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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.25.15

    * Some people are very, very happy with today’s Obamacare ruling. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * And some people aren’t. Ah, Sesame Street conservatism: single words must be sounded out in complete isolation. Forget all those sentences and what not. [Breitbart]

    * But this is the best quip at Justice Scalia’s newly dubbed “SCOTUSCare.” [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Law student cleared of hit man murder of ex-boyfriend. [Legal Cheek]

    * What the hell is going on in Massachusetts? Bar exam passage rates are in from February: 56.6 percent overall, and only 66.7 percent for first-time takers. That’s pretty bad when you consider that last year, those numbers were 80 percent and 87 percent, respectively. [Massachusetts Court System]

    * It’s been a while since we checked in on the weird and wild “Judge Bill Pryor and Gay Porn” kerfuffle. Now there’s speculation on the man who brought the pictures to the fore. [Legal Schnauzer]

    * It’s hot out there, man. [What About Clients?]

    7 Comments / / Jun 25, 2015 at 5:54 PM
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    Bar Exams, Law Schools

    The Bar Exam: Mend It, Don’t End It

    Here’s an interesting proposal for how to fix the bar exam, from columnist Shannon Achimalbe.

    40 Comments / / Jun 24, 2015 at 2:00 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.24.15

    * Partners at this law firm tried a threesome, but it didn’t exactly work out as expected, so now they’re scaling it back to just one at a time. (And by this, we of course mean that Porter Scott’s three co-managing partners plan was a no-go.) [Sacramento Business Journal]

    * More than 40 class-action suits have been filed since the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, with many litigants alleging that they were “duped” into its purchase. Maybe one of them will pack a better punch than the so-called “Fight of the Century.” [National Law Journal]

    * Just because one Biglaw firm went under, in part, because of its brand-spanking new administrative hub, that doesn’t mean your firm shouldn’t consider opening one. The risk might be worth the reward of saving millions in expenses. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg]

    * Concordia Law launched a media campaign to attract students, touting the fact that it’s been kind of provisionally approved by the ABA as its selling point. It’s new slogan is likely “Meh, we’re good enough for the ABA, so we’re good enough for you.” [Idaho Statesman]

    * Here’s some good news for the people who are actually considering taking the D.C. bar exam instead of just waiving in like the rest of civilized society: the D.C. Court of Appeals will finally allow you to type the essay portion of the exam on your laptops. [Legal Times]

    23 Comments / / Jun 24, 2015 at 9:03 AM
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    Bar Exams, Law Professors, Law Schools

    Kill The Bar Exam

    LawProfBlawg wants to know: what’s the point of the bar exam?

    36 Comments / / Jun 16, 2015 at 3:04 PM
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    Bar Exams

    Ask The Professor: Is The UBE Really As UBE As You Think?

    The hybrid UBE approach, adding an additional yet separate local test, only makes the process more difficult for students, not easier.

    / Jun 9, 2015 at 2:59 PM
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    Bar Exams, Law Schools

    Which Law Schools Allegedly Paid Students Not To Take The Bar Exam?

    Unsurprisingly, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard allegations of a law school doing something like this.

    25 Comments / / Jun 5, 2015 at 11:18 AM
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    Bar Exams

    Law Graduate With Autism Passes The Bar Exam On His First Try

    Cal Western School of Law graduate Erik Weber has just provided some huge inspiration for people with autism, as he recently found out that he passed the bar exam on his first try. Erik was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. When he was 5, doctors told his parents his autism was so […]

    / May 27, 2015 at 11:12 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.22.15

    * Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich isn’t the only politician who will be joining Dentons. After Dentons completes a merger with McKenna Long & Aldridge, former DNC Chair Howard Dean will also be working for the largest law firm in the world. YEEEAAAH! [The Intercept]

    * Now that New York has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam, other states are considering it. Hurry up, because the UBE will “break down the long persistent barriers that keep lawyers from moving” — which isn’t a bad thing. [National Law Journal]

    * In half a century of reproductive and gay rights cases, it’s worth noting that “arguments based on a right to privacy have tended to weaken and crack; arguments based on equality have grown only stronger.” Let’s see what SCOTUS does in June. [The New Yorker]

    * All six of the Baltimore police officers who were arrested following the death of Freddie Gray have been indicted on homicide and assault charges. Despite the fact there’s now an indictment, the officers’ lawyers are calling the prosecution’s case weak. [New York Times]

    * “Can you #trademark a #hashtag?” It’s somewhat of a tricky issue for people who are trying to register their marks at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but these attorneys from IP powerhouse Morrison & Foerster have a pretty good explanation. [Law.com]

    31 Comments / / May 22, 2015 at 8:31 AM
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    Job Searches, Law Schools, Student Loans

    3 Recommendations For The Law School Graduating Class of 2015

    Financial and professional advice for new law school graduates from columnist Shannon Achimalbe.

