The Washington Post has described ATL as a “must-read legal blog.” And it seemed that this was literally true for students in a course entitled “Law Firms and Legal Careers,” taught at the University of Michigan Law School by Karl Lutz, of counsel to Kirkland & Ellis.
Students are expected to become completely familiar with and prepared to discuss in class the blog “Above the Law.”
As it turns out, according to Lutz, this sentence is not supposed to be in the course description. We received a phone call this morning from Lutz, who said that this language was added to his course description without his knowledge or consent. It was not in the course description that Lutz submitted to the law school; it was subsequently added (how or by whom, Lutz doesn’t know). Lutz has contacted Michigan Law to notify them of the problem.
Lutz also shared with us his opinion of Above the Law….
“I certainly don’t discourage people from reading Above the Law,” Lutz told us. “I support information and I don’t have a problem with Above the Law. But that sentence is not in my course description.”
Also not supposed to be in the course description, according to Lutz, is the sentence immediately preceding the reference to Above the Law: “Course and reading materials for this course are limited.” To the contrary, students in the class will have to plow through what Lutz described as “three huge course packs.”
Getting course credit for reading Above the Law, in a class with otherwise “limited” reading material? Wolverines, if something sounds too good to be true — like, say, a free lunch — it probably is.
Law Firms and Legal Careers [University of Michigan Law School]