What is KarmicKash?
If 2020 has proven anything, it’s that we’re truly #AllInThisTogether. At BARBRI, that’s more than just a hashtag, it’s our mantra. #KarmicKash is BARBRI’s campaign to help combat food insecurity in America by supporting 100,000 volunteer hours at food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens in 2021.
Food Insecurity in the United States
Given the economic crisis that has gripped our nation, food insecurity has become a very real problem for millions of Americans. Today, approximately 4 in 10 people visiting food banks had never before needed food assistance and most food banks have seen the demand for their services rise more than 60% during 2020.
The dramatic increase in food insecurity has stretched food banks’ resources thin – all while they themselves have seen donations drop, volunteers quit, and cash reserves dwindle.
Entering Law Students
Students - especially those who are about to enter law school - are not immune from the economic crisis and have been hit especially hard by record unemployment.
Despite a strong desire to prepare for their all-important 1L year by attending BARBRI Law Preview’s law school prep course, many students simply lack the financial resources to attend our program.
Offer free tuition for BARBRI Law Preview to 1,000 entering law students who volunteer a minimum of 100 hours at a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit food bank, food pantry or soup kitchen between January 1 and April 30, 2021.
Interested in learning more? Complete the form below and we’ll send you all the details.
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Frequently asked questions
Not at all. BARBRI Law Preview is not only committed to building better law students, we want to build socially conscious lawyers who are committed to improving their communities. We are proud to sponsor an opportunity that allows entering law students to do well while doing good – and KarmicKash allows entering law students who cannot afford tuition to our program to lift others while they themselves climb.
Our hope: Law students (and eventually lawyers) will find their KarmicKash volunteer experience so rewarding that they will continue to find ways to serve others in need.
If you are physically able, and can do so safely, in-person volunteerism is preferred; however, if you can be supervised for remote volunteer hours (e.g., fundraising, databasing, digital outreach), we will accept a Supervisor’s Certification attesting to your completion of the required hours.
After completing your 100 volunteer hours between January 1 and April 30, 2021, you need to submit a Student Certification, attesting that you completed your volunteer service. You will also need to have someone from the non-profit you assist email us a Supervisor Certification verifying your volunteer service.
We’ve tried to make it a simple process. Just complete the form above and we’ll send you an email that details your next steps.
To take advantage of the KarmicKash opportunity, you must complete 100 unpaid volunteer hours at a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit food bank, food pantry or soup kitchen between January 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021.
The deadline for submitting the Student Certification and Supervisor Certification (verifying your service) is May 5, 2021.
Yikes! That would be a problem because we need to verify your service while also administering this program for all students using a reasonable timeline.
To avoid that possibility, we strongly encourage that you complete your service hours prior to April 30, and stay on top of your supervisor to make sure he/she emails us the Supervisor Certification before the May 5, 2021 deadline.
Nope! If your Karmic Kash Student/Supervisor Certifications are approved, we'll enroll you in Law Preview's On-Demand class at no charge. It's a beautiful thing.
This is the first summer we are offering KarmicKash as a way to pay for BARBRI Law Preview. As such, we expect it may take a bit of time to verify eligible KarmicKash awards, so we ask for your patience.
We anticipate that any student awarded free tuition using KarmicKash will be notified by Friday, June 25, 2021 and enrolled in BARBRI Law Preview’s On-Demand course no later than Thursday, July 1, 2021.
KarmicKash will be limited to 1,000 students. As such, to ensure BARBRI can provide free programming to as many students as possible, if you plan to attend a law school that is supported by a separate BARBRI Law Preview scholarship sponsored by a BigLaw firm or law school for which you may qualify, we kindly ask that you apply for that scholarship in addition to participating in KarmicKash; in the end, if awarded a separate scholarship, we may elect to enroll you in BARBRI Law Preview using that means in order to open a spot for another student using KarmicKash.
Honestly, this is the first summer we are running the KarmicKash program and are unaware of how popular it may be among entering 1Ls.
If we receive more than 1,000 qualifying applications, we will be forced to award students on a first come, first served basis.
This is why we strongly encourage students who also qualify for a BigLaw or school-sponsored Law Preview scholarship to apply for consideration using that method as well.