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American Idol for Law Jobs? Vote in BARBRI's Job Competition

By William Peacock, Esq. on April 01, 2014 11:57 AM

This is how far we've fallen.

And that's not meant as disrespect for either BARBRI or Save the Children, the sponsors of this contest. It's just ... when did finding a law job require one to enter a reality television-like contest, complete with online videos of the candidates and a popular vote?

In any case, the Internet will help determine three finalists who interview for a one-year fellowship as in-house counsel for the Save the Children nonprofit. Yes folks, you too can vote, so long as you do so before April 7, 2014.

The Fellowship

What's the prize for BARBRI's Law Idol (not the official designation)? A one-year fellowship, designed and funded by the bar review company, at the leading independent organization for children in need, Save the Children, which has a presence in 120 countries.

Despite the popularity contest, it's net gain for children, and for these future not-so-Greedy Associates.

The Contest

Dozens called, but only ten will be reviewed by the three judges: Akua Akyea, the director of public interest for Yale Law School, David Lat, the founder and managing editor of Above the Law, and our own Tanya Roth, the editor and team lead for FindLaw Blogs.

The tenacious ten:

  • Andrea Baker, Athens, Ga., University of Georgia School of Law
  • Karen Baker, Austin, Texas, University of Texas School of Law
  • Vianca Diaz, Wethersfield, Conn., University of Maryland School of Law
  • Arianna Goodman, Little Rock, Ark., William H. Bowen School of Law
  • Allison Levene, Stamford, Conn., Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Candace Queathem, Irvine, Calif., Chapman University School of Law
  • Shaundricka Ranel, Durham, N.C., North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • Abigail Skeans, Virginia Beach, Va., Regent University School of Law
  • Zipporah Tillman, Pittsburgh, Pa., University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Catherine Wauters, Arlington, Va., George Mason University School of Law

Once the field is narrowed to three by popular vote and by the judges, Save the Children will vet the finalists and select the winner of the one-year fellowship. Voters are asked to consider the candidates' creativity, passion, video quality and content.

And once more, we'll remind you: vote through April 7, 2014.

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