DALLAS -- BARBRI Law Preview, part of leading legal education provider The BARBRI Group, and the American Bar Association (ABA) are pleased to announce Texas native Amanda Sarmiento as the winner of the 2017 Law Preview One Lawyer Can Change the World $10,000 scholarship. The scholarship will go towards Sarmiento's first year tuition at Texas A&M University School of Law as she pursues her dream of becoming an immigration lawyer.
"Every person in this country is affected in some way by immigration. The topic is at the forefront of political discourse and a hot button issue in our society," Sarmiento says. "This BARBRI scholarship will greatly benefit me in my quest to create meaningful immigration legislation, and in doing so, change the world, and allow me the opportunity and privilege of impacting the lives of so many for years to come."
Incoming Loyola University Chicago School ofLaw student Katie McLaughlin was awarded the runner-up scholarship of $5,000 toward her first year tuition.
"I have come to believe that one lawyer really can change the world," McLaughlin says. "BARBRI and the ABA are dedicated to empowering individuals to do just that. Words cannot express how grateful and humbled I am to be so generously supported in pursuit of my dreams."
Now in its second year, the Law Preview 1L scholarship opportunity challenges incoming law students to write an essay describing how as lawyers they would change the world. Finalists were selected by a team of BARBRI Law Preview panelists, and winners chosen by the Chair of ABA's Young Lawyers Division. All 1,200 applicants will receive free ABA membership, and the top 10 applicants will receive a complimentary ABA premium one-year membership.
"We continue to be impressed and motivated by the words we read from these future lawyers and consider it both our privilege and obligation to support and contribute towards the realization of their dreams and goals," says BARBRI Law Preview President Don Macaulay.
Law Preview is an innovative, comprehensive law school prep course that has proven to enhance early law school academic success. Offered as week-long, law professor-led sessions in 21 locations around the country, Law Preview teaches students how to brief cases, write outlines, study effectively, take tests and manage their time – all critical skills for success in law school. In addition to the skills portion, the classroom course also provides an overview of the six core law school subjects that are required for most students in their first year.
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