Law Schools

  • Alex Kozinski standard headshot Chief Judge Kozinski

    Alex Kozinski, Biglaw, D.C. Circuit, Health Care / Medicine, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.21.14

    * Judge John D. Bates wrote a letter to the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committee leadership “on behalf of the Judiciary” explaining why it’s important to keep FISA an opaque Star Chamber. Chief Judge Kozinsky, um, disagrees with that “on behalf” part, and calls out Judge Bates in this letter for mouthing off where he has absolutely no authority. [Just Security]

    * The twisted, contradictory, desperate logic behind Halbig. In GIF form!!! [Buzzfeed]

    * Two InfiLaw schools, Florida Coastal and our Twitter buddies at Charlotte, are offering refunds to students who perpetually fail the bar as well as a refund to students who don’t get clerkships or externships. That’s nice. A whole $10,000 for failing the bar twice and $2000 for not landing a position. Don’t bother comparing that too how much the students shelled out for their degrees because it’s too depressing. [JD Journal]

    * Do you want to know how to survive Biglaw? [2Civility]

    * Interesting advice on how to best take advantage of the more informal rules of mediation — let your clients build the narrative. [Katz Justice]

    * Judge gives a speech and suggests a woman should become a phone sex operator. That’ll work out well for him. [Journal Gazette]

    * Maybe we should be getting law degrees as undergrads? That way we might have minors that employers will care about. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Geez, lots of judges in trouble today — here’s an elected judge accused of lying about where she lived to get elected. She denies it, but her filings list three different addresses. Oops. [Times-Picayune]

    1 Comment / / Aug 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • studying

    Art, Bar Exams, BAR/BRI, Law Schools, Pictures

    How To Keep Yourself From Losing Your Mind While Studying For The Bar Exam

    When it came to the bar exam, you weren’t studying. As it turns out, you were stuDYING.

    32 Comments / / Aug 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM
  • raiderette

    Biglaw, Contests, Court Reporters / Stenographers, Football, Job Searches, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.21.14

    * Clearly we’ve got some problems, Cleary: Following Argentina’s default, the country is being advised to drop the law firm that said it was a good idea to default in the first place. [The Guardian]

    * Lawyers have been flocking to Ferguson, Missouri, left and right to serve as “the eyes and ears of those who protect and guarantee civil rights.” That’s nice, but it’s kind of not working. [National Law Journal]

    * “I really don’t know how the people who work there can keep a sense of sort of personal dignity.” American Law plunged in the rankings because of its “dubious employment prospects.” Ouch. [Washington City Paper]

    * In case you’ve been wondering what the NFL’s response to all of the cheerleader wage-and-hour complaints are, here it is: “Labor law? LOL. The NFL is immune from state labor law.” [NBC Bay Area]

    * Apparently there’s a national court-reporting championship that the world has been missing out on — until now. There was a major upset this year, and a new winner was crowned. Congrats! [WSJ Law Blog]

    4 Comments / / Aug 21, 2014 at 9:01 AM
  • Winner team

    Law Schools

    Did Your Participation Trophy Ruin Your Life?

    Bad law schools are the participation trophies of higher education.

    45 Comments / / Aug 20, 2014 at 5:20 PM
  • Anna Nicole Smith back to SCOTUS Supreme Court

    Anna Nicole Smith, Defamation, Football, Gay Marriage, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Patents, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.20.14

    * Anna Nicole Smith’s estate finally loses its effort to secure a piece of her late husband’s estate. This whole thing was like Bleak House with boobs. [Jezebel]

    * Supreme Court halts same-sex marriage in Virginia. So there you go. [ABC News]

    * Our old friend the Affluenza kid is back in the news, but this time he’s only a footnote to the story. His father, the one who spoiled him so badly he couldn’t help himself but kill a bunch of people, has been arrested for impersonating a cop. Maybe affluenza is contagious.

