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    Law Schools

    The Cruel Grading System Of Low-Ranked Law Schools

    Employers take law school GPAs very seriously. Shouldn’t low-ranked schools adjust their grading policies to match their higher-ranked competitors?

    105 Comments / / May 27, 2015 at 10:47 AM
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    Law Professors, Law Schools

    Why Does It Take SOOOO Long For Law Profs To Grade Exams?

    To help all law students get a grip on the grading process — to determine how professors grade and to get an insider’s perspective about before and after exams — we interviewed a law professor.

    49 Comments / / May 18, 2015 at 11:48 AM
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    Eavesdropping / Wiretapping, Insider Trading, Labor / Employment, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Paralegals, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.02.14

    Crim Law exam features Fifty Shades of Grey prequel as fact pattern. [Legal Cheek]

    * You’d think being in jail would be a pretty good alibi. But that’s not the Chicago Way! [Overlawyered]

    * How many law professors have wished they could say this before? “Don’t give me any of your s**tty papers and you get an A.” [Critical-Theory via TaxProf Blog]

    * Lawyer powerlifting to raise money for mentoring programs. Because donating to charity is more fun when it comes with the risk of severe groin injuries. [Chicago Tribune]

    * U.S. News has a list of ways being a paralegal first can help with law school. It’s dumb. There’s only one reason paralegal experience helps and that’s to meet practicing lawyers and figure out whether or not law school is even worth it. [U.S. News]

    * In the past, Professor Nancy Leong was accused of narcissism. But she doesn’t seem to be attention-seeking at all based on this publicly posted shot. Maybe she can post that on Ashley Madison and see what happens… [Instagram]

    * Regulating imports could drastically improve labor conditions around the world (and potentially bring more jobs back home). But that could curtail profits by a smidgeon so let’s table that discussion. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * A former AUSA on the Phil Mickelson/Carl Icahn insider trading case and wiretaps. [mitchellepner]

    * John Oliver made a powerful appeal to the Internet to take action in defense of Net Neutrality. If you want to know what you can do (or don’t even understand the issue) and laugh at the same time, the video is embedded below… [Huffington Post]

    4 Comments / / Jun 2, 2014 at 5:01 PM
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    Law Professors, Law Schools

    Why I Never Got Higher Than A ‘B’ In Law School

    Hopefully this conversation will give law students a better roadmap for their upcoming exams.

    27 Comments / / Apr 9, 2014 at 11:19 AM
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    Job Searches, Law Professors, Law Schools

    Qui Tam: A Study Of The Legal Profession In Verse

    Please welcome Above the Law’s new poet in residence, who will be sharing poems about the legal profession in our pages.

    4 Comments / / Feb 25, 2014 at 3:44 PM
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    Grade Reform, Law Professors, Law Schools

    New Law Professor Devises Grading System Bewildering To Children, Annoying To Adults

    Can somebody please stop this rookie professor from ruining his own class?

    114 Comments / / Sep 23, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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    Bar Exams, Law Schools, LSAT

    What’s The Best Predictor Of Bar Exam Success? It’s Not The LSAT

    If law schools are supposed to train people to pass the bar exam, they seem to be already doing the right thing.

    25 Comments / / Sep 13, 2013 at 5:19 PM
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    Law Schools, Lawsuit of the Day, Pro Se Litigants

    Law Student Sues School For Making Him Retake a Class He Failed

    Schools just can’t get over that requirement that you “actually pass” classes to graduate.

    115 Comments / / Sep 6, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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    Grade Reform, Law Professors, Law Schools

    Can Law School Grading Be More Fair?

    Is there a better way to grade law school exams? And if so, would professors be willing to do it?

    16 Comments / / Jun 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM
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    Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Religion, Tax Law

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.18.13

    * As we noted last week (third item), Judge Rosenbaum recognized that the government was bound to have phone records of the defendant since they were dragnetting the whole friggin’ country. Now the government has responded and predictably claims that this is all classified. [Southern District of Florida Blog]

    * Speaking of follow-ups, remember how NYU Law was using non-profit slush funds to pay for housing for professors? Well, they also provided sweetheart loans for summer houses. [New York Times]

    * The battle rages over the admissibility of audio expert witness testimony in the George Zimmerman trial. At least Howard Greenberg isn’t going to be there to call them all whores. [The Expert Institute]

    * With the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policy about to get smacked down in federal court, it’s important to remember there’s nothing wrong with “stop and frisk” — just every single way that it’s been applied for over a decade. [Vocativ]

    * For our law professor readers, cognitive psychology says you get more fair results if you grade exams by question rather than grading the whole exam at once. It also means you’re not as likely to find 15 whole exams missing and fail to grade one student’s exam for weeks on end (in fairness, I ran into Professor Winkler and he assures me he eventually graded that exam). [Concurring Opinions]

    * Communications between Superman and a minister in Man of Steel would likely be shielded by Kansas law. A better question is what law are we going to use to prosecute Superman for wontonly demolishing a city? [The Legal Geeks]

