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The Blogging Scholarship

Is Your Blog Worthy of a $10,000 Scholarship? Do you maintain a weblog and attend college? Would you like $10,000 to help pay for books, tuition, or other living costs? If so, read this.

If such scholarships had been available back in the early days of blogging, Jeremy Blachman, whose Anonymous Lawyer blog earned him a book deal while he was still a law student, could have been a contender. And so might Ian Best, who earned recognition and a law school course credit for his Taxonomy of Legal Blogs at 3L Epiphany. Today's best law blogs by students are found in the Weekly Law School Roundup.

Should scholarships be offered for writing law blogs? Responding to the question, "What is the single best idea for reforming legal education you would offer to Erwin Chemerinsky as he builds the law school at UC-Irvine?", Professor Gordon Smith proffered this horrible idea: "Do not create a legal writing program, moot court competitions, student-edited law reviews, clinics, or any other co-curricular offerings." On the contrary, if anyone had asked this writer, I'd have recommended that the Donald Bren School of Law be the first law school to offer a scholarship for exemplary legal blogging. Now, wouldn't that cause a buzz in the blawgosphere and earn kudos for the new law school?