Tag Archive: Legal Jobs

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Judicial Clerkships: The What, The Why, And The How

A clerkship is a great opportunity for a lot of writing experience, training, and connections. Most clerks go on to work in litigation, whether in private practice or in government. However, it’s not wholly unusual for corporate or transactional attorneys to clerk, especially if that means clerking for a Delaware chancellor.

If you at all think you’d like to clerk, set up an appointment with your law school’s clerkship office and soak up as much info as you can about the application process. Your clerkship office will be your best resource.


Happy 5th of July!

I — as well as everyone else who doesn’t work for/with Satan — was reveling in the Independence Day spirit yesterday. Hence, no 4th of July blog post. However, now that it’s 5th of July and we’re back at school/work (meh), it’s time to contemplate the meaning of our proto-Brexit 240 years ago. Since this is a blog aimed largely at future lawyers, an exploration of the Constitution and the practice of Constitutional Law is germane.


International Law: Brexit and You

America is obviously the greatest country in the world, but with all that Brexit stuff in the news recently, you may have had reason to take a break from all that hamburger-eating and eagle-wresting to find out what’s going on in the rest of the world. If all of those goings-on have piqued your interest in international law, it’s your lucky day, because we’re going to delve into the details.


How to nail down a lawyer job before loans come due

The ABA recently released statistics showing which law schools have the highest percentage of unemployed recent graduates. Now, ideally, you’ll score well on the LSAT and have more secure options available to you than any of those schools (I’m not trying to be dismissive of any of the listed institutions…but your odds of getting a return on investment are higher betting $150,000 on a singly hand of blackjack…and that won’t take 3 years of your life). Putting the option of getting a higher LSAT score aside, this post is going to focus on the best ways to maximize your chances of getting a job while you’re actually in law school.

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Faaaaaaaaabulous: Fashion Law and You

Until recently, I didn’t know there was such as thing as fashion law. But it makes sense — what else would the fashion police enforce?

Fashion law is in fact real. There’s even a Fashion Law Project at Loyola Law School in (where else) LA. It’s only logical, since the fashion business intersects with the law in many ways.

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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.