Law Schools

  • Bluebook Legal Bluebook

    Law Reviews, Law Schools

    Is This The Biggest Bluebook Error Of Them All?

    Who deserves credit (or blame) for the authoritative (and often criticized) legal citation manual?

    33 Comments / / Dec 7, 2015 at 11:57 AM
  • law-school-gavels

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.07.15

    * “People who have a dream of going to law school should go into it with their eyes wide open.” In case you haven’t heard, not all of the law school lawsuits were dismissed; in fact, one of them filed against Thomas Jefferson School of Law is going to trial in March. [ABC News]

    * Dewey know which D&L defendant will likely be able to escape a retrial? It seems that Steven Davis, the failed firm’s former chairman, may find himself on the receiving end of a deferred prosecution agreement instead. [DealBook / New York Times]

    * At this point, it’s anyone’s best guess as to what the future of net neutrality may be: The FCC’s latest proposal for equal treatment of internet traffic apparently left a bad taste in the D.C. Circuit’s mouth during oral arguments at a recent hearing. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Baker & McKenzie used to be the largest law firm in the world before Dentons arrived on the scene, but now it’s got its eyes on expansion in a territory that the Biglaw behemoth hasn’t completely claimed: the United States. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * Give thanks, because according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the legal sector added 600 jobs last month. If you’ve got a job on your Christmas wish list, Santa just might deliver one to you this year. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    56 Comments / / Dec 7, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • stressed african businesswoman

    Biglaw, Law Schools, Minority Issues

    Minorities In The Legal Profession Have Increased By Less Than One Percent Since 2000

    In 2020, do you think you will be happy about or disappointed by the diversity in our profession?

    / Dec 4, 2015 at 10:31 AM
  • Charlie Sheen

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.04.15

    * It’s only been two weeks since Charlie Sheen’s HIV reveal, and the lawsuits are already starting to roll in. The actor’s ex-fiancée is suing him for big bucks and claims he failed to disclose his status to her before having unprotected sex, which is a felony in California. [Deadline]

    * When you somehow avoid jail time by asserting an improbable “affluenza” defense after killing people in a drunk-driving wreck, it figures that your downfall comes via tweet. Start out your day by checking out the video of “ya boy ethan couch [allegedly] violating probation.” [Dallas Morning News]

    * Remember the law prof who was banned from SUNY Buffalo Law’s campus for allegedly violating its workplace violence policy and then sued the former dean for defamation? A judge has recommended that the case be dismissed. [Buffalo News]

    * Biglaw attorneys are descending upon the 21st annual Conference of the Parties (COP 21), because after all, they’ll be able to entertain clients with tales about the legalities of renewables to cut greenhouse gas emissions. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Law school admins are confident the number of applicants will increase, and while fee waivers still abound, pre-law students are expecting the cycle to be “competitive.” A pulse AND the ability to sign loan docs will now be required. [Daily Pennsylvanian]

    63 Comments / / Dec 4, 2015 at 8:59 AM
  • student-loan-debt

    Law Schools, Student Loans

    Elite Law School Dean Says Grads Don’t Need To Worry About Debt If They’re Willing To Be Poor

    Are graduates of top law schools more likely to escape their debts?

    31 Comments / / Dec 3, 2015 at 11:47 AM
  • resume girl

    Law Schools

    Setting Up A Successful Exam-Taking Strategy: 3 Tips For Test Preparation

    Are you scared? Good! Because if you are, then you are taking final exams seriously.

    39 Comments / / Dec 2, 2015 at 2:32 PM
  • StudentLoanDebtMoneyPile

    Law Schools, Sponsored Content, Student Loans

    So You’ve Started On Your Way To A Career In Law…

    It’s not just how much debt you take on — the kind of debt you take on can also have a big impact on the cost of law school.

    / Dec 1, 2015 at 3:52 PM
  • frustrated studying

    Law Schools

    Truths About Final Exam Time

    Once you accept these truths, the easier it will be to come to terms with studying and relaxing after finals.

    / Dec 1, 2015 at 12:31 PM
  • Jabba

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 12.01.15

    * It seems that Dentons didn’t have its fill after fattening itself up with a Luxembourg firm over Thanksgiving, so now the megafirm is considering feasting upon two Latin American firms — Cárdenas & Cárdenas and López Velarde Heftye y Soria — for its dessert. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Election 2016 is a year away, but it’s easy to see the makeup of the Supreme Court will continue to be an issue for presidential candidates, especially since both parties know “[w]e are one justice away” from a liberal or conservative majority. [MSNBC]

    * Dean Martha Minow says Harvard Law will create a committee to investigate whether the school’s shield should be changed due to its ties to a cruel slaveowner. Send your comments, questions, and complaints to royall@law.harvard.edu. [Harvard Law Today]

    * Robert Lewis Dear, the alleged gunman behind the Colorado Planned Parenthood shootings, is expected to be charged with first-degree murder next week. It’s not yet been disclosed whether he’ll be charged with federal domestic terrorism. [Los Angeles Times]

    * This turkey won’t be pardoned: The Thanksgiving Day White House fence-jumper who draped an American flag over the fence while gripping a U.S. Constitution pocket guide in his teeth was criminally charged after ruining the Obamas holiday. [WSJ Law Blog]

    17 Comments / / Dec 1, 2015 at 8:56 AM
  • Police line

    Law Schools, Violence

    Top Law School Closed Today Due To Threat Of Violence

    Looks like law students at one T14 school are getting an extra day of vacation… except it isn’t for a reason anyone would wish.