    17 Comments / / May 20, 2015 at 10:07 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.18.15

    * Uber is building a 70-lawyer in-house group. Constantly going to outside counsel got too spendy after partners instituted surge pricing on all billable hours over 80/week. [Law and More]

    * Justice Ginsburg presided over a same-sex wedding yesterday. Could she have tipped her hand on the upcoming marriage equality decisions by consistently emphasizing the word “Constitution”? The article begins: “The groom and groom strolled down the aisle to the mellow strains of ‘Mr. Sandman.'” The first time I read that I thought it said, “Enter Sandman,” which, admit it, would be a much cooler wedding song. [New York Times]

    * Professor Rick Hasen, for one, thinks that might be exactly what RBG just did, noting her history of offering sly hints about the outcomes of unannounced decisions. [Election Law Blog]

    * Is there a legal solution to save Charleston Law? That’s interesting, but the bigger takeaway from this piece is that one of the board members actually left the stage during commencement after the invocation denounced greed. You cannot make this stuff up. [Post and Courier]

    * Those pesky nuns. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Stanford’s student commencement speaker crowdsourced her speech. It was all going along fine until the 3 minutes segment where she just yelled, “Baba Booey” over and over again. [Forbes]

    * California releases its February bar exam results. The only thing in California lower than those passage rates are the reservoirs, amiright? [Bar Exam Stats]

    * Richard Hsu talks with Henry Bushkin, Johnny Carson’s lawyer and the author of a new book about the late “King of Late Night.” [Hsu Untied]

    * Happy birthday to Professor Joseph Crea of Brooklyn Law School who celebrates his 100th birthday today at the school. [SF Gate]

    17 Comments / / May 18, 2015 at 5:01 PM
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    Bar Exams, Technology

    Victims Of ‘Biggest Bar Exam Disaster Ever’ Continue To Get The Shaft, Even After ExamSoft Settlement

    How much money will July 2014 bar takers receive thanks to the $2.1 million ExamSoft settlement?

    21 Comments / / May 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 05.12.15

    * Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of the UC Irvine School of Law thinks it’s time for California to follow New York’s lead and adopt the Uniform Bar Exam. After all, if doctors don’t have to take separate exams each time they move to a new state, lawyers shouldn’t have to do it either. [Los Angeles Times]

    * A jury just returned a verdict of $0 for a police officer who was severely burned after spilling a cup of free Starbucks coffee in his lap. The pictures of the burns that were used as evidence are pretty nasty, so you’ll obviously want to check them out. [NPR; WTVD]

    * According to a survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep, 56 percent of recent law grads would have preferred to condense their schooling to two years, while just 34 percent of prospective law students felt similarly. Oh, to be that naive again. [National Law Journal]

    * Violent besties? As it turns out, the gun altercation George Zimmerman was involved in yesterday was apparently part of some sort of ongoing feud with Matthew Apperson, the same man he threatened to kill in a road rage incident last year. [Crimesider / CBS News]

    * If you’re wondering what you should do during the summer before going to law school, then you can take the advice of this future gunner and possibly enroll in a pre-law prep course and work yourself to death, or you can relax. It’s up to you. [The Diamondback]

    20 Comments / / May 12, 2015 at 9:01 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.06.15

    * Hillary Clinton’s email practices while Secretary of State “not acceptable.” She promises not to do it while she’s in the White House. [Politico]

    * What does a test prep professional have to say about New York adopting the Uniform Bar Exam? [Kaplan Bar Prep]

    * Going to school in the Midwest? Here’s a ranking of the 42 Midwest law schools based on employment after graduation. [ChicagoInno]

    * The defendant who assaulted his lawyer — while on trial for assaulting his previous lawyer — is relieved after the court declared a mistrial. [ABA Journal]

    * Whether you dress up or dress down, remember to talk to people like people if you want to be a good lawyer. [Katz Justice]

    * Which occupation suffers from the most drug use/abuse? It’s not lawyers!!!! [Treatment4Addiction]

    * ATL regulars Jeena Cho and Keith Lee discuss the aftermath of her recent article in this publication and along with it “professionalism in law, constructive vs. destructive criticism, sexism and racism in law.” [The Anxious Lawyer / Resilient Lawyer Podcast]

    * We’ve talked about the David Messerschmitt case and the phenomenon of double lives. Fundamentally all of us maintain one on at least some level. [Law and More]

    65 Comments / / May 6, 2015 at 5:02 PM
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    Bar Exams

    New York Moves To The Uniform Bar Exam

    Big changes ahead for NY bar exam takers….

    14 Comments / / May 5, 2015 at 3:59 PM
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    Bar Exams

    Another Bar Exam Technical Malfunction

    Another nationwide exam, another tech issue….

    20 Comments / / Apr 28, 2015 at 2:03 PM
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    Bar Exams

    Ask The Professor: Why Did I Fail The Bar Exam?

    On your next attempt, maybe you need something the first-time bar prep courses don’t offer.

    / Apr 28, 2015 at 11:41 AM
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    Bar Exams, Sponsored Content

    What Is Most Important In Choosing A Bar Prep Course?

    A look at the some findings from a survey about bar exam prep.

    / Apr 21, 2015 at 4:00 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.20.15

    * Here’s a very important lesson for all of the lawyers reading this: thinking about work while you’re on the way to work doesn’t mean that you’re actually working. This novel argument failed miserably for a Biglaw partner trying to get out of a huge insurance claim. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Justice Scalia isn’t very fond of the media’s coverage of SCOTUS: “They don’t like conservatives on the court, or anywhere else for that matter. They do a lousy job. You can’t expect them to do a good job.” Wow, tell us how you really feel. [Arkansas Online]

    * “Enough! Enough! Call Loretta Lynch for a vote. Get her confirmed. Put her in place. Let her do her job.” After months of watching his pick for attorney general wait around thanks to political gridlock, President Obama has finally had it with this sh*t. [New York Times]

    * Good news, associates! If you leave your law firm job for a Supreme Court clerkship, you’ll likely still be able to receive that gigantic SCOTUS hiring bonus — to the tune of $300,000 plus! — if you return to the firm you left when it’s over. [National Law Journal]

    * “Hard questions have to be asked at law schools whose modest reputations and forgiving admission standards do not ensure their graduates gainful employment.” High LSAT scores are down, bar failure is up, and law schools still say it’s not their fault. [Bloomberg]

    71 Comments / / Apr 20, 2015 at 9:01 AM