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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.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.15.12

A) A rookie in the NFL is quitting football so that he can go to law school. It makes more sense when you find out he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. Yahoo! Sports.

B) Did Texas lethally inject an innocent man in 1989? Guilty, says one Columbia Law professor. Huffington Post.

C) When tweeting about your crummy job, remember that your higher-ups might read it and fire you. If you are the higher-up tweeting about your crummy job, you probably deserve to get canned. Wall Street Journal.

D) According to a recent poll, half of Americans think Facebook is a fad. The other half said they believe the site will be around forever, so if you could spare any FarmVille resources, that would be great. Caller.

E) If these horses could type, they’d type FML. BuzzFeed.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.11.12

A) Jennifer Hudson’s former brother-in-law was found guilty in the murder of the singer’s mother, brother and nephew. CNN.

B) It’s finals week at several law schools. Everyone keep your cool. You too, law professors. Above the Law.

C) The world’s deadliest frog is getting its own conservation so that it can repopulate and kill us all. The Chattanoogan.

D) If you’re one of the few remaining people who think the Mayans predicted the end of the world, just…just stop. USA Today.

E) Get in the Mother’s Day spirit by watching these awesome Mother’s Day surprise visits caught on camera. Huffington Post.

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Logical Reasonings / 5.10.12

A) Looks like law school grads in Canada are having a tough time finding jobs, too. But they’re all so gosh-darn nice! CBC.

B) Just when you start to worry about the law school landscape, a Loyola law professor says now’s the best time to go. Above the Law.

C) Twitter takes a stand (or at least gives stands a #FF). CNN.

D) A Russian weather satellite has snapped the highest resolution photograph of Earth ever. It’s pretty cool. Gizmodo.

E) This Mother’s Day, give your mom something she’ll really enjoy. Like a scented pancake necklace. Huffington Post.

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Logical Reasonings / 1.19.12

A) Let’s catch up with those Yale Law professors who think schools should refund any graduates struggling to find legal jobs. (Hopefully they pay for lunch.) Yale Daily News.

B) A law school professor has an argument with a former student during a trial, does not threaten to show everyone a photo of the time he came to class wearing bunny slippers. Inquirer News.

C) Save the date: At a meeting in March, the American Bar Association is set to seriously consider requiring law schools to disclose more job placement data. Reuters.

D) For the first time since 1994, part-time legal jobs dropped last year. Plus, tips were terrible. Wall Street Journal.

E) There’s something so heartwarming about a dog having fun. Go ahead a preheat your heart before checking this video out. YouTube.

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Logical Reasonings / 12.21.11

A) Even law school readings won’t prepare you to review 65 million documents for one case. Above the Law.

B) Correlation and causation get confused again, this time in the realm of marriage. Shine.

C) Lincoln Memorial University’s new law school is still struggling to get ABA approval.
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D) A former law professor supports jury nullification — at least in cases concerning marijuana. ABA Journal.

E) Seventeen movies to get excited for in 2012 (Breaking Dawn Part 2 unfortunately didn’t make the cut). The Atlantic.