Last year we reported that tuition would be on the rise at the UT-Law. We’ve discussed the fact that American Bar Association appears to be oblivious to the rising cost of legal education.
But for the second year in a row, the State Bar of Texas is offering scholarships to intrepid law students. All you have to do is show that being a lawyer is actually, you know, important to society in any way. Legal Blog Watch reports:
Think you have some talent as a filmmaker? If so, the eyes of the State Bar of Texas are upon you. It is sponsoring a YouTube contest offering cash prizes and scholarships for the best 30-second video showing why either lawyers or the courts are important to our society.
I like this! Law school is too expensive, but you want to go anyway? Fine. Please explain to me why being a lawyer is so damn important.
Unfortunately, the cash prize or scholarship isn’t really going to cover law school tuition. Details after the jump.
Like I said, I like the thought, the problem is that the State Bar of Texas isn’t putting nearly enough money behind the effort:
In what is perhaps a sign of the economic times, the cash prize this year is just $500, but two will be awarded, along with a $500 scholarship to the winning under-18 videographer. The one prerequisite to enter is that you have to be a Texas resident or a lawyer licensed to practice there.
$500 bucks? Law school tuition at the University of Texas is $43,858. Per Year! Does $500 even buy you a semester’s worth of used casebooks these days?
Still, let’s not disregard the idea just because it’s poorly funded. What if every public law school gave a scholarship to the incoming student that can best explain what, if anything, is socially importantly about being a lawyer. Where’s the downside?
Earlier: UT-Law: Tuition Could be on the Rise, But Don’t Blame UT