Category Archive: Legal Life

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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.

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Hey, you can’t say that!

Alright, kiddos. Today we’re gonna do something a little different. We’ve been running a regular series on different areas of legal practice such as cyber law and space law. Since many of our beloved readers are aspiring lawyers, this can be helpful.

But there are areas of law big enough for their own professions, and then there are corners of the law that are interesting in their own right, but that don’t really rise to the level of an area of practice like entertainment law or animal rights law.

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Immigration Law and You

Continuing our weekly series on lesser-known areas of the law, I’ll be dedicating this post to immigration law. I’ve been peripherally familiar with immigration law for quite some time. When I was in high school, I participated in team policy debate (yes, I was a nerd even back then). Not to brag or anything, but I’m a national champion (in a homeschool debate league, see above regarding nerdiness), and the topic during my winning year was reforming our immigration policy.