Category Archive: Legal Life

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Graduate sues Thomas Jefferson School of Law: Is this the new normal?

I believe in the market. People generally know what they want and how much it’s worth to them. Or they should. So it’s buyer beware. But around the time of the Financial Crisis—give or take a few years—the market for legal education was dysfunctional, and some think it’s still so.

The main issue was that schools, from the prominent to the struggling, were fudging their employment statistics and costs of attendance. Common tactics included lumping part-time, non-legal jobs, and law school funded jobs into a school’s employment rate, and leaving off living costs during winter and summer break. That’s misleading when attending law school could cost students $100,000 a year, including cost of living. Part-time non-legal jobs ain’t gonna cut it.

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Thomas speaks!

My boy Clarence Thomas has been a little cray-cray during the last ten years. He just stopped talking, kind of like Tommy. Many believe he became the puppet of former-Justice Antonin Scalia. (By the way, potential conspiracy alert). But this has all changed. We are now pouring one out for Scalia, and Thomas is back. And he is inspiring everyone to buy guns.

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Buy low, sue high.

Increasingly in the United States, there is a trend toward third-party litigation financing — in other words, allowing a non-participant in a lawsuit to “buy shares” in a plaintiff’s case. In return for this investment, the company or individual will receive a portion of any settlement or award. Before you read further, does this strike you as a good idea? Well…

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IP, you P, we all P for IP!

Once you get to law school, there are certain things you’re supposed to know: that you won’t get to make or eat delicious tortes in Torts, Bar Review and Bar Review are two entirely different things (one is fun, the other is not; one involves a weekly downing of drinks, the other involves two miserable months trying to pass the bar exam), and IP Law is not some sort of juvenile joke but actually stands for something.

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The hills are alive with the sound of music law.

The law and music intersect in lots of ways, and I’m not just talking about the Clash song. There’s everything from contract law, which applies to, well, contracts, to the health and safety issues that pertain to live performances. But in today’s world, there are a lot of interesting issues relating to music and intellectual property law, and to royalty payments in particular.

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Law school ain’t just for lawyers.

As you trudge along towards your February LSAT date, I bet I know exactly what’s keeping you going. Keeping you motivated. Fortifying your lawyerly resolve. You know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel – the light of a late-night desk lamp as you scramble to decipher the Erie Doctrine on the eve of your first year exams.

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Trust Issues? Try Antitrust!

Antitrust law might not sound as sexy as space law but it might be very attractive to many of you. Antitrust law is the law of competition. Essentially, the purpose of antitrust law is to ensure that firms are competing against each other and not colluding in a way that hurts competition and ultimately consumers.

A lot of law students get disappointed by how formalistic legal reasoning can be. For example, in patent law, to figure out if something can be patented you have to decide if it’s, say, a “process” but not an “abstract idea,” but if it is “it adds significantly more to the abstract idea.”

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Public Interest Law, Explained

Public interest law happens all over the place. From giant law firms, to charities, to government organizations, to NGOs all over the world. Public interest attorneys fight for death row inmates, research animals, victims of domestic violence, asylum seekers, gun rights, gun control, women’s issues, religious issues, and much more. Basically, it seems like it’s really easy to find something you’re interested in and then do it for the public interest.

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The Intersection of Fantasy Football and Practicing Law

Continuing our series on relatively obscure areas of law, this post is going to focus on gambling law—specifically, the laws related to daily fantasy sports leagues. This topic has been in the news a lot fairly recently, and it has led to some high-profile class actions. Also, choosing this topic gave me a relatively easy way to mention the fact that I’m in the playoffs of both of my fantasy leagues. Yup, I’m kind of a big deal.