Tag Archive: law professor

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What the Heck’s Going on at Oregon Law School?

If there’s a golden rule for the internet, it’s that you don’t tweet, post, or email anything that you wouldn’t want made public. Law professor Robert Illig, it seems, did not get the memo on that.

Illig, an associate law professor at the University of Oregon, made headlines last week when his email diatribes to his fellow faculty members were leaked to online news outlets. In a nutshell, Illig was furious about a proposed initiative to cancel faculty raises — i.e., his raise — and divert the money to a job placement fellowship program for recent graduates. So furious was Illig that he wrote not one, but two nasty emails. Illig had some choice words for his colleagues and administrators:

No wonder we’ve become a third-tier law school. Who’s going to want to come here to study or teach in this kind of poisonous atmosphere? . . . Is this some kind of faculty version of white-man’s guilt?

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Logical Reasonings / 4.17.14

A) An email gone viral is causing serious headaches at the University of Oregon Law School. ABA Journal.

B) The inventor of Bitcoin might very well be an ex-law professor. Crazy to think he’d walk away from all that Bittenure. Above the Law.

C) If you’ve “liked” Cheerios on Facebook, you can’t sue Cheerios. Dislike! New York Times.

D) John Edwards is back! (In a courtroom, working as a lawyer.) Slate.

E) There hasn’t been much good news out of Russia lately. But that’s only because the media there doesn’t hang out around fire stations. Digg.

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Misconceptions About Applying to Law School as a Veteran

Happy Veterans Day to those of you who have spent time in the military. We here at Blueprint LSAT Prep cannot thank you enough for your service and dedication to keeping the rest of us safe. We have nothing but respect for you and the work you do.

It’s a small thing we can do here on the LSAT blog, but we’d like to take this opportunity to provide advice to those servicemen and women who will pursue a career in the legal field after their time in the military.

So let’s clear up some misconceptions about which I’ve been asked:

1) “My service might say something about my personal politics, so I should downplay that.”

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Other TV Shows for Law School Professors to Use in Class

Law students rejoice! There is now a distinct possibility that you could be watching quite possibly the best television crime drama of all time as a homework assignment.

That’s right, a professor at William & Mary Law has been using The Wire to teach Criminal Law. According to the professor, the show is useful as a teaching tool because, unlike most crime drama, it approaches the constitutional and societal issues of crime from a realistic perspective. Are there other shows that share The Wire’s realism? Not so much. That said, there are still other shows that could be of use in the law school context.

Let’s start with any courtroom drama ever. Take any permutation of Law and Order, for example. What happens in those shows?

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3 Common Law School Myths Debunked

Anyone who has considered going to law school has almost certainly heard any number of awful things about the law school experience. I’ve got news for you: most of what you’ve heard is false. Need further proof? Check out the list of law school myths below:

Law School Myth I: You will have angry, pedantic professors who cleave to the Socratic method

I suspect this myth is born mostly of ages-old horror stories and people who have seen The Paper Chase one too many times. People imagine an old, white professor leering at a room full of law students, continuously peppering them with questions until he finds one they can’t answer. While you may run into a professor who believes strongly in the Socratic method, your law professors want to help you understand law. They don’t want it to appear mysterious and difficult.

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Belated Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the LSAT Student’s Dad

While Father’s Day is in the rearview, it’s never too late to do something nice for Dad. If you’re an LSAT student, you’ve given Dad a set off worries beyond that of the average offspring. What might the father of an LSAT student like for Father’s Day? Let’s have a look:

LSAT Student Father’s Day Gift Idea I: Law School Tuition

If you’re like most LSAT students, you’re going to run to Pops, hat in hand, asking for help paying for law school (and probably Mom too). And who could blame you? Law school ain’t cheap. Wouldn’t it be grand if Dad could just win the lottery and throw all that worry out the window? Law school tuition for Dad is like a husband buying his wife lingerie. Sure, it’s technically a gift for the wife, but it’s really a gift for the husband.

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Should the Socratic Method Stay in Law School? Discuss

The Harvard Crimson, amongst others, has recently sought to once again cast doubt upon the utility of the Socratic method in law school. Among the reasons for this doubt is the fact that the Socratic method seems to decrease female participation in class. While this may be the case, I agreed with Above the Law that the Socratic Method can be intimidating across the board and that focusing on gender seems misguided at best.

Cold-calling and putting students on the spot with difficult follow-up questions is not a wholly ineffective means of legal training. For those who plan to pursue trial or appellate work, thinking on one’s feet in the face of authority can be a valuable skill. If it is a professor’s aim to hone this skill in class, then by all means continue on with the Socratic method.

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Logical Reasonings / 7.27.12

A) Tough cookies, says judge overseeing the lawsuit against Cooley Law School. ABA Journal.

B) The photo accompanying this story may be NSFW, but that’s because it’s a story about a law professor exchanging sex for good grades. Above the Law.

C) Among those who were involved in transporting this year’s Olympic torch: lawyers. Lowering the Bar.

D) You will tweet when Joe Biden wants you to tweet. Politico.

E) I just met you. And this is crazy. But here’s a Star Wars cover of that Carley Rae Jepsen song. So watch it maybe. YouTube.

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Logical Reasonings / 6.5.12

A) A job ad promising $10,000 a year to Boston Law School students. Really Gilbert & O’Bryan, really? Business Insider.

B) A law professor at Washington University has some ideas on how to make law school affordable. The New York Times.

C) Bartlit Beck has turned the typical law firm structure upside down. Why doesn’t the competition follow their lead? ABA Journal.

D) We think Groupon may be kicking themselves for not taking Google’s deal in 2010. Huffington Post.

E) Pinterest is under attack… Women, unite! College Humor.

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Logical Reasonings / 6.1.12

A) Everyone chill. A law professor at Washington University has figured out how to make law schools affordable. New York Times.

B) Ten years ago, total outstanding student loans were at $241 billion and today they’re at $904 billion. Boy, I really hope the proposal in A takes. Daily Finance.

C) Turns out the John Edwards trial was doomed from the start, even without flirty jurors and a forgetful judge. Yahoo! News.

D) Your vote counts (on Facebook’s new privacy policies). Huffington Post.

E) Don’t have OCD? You do now. BuzzFeed.