What would you do for a $10,000 scholarship to (help) fund your legal education?
Would you channel your inner film noir detective? Would you rap about what inspired you to go to law school? Would you unveil your deep dark secret Billie Mays fetish?
Law students who submitted videos for and made the top 10 of Access Group's "My Inspiration" contest did.
In the contest, law students were asked to submit videos describing what inspired them to attend law school, and 10 finalists were selected from 113 eligible videos. Voters now have the opportunity to vote for their favorites through Aug. 21.
The creator of the video with the most votes gets $10,000 for school, and up to five other videos, voted on by Access Group judges, get $1,500
Sounds like an easy 10 grand, right? Just slap together a video with a family member’s camcorder of you reading your law school admission essay, and you’re golden.
Not so fast there, Mr. Demille.
Turns out, law students – surprise, surprise – went above and beyond the YouTube quality vlog and put together some pretty elaborate, professional-looking videos
Here's the list of the finalists - and their respective schools, courtesy of Access Group - from my least favorite to the one that gets my vote:
10. “My Inspiration: Funny Video" by Joseph Duerst of Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
9. "Ted Cardos, PI" by Ted Cardos of New York University School of Law
8. “’Stop’ Me Now” by My-Linh Le of the U.C. Davis School of Law
7. “ “The Justice We All Pursue” by Drew Grindrod of William and Mary School of Law
6. “Law v. Tech: The Inspiring Faceoff” by William Jacobson of Charlotte School of Law
5. “The Greater Good – Funny Law Video Access Group Law School Scholarship Contest 2009-2010” by Darin Southam of Whittier Law School
4. “Trial By Nature” by Anna Grace of Northeastern School of Law
3. “It’s the Law” by John Grimm of Georgetown University Law Center
2. “Discovering Inspiration” by Branigan Robertson of Chapman University School of Law
1. “What Inspires Me, Ana Rodriguez DeFrates, to Become a Lawyer” by Ana Rodriguez DeFrates of South Texas College of Law, but will be attending University of Texas School of Law as a visiting student in fall 2009 and spring 2010
To watch all the videos, visit Access Group’s YouTube page. The winner of the contest will be announced by Sept. 1.