Family Law Scholarship

Dear Reader, the firm's last scholarship offer was in 2016. The firm has not offered this scholarship since 2016. The information you read below is from our 2016 post. Please do not apply for the scholarship.


At Farzad & Ochoa we strongly believe in education and giving back to the legal community. As lawyers we placed great value in our own education when we made sacrifices on our paths to and beyond law school. We want to help others who intend to do the same.

As strong advocates for higher learning, we are proud to give back to aspiring lawyers through the Scholarship. This annual scholarship was awarded to one student based on merit.

At this time, the firm is no longer offering the scholarship. We do intend to offer it again in the future. Here is information on past scholarships.

2016 Eligibility Requirements

Scholarship Award to the Winner: $1,500

Application Deadline: Must be received by December 15, 2016

This scholarship is available to all college students or law students who are currently admitted to and attending an undergraduate degree program at an accredited American university or college or are admitted to and attending a state accredited law school.

Past winners are disqualified from reapplying for the scholarship. Employees of the firm or any family members of such employees are disqualified from applying for the scholarship.

How to Apply

Please write on the topic outlined below and provide us with proof of your current attendance at the college or university (for example, if you wish, by including your transcripts). Your written submission should be between 1,500 to 2,500 words, although the length is not strictly enforced.

Submissions must be sent to us by either email or mail:


Farzad & Ochoa Family Law Attorneys, LLP
1851 East 1st Street, #460
Santa Ana, CA 92705

You are required to include the following information in your application:

  • Your full name, address, and contact details including your phone number and email address.
  • A statement of your current academic status, as well as evidence that you are currently attending college or law school as set forth above. You may submit as evidence your most current undergraduate or law school transcript. By applying for this scholarship, you give us express consent to confirm your admission and attendance by contacting the college or university.
  • Your written submission as a Word document, Pages (Mac) or PDF attachment. Essays in WordPerfect or any other form will not be accepted.

2016 Essay Question

The 2016 essay topic is as follows:

1. Assume the State you live in has a law that states the following:

"Family Code §1234.

(a) Custody may be granted to both parents jointly or to either parent solely. In making an order granting custody to either parent, the court shall consider, among other factors, which parent is more likely to allow the child frequent and continuing contact with the noncustodial parent and shall not prefer a parent as custodian because of that parent's sex. The court, in its discretion, may require the parents to submit to the court a plan for the implementation of the custody order.

(b) This section establishes neither a preference nor a presumption for or against joint legal custody, joint physical custody, or sole custody, but allows the court and the family the widest discretion to choose a parenting plan that is in the best interest of the child."

Further assume you have been asked to write a proposed change to Family Code §1234 that states in a child custody case (regardless of whether the parents are married), there is a rebuttable presumption that joint legal custody, joint physical custody and equal parenting time are in a child's best interest. (the new law you write should be between 100-400 words)

a. Write the actual law (the way you believe it should read in the Family Code), the legal standard it would take to rebut the presumption (preponderance of the evidence or clear and convincing standard) and the factors that may be considered by the court when ruling on whether the presumption has been rebutted.

2. Write an explanation as to why you believe the law that you have drafted is better than the existing Family Code §1234 on the issues of child custody and visitation. This explanation will be used to advocate why your proposed, new Family Code §1234 should be adopted. (500-1000 words)

3. Write the opposition to the law you drafted (as if you didn't draft the law) and explain why the current, existing Family Code §1234 should not be changed and why the change in the law, as proposed, is not in the children's best interest. (500-1000 words)

Privacy Policy and User Communications

Privacy Policy: By submitting an application, the applicant automatically grants the firm, its agents and/or representatives permission to post the applicant's name, law school or university, photo (if submitted) and winning essay on or in other marketing communications in the event he or she is awarded the scholarship. We are also granted permission to call and/or send you information regarding your application.

User Communications - When you send email communications to the law firm, its agents and/or representatives may retain those communications in order to process or respond to your inquiries or application as related to the scholarship. The firm, its agents and representatives will not knowingly sell, share, rent or otherwise transfer your information other than in accordance with the terms set forth in this Privacy Policy. By participating in this scholarship, you give us your express consent to confirm your admission and attendance at the college or university by contacting the institution for verification.

Prior Scholarship Winners:

2013 Winner

Mr. Jacob True, law student at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

2014 Winner

Ms. Briana Alongi, B.S. in Criminal Justice and attending Pace Law School in New York.

2015 Winner

Ms. Jessica Satinoff, law student at Florida International University College of Law.

2016 Winner

Ms. Tiffany Billings, law student at Savannah Law School in Georgia.