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Contest Gives Law Students Shot at $10K

If you are in law school, you could probably use an extra $10,000 right about now. Well, if you have a video camera or know where to borrow one, here is your chance to win that much money or one of five $1,500 honorable mentions. All you have to do is make a brief video that describes your inspiration for going to law school.

The My Inspiration contest is a repeat of last year's One Less Worry Contest (which we wrote about here and here). Sponsored by Access Group, a nonprofit student loan company, the contest's rules are simple: Produce a video of no more than four minutes and upload it to YouTube by July 15, 2009.

From the submitted videos, Access Group will choose 10 finalists. Starting Aug. 3, the public will be invited to vote for a winner from among the 10 finalists. One lucky and/or talented law student will win a $10,000 scholarship for law school. Up to five additional honorable mention scholarships of $1,500 each will be awarded by a panel of judges. Winners will be announced by September 1, 2009.

Last year's contest invited films depicting the worries of law school. The $10,000 winner was Steven K. Luther, a student at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, for his video, "I Don't Know What I'll Do This Summer." The video took the form of a trailer for a feature film about a law student's struggle over which summer offer to accept -- the big-bucks New York firm or the environmental nonprofit in Oregon. Who could have guessed that the prospect of even having such a choice of offers would be novel just a year later?

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on June 23, 2009 at 11:36 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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