Law Schools, Public Interest

The Career Services Ice Bucket Challenge Is On

If you are a connoisseur of social media, you’ve seen thousands of links and updates about the situation in Ferguson. You’ve seen a number of reports about the crisis in Gaza. You’ve been kept abreast about our military operations in Iraq. It’s been a busy August for news.

Of course, you’ve ignored most of those links and instead been on a targeted hunt for Ice Bucket Challenge vines. If you are over 40, let me explain: instead of giving money to support research on Lou Gehrig’s Disease, people are dumping buckets of ice water on themselves. Actually, most people are giving $100 to ALS research AND dumping buckets of ice water on themselves. Awareness! It’s working, so read this before you judge.

The… whatever this is has made its way to law school campuses, thanks to the UVA Law School Office of Career Services. As our tipster put it, there is video of UVA Law CSO “getting ice buckets dumped on them by a row of bros.” Does that sound like something you would like to see?

Here’s the video, see if you can spot the subtle troll.

I love — not “like,” love — that the UVA guys called out Harvard, Yale, and Stanford. NOT DUKE. Not another regional rival like Georgetown or Vanderbilt. Not Michigan or Berkeley, which are schools that are ranked similarly to UVA. Instead, these guys went straight HYS, baby. You come strong, or you don’t come at all. It’s a little bit like me taking the ice bucket challenge and calling out Keith Olbermann instead of, say, Jason Whitlock.

And I love it. It’s all in good fun, and all for a good cause. I just hope that if HLS CSO Dean Mark Weber does it, he also punches up: “I’m challenging Pope Francis, Justice Scalia, and Queen Elizabeth II to take the challenge.”

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