    * The preliminary draft of the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure are available for public comment! So what are you still doing here? [U.S. Courts]

    * Lawyer posts a bounty available to anyone who can help him collect on the multi-million dollar judgments he’s secured against a pilfering billionaire. “I’ve spent enough money getting judgments.” Enter Dog the Judgement Bounty Hunter. Go with Christ, Brah.[Forbes]

    * Adam Carolla has settled with the patent troll who was suing him claiming they invented the podcast. Details weren’t disclosed, but since Carolla had previously said he wouldn’t settle for any amount of money, I wonder how they sweetened the pot. [USAToday]

    * Suspended Notre Dame athletes reportedly considering a lawsuit against journalists who named them as suspects in a cheating scandal. Even though the school itself named them. If the classes they supposedly took were “Pre-Law” or “Basics of Defamation,” then I think the NCAA has a slam dunk case. [FoxSports]

    * The extracurriculars that help you get into law school. Debate’s still on there even if the description — at least of the form of debate most Americans practice — sounds more like what a high school drama thinks of debate instead of reality. Less extemporaneous speaking and more “massive, in-depth research and a developing a mastery of electronic research databases.” [InGenius Prep]

    * The lingering lawsuit over one of the most devastating hockey hits in recent memory has finally settled. The parties agreed to 5 minutes for fighting and a game misconduct. [ESPN]

    0 Comments / / Aug 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM
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    Law Schools, Social Media, Twittering

    Tweets From TTT 1Ls Are The Saddest Thing You’ll Read Today

    Behold the hopes and dreams of a generation of students, memorialized on Twitter….

    49 Comments / / Aug 20, 2014 at 2:31 PM
  • nerd large

  • Fantasy football for cash LF

    Biglaw, Eric Holder, Football, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Murder, Police

    Morning Docket: 08.20.14

    * Full, fair, and independent: In a St. Louis Post-Dispatch op-ed, Attorney General Eric Holder promised “robust action” in Ferguson, Mo., in light of Michael Brown’s killing. [National Law Journal]

    * Biglaw firms have taken notice of the crowdfunding scene, and some have started up their own practice groups dedicated to the cause. Goodwin Procter just got in on the ground floor. [Crowdfund Insider]

    * Who will be honored with induction to the American Lawyer’s Legal Hall of Fame in 2014? Take a look at a list of past winners of the title to see if you can guess which legal luminaries will be next. [Am Law Daily]

    * “We are actively investigating. We will not rest until we bring this case to a close.” Police still have no leads or suspects in the tragic murder of FSU Law Professor Dan Markel. Sad. [Tallahassee Democrat]

    * Is your fantasy football league legal? Like the answer to all questions of law, it depends. Not for nothing, but we’re willing to bet that you won’t really care if it’s legal if it’s going to impede on your fun. [Forbes]

    1 Comment / / Aug 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM
  • devil's advocate

    8th Circuit, Football, Gay, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Prisons, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.19.14

    * They’re making The Devil’s Advocate into a TV show. That is all. [io9]

    * Lingerie brand is suing its former lawyer for screwing up its patent filing. What a boob. [NY Post]

    * Chris Kluwe and the Minnesota Vikings have reached a settlement to avoid potential embarrassment. Now if only they could reach settlement with the Packers for the same reason. [NBC Sports]

    * The world of raising hogs meets the Eighth Circuit. The fifth “H” stands for what the hell? [The Legal Geeks]

    * Shares in Taser have gone up 25 percent since Michael Brown’s shooting. Oh, remember Taser? The company that makes a product that stops fleeing suspects without executing them? Looks like the market is expecting a sea change in how police do business. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * Jesus. A teenager who waited in jail for three years pending trial died in solitary confinement at Rikers Island when his heart exploded. A new lawsuit alleges that the prison just ignored the condition. So much for innocent until proven guilty. [Gawker]

    * A new study undermines the myth that the gender imbalance in tenure is not related to productivity. But hey, who cares, tenure is passé according to Laurence Tribe. [Inside Higher Ed h/t TaxLaw Prof]

    * When times are tough, lawyers are denying their law degrees in job applications. No matter how hard you pretend, your debt isn’t going away. [Law and More]

    6 Comments / / Aug 19, 2014 at 5:05 PM
  • Scared male businessman running away from something

    Law Professors, Law Schools, Quote of the Day

    It’s Never Too Early To Quit

    Important 1L advice from a law professor.

    15 Comments / / Aug 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM
  • Businessman reaching for a carrot at the end of a stick

    Job Searches, Law Schools

    Law Grads Feel ‘Practice Ready,’ Employers Seem To Disagree

    A new survey reveals perverse incentives for law schools.

