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  • katherine merck rf

    B for Beauty, Law Schools

    Law Student Turned Pageant Queen With A Purpose

    For her efforts this law student won a shiny new saddle and an LLM.

    28 Comments / / Dec 7, 2015 at 1:39 PM
  • Got debt?

    Law School Deans, Law Schools

    Law School Deans Whine About The New York Times Calling Out Their Debt Scam

    Faced with high-profile criticism, law school deans pull out the scare tactics in defense of the lucrative status quo.

    17 Comments / / Nov 2, 2015 at 1:52 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.13.15

    * Zimbabwe officials won’t charge Dr. Walter Palmer in the slaying of Cecil the lion since he had proper paperwork, but he likely won’t be allowed to hunt if he ever returns. This will not stand. It’s now time for the American vigilante animal-lover justice team to assemble. [Reuters]

    * Per the results of two new surveys, Biglaw firms can stop worrying about their work drying up thanks to in-house law departments keeping matters in-house. Outside spending on legal counsel is flat as opposed to in the negative, and that’s apparently something to celebrate. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * This school puts the “duh” in Flori-duh: As we mentioned previously, Ave Maria School of Law was the caboose on the trainwreck that was the July 2015 administration of the Florida bar exam, and now people can’t stop staring at the wreckage. [Naples Daily News]

    * The Cannabis Law and Policy Project, a new group at the University of Washington School of Law, will spend the next year researching existing and emerging markets for marijuana. We can’t wait for them to puff, puff, pass on their knowledge. [UW Today]

    * If you’re planning to take the LSAT with testing accommodations, there are a few things that you need to know. Find out what types of accommodations are available, and be sure to file your — OMG, SQUIRREL! [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    46 Comments / / Oct 13, 2015 at 8:56 AM
  • Associate Bonus Watch 2010 suitcase full of cash money

    Crime, Student Loans

    Lawyer Charged With Soliciting A Bribe… To Pay Off Student Loans

    Student debt can make people do some crazy things. Can it also make people do some criminal things?

    26 Comments / / Sep 23, 2015 at 3:44 PM
  • Dean Michael Schill

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.15.15

    * Sorry, Chicago Law, but it looks like you’re going to lose your dean. Michael Schill, the school’s departing dean, will leave to assume the presidency at the University of Oregon. It’s an upgrade for UO, and a potential downgrade for UChiLaw. Yikes… [Willamette Week]

    * FYI, D.C. Circuit litigants, you really need to “avoid using acronyms that are not widely known.” This is your second warning, your colleagues have already been benchslapped for this behavior, and the clerk’s office literally can’t even anymore. [National Law Journal]

    * After six months spent completing a domestic violence program, the battery charge against Judge Mark Fuller has been dropped and expunged from his record. Whether he’ll be allowed to keep his job on the federal bench is another story entirely. [Reuters]

    * Your law school application is a great place to explain why your undergraduate GPA is so damn low, because at this point in the process, the law school of your choice may be happy that you actually have a pulse. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * Theo Shaw, a member of the “Jena Six” who had to spend 7 months in jail because he couldn’t afford bail for his alleged participation in a gang-beating, is going to law school on a full ride. He’s “profoundly grateful” to Washington Law. Congrats! [Business Insider]

    20 Comments / / Apr 15, 2015 at 9:04 AM
  • Businessman has lost money

    Public Interest

    When A Full Ride Is Half-Empty

    Even with “free” law school, some bills still need to get paid.

    11 Comments / / Jan 27, 2015 at 3:30 PM
  • But Florida Coastal said I'd get a job!

    Caption Contests, Libraries / Librarians, Pictures

    Caption Contest Winner: Undergrads, Get The Hell Out Of The Law Library

    “Oooooo I’m bad!” Which law school did this controversial Snapchat come from?

    3 Comments / / Jan 20, 2015 at 2:00 PM
  • student debt 2 small educational loans

    Public Interest

    Another Option for Aspiring Public Interest Lawyers: LRAPs

    When it comes to LRAP, carefully consider what each individual school offers to help you survive on a public interest salary.

    6 Comments / / Dec 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM
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    Alan Dershowitz, Eugene Volokh, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, O.J. Simpson, Sanford Levinson, UNC Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 11.27.13

    Ed. note: Happy Thanksgiving! We will resume our normal publication schedule on Monday, December 2. We hope you have a wonderful holiday, and we thank you for your readership.

    * O.J. Simpson is going to be staying in prison longer. The search for the real killers suffers another setback. [Fox News]

    * Sriracha-gate continues. A federal judge has ordered a partial shutdown of the plant. [Slate]

    * Lawyers are destroying American society. Because the Romans also had a glut of law school grads when the Republic fell. Or something. [Bloomberg BusinessWeek]

    * A federal government lawyer who mastered the stock market and lived a frugal life has given some $56 million to the University of Washington School of Law. Go ahead and hold your breath for that Washington tuition decrease. [Seattle Times]

    * UNC professors are questioning the motives of a public records request targeting the new director of the law school poverty center. Which isn’t naked intimidation at all. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * A couple weeks ago Professors Alan Dershowitz and Sanford Levinson debated Professor Eugene Volokh and David Kopel. The former argued that the Second Amendment has outlived its usefulness. Based on minds changed, they won. The debate video is embedded past the jump… [Intelligence2 Debates]

    5 Comments / / Nov 27, 2013 at 1:41 PM
  • Hop in the DeLorean and travel back in time with us.

    American Bar Association / ABA, Gender, Law Schools, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 09.20.13

    * Congress could throttle tech innovation with two words. Thankfully, I don’t think Congress knows any two words beyond “defund Obamacare.” [Slate]

    * The University of Washington was slapped with a $720,000 fine for withholding documents from a professor suing the school for gender discrimination. Every time something bad happens to the University of Washington, an angel gets its wings. Go Ducks! [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * The ABA has issued its draft report on the future of legal education. Highlights include recommending a 50% tuition cut. Ha! Just kidding. [Associate’s Mind]

    * Congress is targeting the people who are really making off like bandits: poor people on food stamps. But there’s another link in the federal agriculture spending chain that might make more sense to target if you really wanted to save the government money. Silly me, budgetary discipline has nothing to do with budget cuts. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Here are 15 things wrong with the criminal justice system. Only 15? [Boston Review]

    * Lessons on the defense of others from Back to the Future. I’m still waiting for a legal analysis of buying plutonium from Libyans. Is that legal? I’m kind of fuzzy on that one. [The Legal Geeks]

    4 Comments / / Sep 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM