Tag Archive: law school life

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Logical Reasonings / 11.7.11

A) The final report in the University of Illinois School of Law admissions scandal was released. Former dean of admissions Paul Pless is soooo grounded. Daily Illini.

B) Enough with this LSAT nonsense. How about a lottery to determine who goes to law school? Inside Vandy.

C) Here’s an idea that might actually work: Reform law schools to make students better prepared for today’s legal environment. If that doesn’t work, fine. Just go with the lottery. Washington Post.

D) Humanities majors catch a lot of slack, but don’t forget: They often score the highest on the LSAT. Gustavian Weekly.

E) There’s the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and then there’s the Lightweight Small Arms Technologies (LSAT) program. The latter makes guns, but the first one’s still cooler. Military.

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Logical Reasonings / 11.4.11

A) What’s ahead in the world of legal education? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. (Did I do that right?) Law School Review.

B) A victim of of spousal abuse has been ordered to pay her ex-husband/attacker $1,000 a month and $47,000 of his legal fees. Future lawyers, this is what they call in the biz “a loophole.” Yahoo! News.

C) People realize zombies are completely fictional, right? Apparently not this law school dropout. Above the Law.

D) Stories of people finding out they’re siblings are always a heartwarming read. When they find out they’re brother and sister five years into a relationship, the day before their wedding, and with a baby on the way, it suddenly isn’t. Daily Mail.

E) Remember earlier this week when it was Halloween? Let’s revisit it with Jimmy Kimmel. YouTube.

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Logical Reasonings / 11.2.11

A) If you’re going to law school, get ready for some professors utilizing the Socratic method. The question is, how effective can that method be? Discuss amongst yourselves. Inside Hired.

B) Here’s some logical reasoning for you: If there are more female faculty members at a law school, there will be more female law students at said school. (Apparently this one’s accurate.) National Law Journal.

C) Here it is. The truth about what law school is really like. You know…in case you’re tired of hearing it from us. Chicago Now.

D) A woman alleges that Justin Bieber is the father of her child. No word yet on if it’s a boy or a girl. Same for the baby. Yahoo!.

E) Things ’bout to get cute all up on your computer screen. Odd Stuff Magazine.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.21.11

A) Northwestern University adjunct professor Steven J. Harper has some harsh words for the American Bar Association (and law students). Am Law Daily.

B) Did you use or plan to use Access Group to pay for law school loans? Well, they’re going out of the business. National Law Journal.

C) For our millions of high school readers, here’s one student’s story about a sweet summer program called Legal Outreach. Huffington Post.

D) Good news future lawyers: Once you get some experience, the job market ain’t so bleak. Wall Street Journal.

E) Rapper MC Hammer recently announced he is starting his own search engine. Apparently he was tired of getting the answer “Nothing” when typing “What’s MC Hammer doing these days?” into Ask Jeeves. Washington Post.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.10.11

A) Like life, law school is all about networking. You never know what you’re gonna get. (Wait. That doesn’t make sense.) Lawyerist.

B) Meet the person in charge of reversing the University of Illinois School of Law’s image. Daily Illini.

C) What can law firms learn from the movie Moneyball? (Besides that Jonah Hill is turning dramatic on all of us.) American Lawyer.

D) Tired of hearing about Occupy Wall Street? Too bad. Here’s the whole situation from a legal perspective. Wall Street Journal.

E) Happy Columbus Day! Here’s a gift: The 10 stupidest American holidays. Gawker.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.7.11

A) Every question you’ve ever had about law school, answered by someone besides us. Virginia Law Weekly.

B) Another law school is in trouble: New England Law Boston. Somehow it seems like Bill Belichick is responsible. Boston.com.

C) There were plenty of law school grads who made Forbes’ 400 richest Americans list. “Guy who updates Most Strongly Supported” was, suprisingly, not listed. Above the Law.

D) Steve Jobs inspired a lot of people. What can those in the legal profession take away from his life? ABA Journal.

E) Might be a little late to this party, but this is outstanding: Scared Bros at a Haunted House. BuzzFeed.

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Pre-Law at the Movies: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Whether your university has a pre-law program or not, you’ve likely wondered what actually goes down at law school — especially if you’re reading this blog. Perhaps you’ve even watched a work of completely ridiculous fiction movie or two about law school. If that’s the case, your pre-law school education has gotten off to a less than auspicious start.

Take The Paper Chase, for example. If you’ve had the distinct misfortune of viewing this particular work of cinematic schlock, then you’re no doubt well acquainted with Professor Kingsfield. A tyrant of the lecture hall, the old prof is enough to make any pre-law student quiver in their (now necessary) Depends.

Then there’s Professor Cromwell in the pre-law favorite Legally Blonde.

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Love, Liquor and Lockers: A Law School Discussion

As the October LSAT approaches, you’ve no doubt spent some of your increasingly rare spare time daydreaming about what law school is going to be like. How much reading do I actually have to do? Are professors really as mean as the guy in the The Paper Chase? Will I develop an uncontrollable addiction to caffeine?

In my experience, the answers are (respectively): “Lots,” “No” and “Probably.”

These questions are law school discussion standard. I’m here to relate some less-standard information. In this law school discussion, I’ll let you know just how law school life compares to life at your previous educational institutions:

Law School Discussion Topic #1: Lockers

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Logical Reasonings / 9.8.11

A) Earlier today, Alex Davis blogged about life in law school. Here’s three more tips about how not to screw up while you’re there. Lawyerist.

B) Ever click “I Agree” without thinking? Of course you do. We all do. But is whatever you’re agreeing to legally binding? Law.com.

C) There’s been a lot of talk about lack of job opportunities for law school grads. Nobody told South Dakota. Wall Street Journal.

D) Workers who were fired for commenting about work on Facebook win case against employer and can return to the workplace — the awkward, awkward workplace. Forbes.

E) Suggested listening for this hilarious gallery of perfectly-timed photographs: “Freeze Frame” by the J. Geils Band. BuzzFeed.

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Ways to Save During Law School

If you’re considering attending law school or have recently embarked upon your 1L year, the specter of cost has no doubt reared its ugly head. Yes kids, a legal education is expensive (as any graduate education can be). It’s only natural that you’d be looking for ways to save a buck or two (or several thousand). That’s where this post comes in.

There are two things which you will likely find yourself short of during law school: time and money. In some ways, a shortage of the former can lead to a shortage of the latter. Don’t have time to take the bus to school? Have to spend money on gas and a parking permit? Don’t have time to cook? Have to eat fast food?

What’s a law student to do?