Tag Archive: legal life

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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.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.14.11

A) A message to law schools: Don’t make the U.S. Department of Education angry. You won’t like them when they’re angry. National Law Journal.

B) What’s another million? The University of Baltimore School of Law’s budget just got a big ol’ boost. ABA Journal.

C) And New York Law School intends to fight against a group of graduates who are suing the school. (But it would really help it out of a jam if the case was dismissed.) Reuters.

D) Read this in your best excited Oprah voice: “STUDENT LOAN INFO GRAPHIC!” Above the Law.

E) It may be a while before Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. In the meantime, may I present Kitty vs. Hair Dryer. Huffington Post.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.13.11

A) How many of you had the nightmare before the LSAT that you were told you couldn’t take the exam because one of your photo IDs was unacceptable? Well, it happened to a dude. The Review.

B) Do the grads who are suing their law schools have something in common with the Occupiers on Wall Street? Only one way to find out. Click this blue thing. National Review Online.

C) One of those 15 law schools that could be facing a law suit for deceptive job placement data is in Florida. See how they’re dealing with that and the humidity. First Coast News.

D) Bad news for Raj Rajaratnam. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison for insider trading. Good news? He gets to be in the Guiness Book of World Records for longest sentence for insider trading. Wall Street Journal.

E) A baby confuses a magazine for an iPad. Just like they did in the Old West. BuzzFeed.

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Logical Reasonings / 10.12.11

A) Here’s a thorough look at the law school landscape from the executive director of the nonprofit Law School Transparency. New York Post.

B) Get your stuff together, law schools. You might soon be getting score-audited. ABA Journal.

C) Don’t tell Above the Law we used a New York Post article for the first Logical Reasoning. Above the Law.

D) What do you know — another censure. Oh, this time it’s a person and not a law school? Tell us more. Lawyerist.

E) If you intended to make a blog about the smallest, most unnecessary patches of grass in your neighborhood, someone beat you to it. Sorry. Microlawns.

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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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Lights, Camera, Alex: No One’s Greater than Spader

If any of you live with or know someone whose profession is one oft-featured on television or in film (lawyer, doctor, etc.) then you are surely well acquainted with the incessant, “That’s not how it happens in real life!” bellyaching.

Well I hope you like it, because here comes some more!

As part of reading this post, I’m going to ask you to drink in one minute and forty-four seconds of Boston Legal, courtesy of this performance by James Spader:

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Logical Reasonings / 9.21.11

A) Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School announced they will launch a dual-law degree program. Dinner and reception to follow. MLive.

B) One of the contestants on this season of Survivor is a Harvard Law student. Unfortunately, Mark Zuckerberg has already stolen his idea. Above the Law.

C) The University of Maryland School of Law lands another large donation, promises not to spend it all on crab cakes. National Law Journal.

D) A lawyer in Illinois has been told by an appeals court to knock it off with his legal writings full of “gibberish” — including a 345-word sentence. Sounds like someone finally finished reading Infinite Jest. ABA Journal.

E) Finally! Someone has figured out what that heat wave over the summer was all about. The Onion.


When You Get to Law School, DON’T Hang Out with Law Students

Guest poster Alex Davis talks about his experiences as a law student at UCLA.

It’s no secret that law school (and your first year in particular) is a black hole for free time, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the advent of Lolcats. If you’ve gotten all your applications in (and you should have by now), you’re perilously close to flushing all your waking hours into the stygian abyss known affectionately as “1L year.”

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Debate: Are Law Students Well Prepared for the Job Market?

Our friends Carolyn Wise and Brian Dalton at Vault.com had an interesting (if unintentional) debate this week about the preparedness of law school grads for the legal job market. We’ve re-posted with their permission.

Carolyn Wise:

Law students took a beating in a recent Chicago Lawyer roundtable of law school deans. It should come as no surprise that, because of the economy, students and soon-to-be graduates are having a ton of trouble finding legal jobs. To help, schools have started reaching out and looking into how to make their students better employees and, by extension, better candidates.

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Law School Debt and the American Dream

I’m currently about 14k in the hole with student loans, which isn’t too bad, as far as such things go. It sucks to have to drop $200 every month, but I’m pretty sure there are about a billion people in China who don’t really give a crap, if you feel me. It’s like a really small albatross lightly gripping my neck.
If you go to law school, and you don’t get some financial aid, you can reasonably expect to graduate with about ten times that debt. It’s a scary thought, mildly assuaged by the idea that you’ll have access to a higher-salaried job market then the rest of us plebes. But still, I understand that it’s a little scary.