/or personal injury litigation practice groups the Powers Law Firm PA may offer.

Students who will be attending college in the United States, as an undergraduate or law school student in the fall of 2020 and spring 2021 semester terms, are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The essay and associated scholarship focus on students who are interested in the criminal justice system, juvenile justice, and courtroom advocacy.

It does not matter where you come from, your political beliefs, or even if the criminal defense lawyers at our firm share in your opinions. Students of all kinds who are interested in law enforcement, prosecution, probation, social work, and criminal defense are encouraged to apply.

We believe the best legal professionals, courtroom advocates, and lawyers are those who understand the complexities of society and our legal system. Legal theory and sound courtroom advocacy are predicated on creative thinking and a willingness to challenge norms.

As such, we do not limit our scholarships to only those interested in criminal defense or even legal advocacy. Our criminal justice and juvenile justice system are comprised of many different legal studies and skills.

Our goal is to provide a scholarship to a student who is interested in a career in the criminal justice system, whether that be as a police officer, social worker, corrections officer, clerk of court, trial court administrator, defense attorney, prosecutor for the state, judge, guardian ad litem, or other legal professional.

All that is required is an interest in the criminal justice system and the causes of crime. We’re dedicated to finding solutions to problems. We encourage applicants to think outside the box, to avoid simplistic answers to complex issues, and to enjoy the process.

Essay Topics for Discussion

The scholarship essay involves the Broken Windows Theory as postulated by the social scientists George Killing and James Q. Wilson.

The essay should focus on and answer the following:

  • What is the Broken Windows Theory?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Broken Windows Theory?
  • Relative to surging crime rates in many metropolitan areas of the United States, does the Broken Windows Theory social theory explain increases or declines in crime metrics?
  • Why are crime rates increasing?
  • What is community policing?
  • Can the Rule of Law be enforced without violating civil liberties?
  • Is “Stop and Frisk” an effective means to reduce crime and lower crime rates?
  • Can crime rates be decreased without mass incarceration?
  • What can society learn from the Broken Windows Theory?
  • What is Reasonable Suspicion?
  • What is Probable Cause?
Scholarship Award:

Scholarship One (1) scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded to an eligible law school student, graduate, or undergraduate student who is interested in studying and/or working in the criminal justice field.

It does not matter if the student is interested in prosecution for the state, law enforcement as a police officer, social work, probation, juvenile court, or criminal defense.

Who can Apply:

Any incoming or full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited university or college in the United States, or any law school student who has been admitted to and enrolled in an accredited law school in the United States, in the year 2020 is eligible for the Powers Law Firm Scholarship.

How to Apply:

The rubric for the Scholarship Application requires:

  1. Submission of biographical information/summary of the law student or undergraduate student
  2. Writing an original essay that is no less than 1,000 words long that discusses the Broken Windows Theory, making certain to focus on the “Topics for Discussion” as described above
  3. Email your essay and biographical information/summary to senior law firm attorney Bill Powers at: Bill@CarolinaAttorneys.com Please make sure the subject line includes the words “Powers Law Firm Scholarship”
Submission Deadline:

Your written essay and biographical submission must be received no later than December 31, 2020 to be given consideration. The winner of the $1,000 scholarship will be announced on or before January 31, 2021.


The name and identity of the winner, the school of attendance, and winning essay submission of the Powers Law Firm Scholarship Essay Content will be published and otherwise promoted publicly on the firm website, social media, and other media outlets.

The essay winner may reference the Scholarship Award of applications, resumes, and other scholastic achievement forms.

Fill Out Our Application Form

Client Reviews
I am so fortunate to have had Bill Powers on my case. Upon our first meeting, Bill insisted that through the emotions of anger, sadness, confusion, and betrayal that I remain resilient. He was available to answer questions with researched, logical, truthful answers throughout our two year stretch together. I went to any lengths for my case because he won my trust almost immediately... J.R.
My daughter had a second DUI and when it all seemed hopeless, Bill was able to get the charges dropped. This is a man who is extremely knowledgeable, yet still keeps his integrity which was impressive to me. He handles himself with dignity. If you hire him, you will have the best of the best, along with his expansive intellect and wisdom about the law. Lisa
Bill Powers’ staff has handled several traffic citations for me over the years, and they exceeded my expectations each and every time. Would highly recommend anyone faced with a traffic citation or court case contact his office and they will handle it from there. M.C.
Bill and his staff are flat out great. I (unfortunately) was a repeat customer after a string of tickets. These guys not only took care of the initial ticket for me, but went the extra mile and reduced my problems from 3 to just 1 (very minor one) on the same day I called back! I would recommend them to anyone. A.R.