    56 Comments / / Nov 30, 2015 at 11:07 AM
  • The latest recruit to join Dentons' army of lawyers.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.30.15

    * While you were feasting upon turkey this Thanksgiving, Dentons — otherwise known as the largest Biglaw behemoth in the world — was busy gobbling up yet another law firm. The megafirm will combine with 33-lawyer OPF Partners out of Luxembourg. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * According to a survey from AlixPartners, over the past 12 months, GCs have reported more “bet the company” lawsuits compared to last year. Don’t get too excited, though, because growth in litigation spend hasn’t quite caught up yet. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * You really can do anything with a law degree — including things that have absolutely nothing to do with the law! Patrick Hobbs, dean emeritus of Seton Hall Law, has been tapped to become the athletics director at Rutgers University. [NJ Advance Media]

    * What would happen if one of the largest publicly traded plaintiffs firms in the world went under? Ever since its stock price plummeted by 52 percent, industry analysts have started to wonder whether Slater & Gordon is on the verge of collapse. [ABC News]

    * In the wake of the defacement of black faculty portraits and the administration’s apparent “ongoing failure” to address racism on campus, Harvard Law alumni are being asked to stop making donations to the school until changes are made. [Boston Globe]

    * One of 92-year-old Sumner Redstone’s exes filed a probate suit questioning his mental competence and ability to run Viacom and CBS. His attorney from entertainment law powerhouse Loeb & Loeb essentially called her client’s ex a gold digger. [CNBC]

    48 Comments / / Nov 30, 2015 at 9:04 AM
  • ABA-legaleducation-vert-black

    American Bar Association / ABA, Bar Exams, Law Schools

    The ABA Must Enforce Its Non-Exploitation Standard

    If the ABA waits too long to act, we will end up with yet another group of students in 2016 being set up to fail.

    11 Comments / / Nov 25, 2015 at 2:39 PM
  • Judge Richard Posner

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.25.15

    * Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit completely obliterated a Wisconsin law that required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Posner said any health benefits conferred by the law were “nonexistent.” [Reuters]

    * Judge Richard Sullivan (S.D.N.Y.) wasn’t a fan of the Bank of China essentially telling Gucci to “suck it up” when it came to “ridiculous” delays in providing counterfeiters’ records, so he held the bank in contempt and is considering assessing millions of dollars in fines. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A Pennsylvania attorney activist who launched the “Kane is not Able” campaign has asked the state’s highest court to provide clarification on how AG Kathleen Kane should delegate her duties considering the fact she has a suspended law license. [PennLive.com]

    * A proposed class-action suit has been filed against fashion company Kate Spade over its alleged “imaginary discount prices.” If this goes the way of the $4.88M Michael Kors settlement over the same issue, then Kate Spade could be in trouble. [Consumerist]

    * “Talk about being uprooted!” Vendors who sell wares outside of Brooklyn Law are pissed about the school’s plans to install planters on the sidewalks around the building, thereby kicking the vendors not to the curb, but out onto the street. [Brooklyn Paper]

    29 Comments / / Nov 25, 2015 at 8:58 AM
  • David Perla LF Bloomberg BNA

    Bloomberg, Job Searches, Law Schools, Technology

    How To Start A (Career) Revolution

    For those with an appetite for risk, there is limitless potential within the practice of law, according to columnist David Perla.

    / Nov 24, 2015 at 2:01 PM
  • arrowgoingdownRF

    Bar Exams, Law Schools

    Law Schools Are To Blame For Dizzying Drops In Bar Exam Passage Rates

    How could bar exam passage rates possibly remain the same when law schools have loosened their admissions criteria?

    21 Comments / / Nov 24, 2015 at 1:02 PM
  • books

    Law Professors, Law Schools

    Law Prof Sues Law School Over Admissions Data

    What would cause a law professor to sue the school he’s working for?

    51 Comments / / Nov 23, 2015 at 3:15 PM
  • sad prof RF

    Law Professors, Law Schools

    Amid Stark Enrollment Decline, Law School Offers Buyouts To All Tenured Faculty

    Which law school may soon have fewer tenured professors?

    32 Comments / / Nov 23, 2015 at 12:37 PM
  • student-loan-debt

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.23.15

    * Will it ever be easier to meet the challenge of proving you’ve got an undue hardship so you can discharge your law school student loan debts in bankruptcy? Your fate may rest in the hands of this indebted Florida Coastal Law grad and his petition for certiorari at the Supreme Court. [US Law Week Blog / Bloomberg]

    * Hate crimes still happen, even at this prestigious law school: Amid increased racial turbulence on campus, the Harvard University Police Department is now investigating the defacing of black law professors’ portraits as a hate crime. [ABC News]

    * UVA Law recently joined the minority of law schools that have women serving as dean. Pop your collars with pride, because legal historian Risa Goluboff will take over as the school’s first female dean this July. Congratulations! [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

    * Gordon Rees has settled its lawsuit against Alex Rodriguez over the baseball player’s outstanding legal bills, totaling more than $380,000. The terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, but we have a feeling that the firm hit it out of the park. [NBC New York]

    * Try before you buy or a bid to increase tourism? Alaska is making bold moves now that it’s legalized marijuana for recreational use. It’ll be the first state to allow the social use of the drug “in public,” i.e., inside pot dispensaries that have yet to open. [Cannabist]

    48 Comments / / Nov 23, 2015 at 8:54 AM