Tag Archive: legal life

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The Best and Worst Supreme Court Cases of 2012

2012 is coming to a close, which means another year of Supreme Court cases has come and gone. There were ups, there were downs, and there were some head-scratchers. And, since the editorial overlords here at Most Strongly Supported think my law degree qualifies me to write on this topic*, here I am.

Without a doubt, the two biggest SCOTUS cases of 2012 involved the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and Arizona’s crazy immigration laws (seriously, if the United States was the cast of It’s Always Sunny, Arizona would be Charlie Kelly).

National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius

I think a few of the lawsuits were actually filed before Obama even signed the PPACA into law.

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Ask a Law Grad: Would You Go to Law School Again?

If you frequent law blogs (and who doesn’t?), you may have come across this article. Without going into too much detail, the gist of the survey covered in the article is that the vast majority of people (roughly 80 percent) who attended law school would do so again. As I am a law school graduate who has passed the bar exam and has chosen not to practice, you may have asked yourself, “Would Alex do it all again?”

Believe me, it’s not a question I’ve been able to escape. There is no shortage of friends, relatives or associates who ask me what the hell I’m doing with my legal education. Despite the constant pestering, I do not regret obtaining a law degree in the least.

Just because I discovered during law school that my true passions lay elsewhere does not mean that law school was a waste of time.

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Book Review: The Law School Decision Game

It’s been a long time since we’ve done a book review on Most Strongly Supported. Too long, in fact.

So let’s get back on the wagon with a look at The Law School Decision Game: A Playbook for Prospective Lawyers, written by LawSchoolExpert.com head honcho and Most Strongly Supported pal Ann Levine, Esq. The book is a follow-up to her bestseller, The Law School Admissions Game, which got rave reviews.

The legal world today is treacherous, and Levine doesn’t shy away from being direct about it. In fact, Levine is blunt (and refreshingly so) about most of the information she presents in the book. Due to the inevitable debt and an unstable job market, Levine says as early as the introduction that entering law school is as risky as ever.

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Top 3 Legal TV Shows I Didn’t Watch in 2011

When I was contemplating how to write a post on legal TV shows, something dawned on me: Aside from delightful Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler-filled SVU re-runs, I don’t really watch legal TV shows. Cops shows? Sure. I live to see what cheesy one-liner will end the opening scene of CSI:Miami. You know, the one Horatio will say right before you hear this. Sitcoms? No prob. Nothing and no one brings me quite the same joy that Ron Swanson can. But legal TV shows have never really scratched any of my itches (aside from a brief tryst I had with The Practice back in high school). That said, I did some digging and found a few legal TV shows that both you and I might want to give a shot in the New Year (assuming they get/got renewed).

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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 / 10.27.11

A) Looks like Penn State Law’s taking a “Hey, it’s better than nothing” approach to finding employment for its graduates. Above the Law.

B) A new poll shows paying off student loans is the top concern among prospective law students. Concern number two? Whether or not it’s true you eat spiders in your sleep. ABA Journal.

C) Wait. Here’s an idea: Why not find a law job outside the United States? Yeah, that makes sense. Wrong! Reuters.

D) Well, there’s one less sleazeball lawyer out there. The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended Blago’s license to practice law. Chicago Sun-Times.

E) That sound you hear is thousands of people changing their desktop picture to one of these amazing nature photos. BuzzFeed.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.26.11

A) What does law school have to do with climate change? Don’t ask Al Gore. Ask this blog. Lawyers, Guns and Money.

B) Students are actually taking into consideration that law schools may not be truthful. Well, at least these couple of examples. USA Today.

C) The ABA Journal is looking for a lawyer superhero. Heed the call! ABA Journal.

D) Really looking forward to the Law and Order episode inspired by this gripping court case: A Virgina woman was found not guilty of failing to pick up her dog’s crap. Yahoo! News.

E) An 87-year-old man was caught with $2.9 million worth of cocaine. Not a bad retirement plan (if you don’t get caught). BroBible.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.18.11

A) The American Bar Association really wants those LSAT scores. Wall Street Journal.

B) Case in point the popular concern that there might be a wee too many law schools: Phoenix Law. Above the Law.

C) Yale Law receives $3 million gift. Merry Halloween! National Law Journal.

D) You wouldn’t Tase a pregnant women, would you? Somebody did. Oh. Em. Gee. Lawyerist.

E) Coming soon to an abandoned mall parking lot in the middle of the night and then for like a week in the 1950s and then in a couple years from now and then in an Old West near you: an electric DeLorean. Your Houston News.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.17.11

A) Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. Three law students examine their futures. (Okay, we’ll need roads.) Red and Blank.

B) Here’s the Cliffs Notes version of why some law schools are under fire. Next up: The story in tweet form. Money Watch.

C) And some more grim news for law grads. (Happy Monday!) Above the Law.

D) Finally, some good news — at least for those interested in a career in patent law. Wall Street Journal.

E) Yep, this is awesome and a must-see: Teenage Mutant Ninja Noses. Buzz Feed.