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Bar Exams, California

California Bar Exam Cut From Three Days To Two

Major reform for one of the most idiosyncratic — and toughest — bar exams in the nation.

26 Comments / / Jul 27, 2015 at 5:05 PM
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    Litigators, Small Law Firms

    Beyond Biglaw: Opposition Research For Litigators (Part 2)

    Just as it is important to research your opponents, it is just as critical to investigate the “faces” your opponents will present at trial -- their testifying witnesses and experts.

    19 Comments / / Jul 7, 2015 at 9:59 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.07.15

    Some change for future of legal education.

    Some change for the future of legal education.

    * Vikram Amar, the incoming dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, says that he demanded a pay cut before taking the job to help make legal education more affordable for students. The piddling amount of money he’ll be sacrificing will absolutely infuriate you. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * When law firms break up and partners attack, it can sometimes be pretty entertaining (and a little sad, all at the same time). In this case, former partners have accused each other of being mentally unstable and going online shopping for hours instead of practicing law. [Daily Business Review]

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    * Vikram Amar, the incoming dean of the University of Illinois College of Law, says that he demanded a pay cut before taking the job to help make legal education more affordable for students. The piddling amount of money he'll be sacrificing will absolutely infuriate you. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * When law firms break up and partners attack, it can sometimes be pretty entertaining (and a little sad, all at the same time). In this case, former partners have accused each other of being mentally unstable and going online shopping for hours instead of practicing law. [Daily Business Review]

    * In case you don't remember the law school lawsuits about deceptive employment stats, some of them are still alive and kicking. One of the last surviving suits against Widener Law was recently denied class certification. [New Jersey Law Journal via ABA Journal]

    * Per Altman Weil MergerLine, 2015 is on pace to be a record year for law firm mergers. Statements like this have been made since the recession, but this time, it's the highest number of mergers recorded in the company's history. [Crain's Cleveland Business]

    * According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal sector lost 800 jobs in June. That's not exactly a comforting thought for those of you who are studying for the bar exam and don't have a job lined up yet. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    28 Comments / / Jul 7, 2015 at 8:57 AM
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    Technology

    The Disruption Of Biglaw Might Come, Not From Startups, But Lawyers Themselves

    What happens to Biglaw when no one wants to do it anymore?

    24 Comments / / Jul 6, 2015 at 5:44 PM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.06.15

    Apple-Computer-Apple-Computers-Inc* Is Apple Music an antitrust violation, a second-rate streaming music provider, or both. Probably both. [Dorf on Law]

    * Former Goldman employee Sergey Aleynikov acquitted… again. Who would have thought Cyrus Vance’s trumped up show trial would fail so thoroughly? [Dealbreaker]

    * Landmark cases reimagined as movie posters. [Res Ipsa Law Poster]

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    * Is Apple Music an antitrust violation, a second-rate streaming music provider, or both. Probably both. [Dorf on Law]

    * Former Goldman employee Sergey Aleynikov acquitted... again. Who would have thought Cyrus Vance's trumped up show trial would fail so thoroughly? [Dealbreaker]

    * Landmark cases reimagined as movie posters. [Res Ipsa Law Poster]

    * If you missed it, here's the New York Times Editorial about the "Activist Roberts Court" that everyone was talking about over the weekend. [New York Times]

    * In her defense, Sarah Palin may not be the dumbest person from Wasilla. [Legal Juice]

    * In the wake of Obergefell, will some holdout religious schools lose their tax-exempt status? [Tax Prof Blog]

    * Susman Godfrey's Steve Susman chats with Richard Hsu about distance cycling. [Hsu Untied]

    25 Comments / / Jul 6, 2015 at 5:13 PM
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    Holidays and Seasons

    Non-Comprehensive Ranking Of Idiots Who Blew Themselves Up.

    If fireworks were illegal, these people would be alive and uninjured today.

    0 Comments / / Jul 6, 2015 at 4:48 PM
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    Crime, Divorce Train Wrecks, Violence

    Lawyer Seriously Injured After Bomb Explodes At Firm

    Be careful out there, lawyers; we bet you didn't know your job could be so dangerous.

    23 Comments / / Jul 6, 2015 at 11:25 AM
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    Biglaw, In-House Counsel

    2 Career-Limiting Mistakes Lawyers Make During Meetings

    Columnist Mark Herrmann gives two examples -- one error routinely made by senior people at meetings, and one routinely made by junior people.

    19 Comments / / Jul 6, 2015 at 10:42 AM
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    China

    8 Ways To Stay Out Of Legal Trouble In China

    If your company cannot give good answers to the questions asked in this column, you should start making changes, and fast.

    / Jul 6, 2015 at 9:50 AM
  • Coming to a law school near you?

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.06.15

    Coming to a law school near you?

    Coming to a law school near you?

    * It’s time to start shutting down law schools, but this clearly isn’t something that the American Bar Association is ready to act on. After all, new schools keep popping up, and the ABA keeps accrediting them for reasons beyond understanding. [Bloomberg Business]

    * At the end of a landmark Term at the Supreme Court, some presidential candidates are fanning the flames of voters’ fears. Linda Greenhouse asks, “[W]hat, exactly, are people supposed to be afraid of now? A same-sex married couple with affordable health insurance?” [New York Times]

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    * It's time to start shutting down law schools, but this clearly isn't something that the American Bar Association is ready to act on. After all, new schools keep popping up, and the ABA keeps accrediting them for reasons beyond understanding. [Bloomberg Business]

    * At the end of a landmark Term at the Supreme Court, some presidential candidates are fanning the flames of voters' fears. Linda Greenhouse asks, "[W]hat, exactly, are people supposed to be afraid of now? A same-sex married couple with affordable health insurance?" [New York Times]

    * Eric Holder will return to Covington & Burling, the Biglaw firm from whence he came, and he'll be there "until [he] decide[s] [he's] not going to be a lawyer anymore.” This crazy guy says he'd even turn down a SCOTUS nom to continue working there. [Am Law Daily]

    * Congrats to Skadden, the firm that ranked numero uno in worldwide deals according to Bloomberg's quarterly M&A league tables. Davis Polk finished $93 billion behind that, but hopefully the bonuses will be just as sweet this winter. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * If you're planning to enter law school at the end of the summer -- especially if you're a gunner in training -- there's no better way to spend your last months of freedom than to read one (or all of) these law prof-recommended books and papers. [Washington Post]

    7 Comments / / Jul 6, 2015 at 8:56 AM