    * If you’re living the Bitcoin lifestyle, you’re probably about to get taxed. [TaxProf Blog]

    1 Comment / / Jun 18, 2013 at 5:34 PM
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    Grade Reform, Law Professors, Law Schools

    The Wussification of Legal Education Continues

    Here’s another pathetic attempt to save law faculty from the burdens of actually educating people…

    136 Comments / / May 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM
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    Morning Docket: 05.13.13

    * Given the name and origins of the Tea Party movement, it actually makes perfect sense that their groups got grief from the IRS. [Washington Post]

    * Wachtell Lipton weighs in against the practice of shareholder activists offering special compensation to director nominees. [Dealbook / New York Times]

    * A law professor, Joshua Silverstein, argues that schools should embrace grade inflation. (But haven’t most of them done this already?) [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Facebook shareholders might not “like” this news, but Ted Ullyot is stepping down as general counsel after almost five years. We’ll have more on this later. [National Law Journal]

    * The Brooklyn DA’s office is reopening 50 murder cases that were worked on by retired detective Louis Scarcella (who looks oh-so-savory in the NYT’s photo of him). [New York Times]

    * In news that should shock no one, Nicholas Speath’s dubious discrimination case against Georgetown Law has been dismissed. [The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times]

    * Not long after leaving Cravath for Kirkland, Sarkis Jebejian is putting together billion-dollar deals for private-equity clients. [Am Law Daily]

    * Professor Jeffrey Rosen reviews an interesting new book, The Federalist Society (affiliate link), authored by Michael Avery and Danielle McLaughlin. [New York Times]

    2 Comments / / May 13, 2013 at 8:43 AM
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    Non-Sequiturs: 02.18.13

    * Maker’s Mark will not get diluted after all — likely causing a shortage. Start hoarding mediocre bourbon, folks! [Wonkblog]

    * If you’ve ever wondered what the Supreme Court feels like to a pro se petitioner, here’s your answer. “Simply put, the Supreme Court uses its desktop publishing and printing guidelines as a weapon against the American public.” So much for “the least dangerous branch.” [Aaron Greenspan]

    * “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Russia’s taking that phrase to a whole new level by pushing forward with a criminal tax evasion trial against a dead man. This is the first case of its kind since United States v. Bernie Lomax. [Reuters]

    * Is the pressure mounting on the Washington Redskins to change their name? It’s an interesting take, but overlooks one important detail: Dan Snyder is a tone deaf jerk. [Sports Law Blog]

    * Computer science students realize that taking collective action to intentionally fail the test was better than trying to pass it. It’s like The Producers of education. And if this grading policy applied to 1Ls, there’d be at least one jerk who defected to ruin everyone else’s curve. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Ten points to Gryffindor if you know what “tumid” means. Because you’re going to have to know before you pass through Ohio again. [Legal Juice]

    4 Comments / / Feb 18, 2013 at 5:04 PM
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    Grade Reform, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools

    Top Law School Finally Commits To Getting Grades In On Time; Will Fine Late-Grading Faculty

    Punishing faculty might be the only way to make them do their jobs in a timely fashion…

    33 Comments / / May 16, 2012 at 11:19 AM
  • Law Professors, Law Schools, Screw-Ups

    Stop Reusing Your Old Exams, You LAZY Law School Professors!

    How hard is it to write an exam for a course you’ve taught all semester? On a scale of one to ten — ten involving programing a rocket ship, one somewhere around putting on pants in the morning — where does formulating a law school exam rate? A two? During this finals period alone, we’ve got students from three law schools, including two law schools in the top ten, alleging that their professors couldn’t be bothered to come up with fresh exams for this year’s students….

    95 Comments / / Dec 15, 2011 at 11:56 AM
  • Grade Reform, Law Professors, Law Schools, Ridiculousness, Texas

    Fight the Power: Is There a Way Around the Curve?

    We get it, law students: the curve sucks. Because the law school curve affects important things like class rank, law review eligibility, and employment opportunities, it can make or break your life. But can you fight it? A student at the University of Texas School of Law is trying — albeit unsuccessfully — to fight the powers that be….

    73 Comments / / Sep 16, 2011 at 10:31 AM
  • Bar Exams, Law Schools

    Is Not Getting Your Grades A Big Deal? The Georgia Bar Thinks So

    Yesterday, we brought you a story about the plight of UGA Law students who were still jonesing for their grades. After having received a number of comments, emails, tweets, and Facebook messages, it seems like the moral of the story for rising 2Ls and 3Ls at UGA Law (and at every other law school) is […]

    30 Comments / / Jun 16, 2011 at 2:53 PM
  • Bar Exams, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools

    Did Uga Eat The Grades At UGA Law?

    Well, it’s the middle of June, and it seems that some law students are still waiting for their grades. As we know from past discussion of the issue, this is a fairly common practice. The only problem with it is that it keeps law students fiending for their last grade like a crack addict searching […]

    53 Comments / / Jun 15, 2011 at 4:12 PM