    37 Comments / / Aug 19, 2014 at 2:50 PM
  • lingerie football

    Biglaw, Football, Labor / Employment, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, New Jersey, Real Estate, Sports

    Morning Docket: 08.19.14

    * In this summer’s Biglaw lawsuitpalooza, real estate and conflicts took the lead as headliners. Poor Boies Schiller had double the trouble when it came to ethics complaints. Ouch. [Am Law Daily]

    * New Jersey taxpayers owe Gibson Dunn & Crutcher about $6.5 million thanks to Governor Chris Christie’s Bridgegate scandal. Thanks for the pain in our pocketbooks, chief. [Daily Report (reg. req.)]

    * “It’s been a minor inconvenience to us, but of course I don’t like somebody hijacking my name and using it to hurt someone else.” Two Florida law firms are investigating why someone sent out 42 anonymous state bar complaints against one firm using the other firm’s mailing address. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * Charleston School of Law is starting a new academic year with even more confusion than it was in last year, considering that its InfiLaw buyout is in a state of flux. Maybe that’s a good thing. [Post and Courier]

    * Three ex-Lingerie Football League players have filed class action suits against the club, alleging minimum wage law violations. Come on, pay these half-naked athletes a living wage. [National Law Journal]

    3 Comments / / Aug 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM
  • logo

    Gay, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Theater

    Non-Sequiturs: 08.18.14

    * 7 tips for surviving the first week of law school. Apparently tip #7 is “proofread numbered lists better.” [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    * Lost in the controversy over Trinity Western Law School and bigotry is the fact that it may not really be a good law school. [The Province]

    * A conservative UChicago Law student explains why The Book of Mormon signals the fall of society. The essay is almost as funny as the show itself. [Red State]

    * A crowdsourcing call for help in getting a “vexatious litigant” order against a particularly troublesome individual. If you’re interested in helping out, check this out. [Popehat]

    * Not only is NYC routinely sued, but the city releases helpful reports containing “a bevy of settlement data.” [LFC360 / Legal Funding Central]

    * Here are the five jobs that can ruin your social life. I wonder if lawyers are on here…. [Yahoo! Education]

    3 Comments / / Aug 18, 2014 at 4:57 PM
  • nerd

    Caption Contests, Contests, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Pictures

    Caption Contest: The Height Of Law School Toolishness

    Being published in a law journal is kind of a big deal, but not as big of a deal as this law student would have you think.

    84 Comments / / Aug 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM
  • waffle house

    Baseball, Basketball, Biglaw, Gender, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Politics, Real Estate, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sports, Texas, Women's Issues

    Morning Docket: 08.18.14

    * Robert Manfred Jr., formerly a partner of Morgan Lewis & Bockius, is now the commissioner of Major League Baseball, and he beat out another former Biglaw buddy from Kelley Drye & Warren to snag the job. [Am Law Daily]

    * “My past is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on.” Michele Roberts is the first lady to lead the NBAPU, and you don’t want to mess with her. [New York Times]

    * In case you haven’t heard by now, Governor Rick Perry was indicted on Friday on felony charges of abusing his power in office. Aww, poor guy. Not for nothing, but we can’t wait to see his mug shot. [New York Times]

    * Quinnipiac Law has a new building that cost $50 million, and it’s designed to hold between 400 and 500 students. With only 292 students currently enrolled, that’s a lot of wishful thinking. [New Haven Register]

    * “This is a lawsuit against the lawyers for being lawyers, for doing what lawyers do.” It also seems to be a lawsuit that’s allegedly about sex, lies, illegal video tapes… and Waffle House. [Daily Report (reg. req.)]

    7 Comments / / Aug 18, 2014 at 9:02 AM
  • career-files-180x100-RF

    Ask the Experts, Career Center, Career Files, Law Schools, LSAT, Pre-Law

    From the Career Files: How To Get The Most Out Of An LSAC Forum

    Advice for LSAC forums from Ann K. Levine of LawSchoolExpert.com.

    / Aug 15, 2014 at 4:14 PM
  • stat of the week

    Job Searches, Law Schools, Rankings

    Stat of the Week: Law School Career Services

    What are the top five law schools where students were “very satisfied” with career counseling and job search help?

    7 Comments / / Aug 15, 2014 at 3:55 PM
  • ls-rankings-2014-640x640

    Education / Schools, Law Schools, Rankings

    Why You Absolutely Should Care About Law School Rankings

    Well, it turns out you really, really, should be paying attention to law school rankings, and here’s the evidence to prove it.

    26 Comments / / Aug 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

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