Tag Archive: law professors

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Logical Reasonings / 8.18.14

Rick Perry was indicted for corruption. What the what?! CNBC

…but law professors say the indictment is bogus. Oh. Above The Law

If you’re feeling too good about the state of the human race, read this timeline of the events in Ferguson, MO. Wall Street Journal

The English Premiere League warned fans not to post soccer GIFs. Or, in soccer parlance, GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIFs. Ars Technica

The collected works of people who don’t understand The Onion. This is somehow my greatest dream and my worst nightmare brought to life. Literally Unbelievable

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University of Arizona’s BA in Law: Good or Bad Idea?

The University of Arizona just became the first American university to offer a Bachelors of Arts degree in law. The catch? If you want to be, you know, an actual lawyer, you’ll have to go to law school anyway and get your J.D.

The undergraduate law major will involve classes in law, taught by real-life law professors. Much of the curriculum will resemble what’s normally taken in the first year of law school, though the Socratic method won’t be used quite so much.

The University of Arizona claims to be aiming the undergraduate law major at students looking to work in fields for which legal expertise is helpful but a law degree is not required. We’ll see whether the degree actually helps recent grads get jobs in these fields, but I can’t imagine it would look worse than your typical, say, humanities major on a résumé.

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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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Logical Reasonings / 2.25.14

A) This just in from Harvard Law School: you should take a finance class. The Harvard Crimson.

B) Law professors get no respect. Wall Street Journal.

C) Major League Baseball’s new rule against home plate collisions reads like legal jargon. Prawfs Blog.

D) Arizona Governor Jan Brewer isn’t rushing to sign her state’s controversial new anti-gay bill, but she’s not rushing to throw it away, either. ABC News.

E) The epitome of hipster is here: facial hair transplants. DNAinfo.

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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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Logical Reasonings / 10.29.13

A) Lawyers in Australia want law schools to change, too. Lawyers Weekly.

B) Law school professors are a superstitious bunch, at least when it comes to getting a $666 raise. Above the Law.

C) Courtrooms everywhere are tacking the Fourth Amendment. ABA Journal.

D) You can’t just rub any pregnant woman’s belly — especially anyone who went to law school. CNN.

E) Your jack o’lantern isn’t as good as you think it is. Colossal.

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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.