Tag Archive: law students

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Law Student Perspective: The Amanda Knox Trial

I first heard about Amanda Knox several years ago. I glanced over a few articles on the alleged murder, but I didn’t pay too much attention to the story. As time went on, I was confused because the trial never seemed to end—I would read about a conviction, then an acquittal, and so on. A few days ago, Italy’s highest court decided on the case (again) by acquitting Ms. Knox.

As a law student, I took a keener interest in the case this time around. I was especially interested in comparing and contrasting the differences between the American legal system and the Italian legal system. The more I read, the more grateful I am to be living under the law of the ol’ U.S. of A. rather than under the control of Italy’s legal system.

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Logical Reasonings / 3.5.15

A) It’s officially law school ranking season. Here are the top 10 schools for “Value and Quality of Education” and “Job Accessibility.” Make of that corporate-speak what you will. Above the Law

B) A new podcast for prospective and current law students shows what legal life is really like. US News and World Report

C) One of the T14 law schools has a new dean… Click to end the mystery. jdMission

D) The State Department is reviewing Hillary Clinton’s e-mails for public release. Let’s see how many times she used the word shitstorm. Wall Street Journal

E) Seth Meyers explains teen slang (and giggles). Vulture

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Law Student Perspective: Deflategate

Hey there, sports fans! Today’s post is dedicated to a topic that has dominated headlines and social media for the last week—Deflategate. You’ll get perspective from one law student (me) on fallacies and misinterpretations from the media, as well as the potential ramifications for the Patriots organization.

Before we go any further, there’s one pet peeve I feel compelled to address: this habit of adding “gate” to the end of any word associated with a scandal really needs to stop. Not only does it not make sense (Watergate was the actual name of the hotel where the Nixon scandal began—it wasn’t Watergate-gate), but it is also an unoriginal way for the media to sensationalize an issue without putting in any effort.

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Logical Reasonings / 12.3.14

ATL deconstructs a survey of prospective law students. (Deconstruct is a code word for “mocks.”) Above The Law

How to tackle the “Why X School” question on your law school applications. Girl’s Guide to Law School

The current state of law schools might reflect the dental school bubble in the 1980s. Slate

If you’ve ever wanted to see a pro football player live-tweet jury duty… well, you have weird wants. But here it is. Talking Points Memo

“Gangnam Style” just got more views than Youtube has the capability to count, which actually reveals a potentially fundamental problem in the way computers work. Way to go, Psy. Washington Post

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DIY: Spooky Law School Halloween Costumes

I’m halfway through my first semester at law school. I’m starting to think like a lawyer more and more. I look at every decision from both angles, and frankly it’s stressing me out…

I’m having a hard time deciding what I should be for Halloween.

How about a suit made entirely of statutes and cases? Get it? It’s a law suit! Or I could roll out a rug made of statutes and cases and walk on it everywhere I go. I’d be above the law!

Erm, okay. How about…

How about I get one of those toddler sized slides, oil it up, and tape it to myself? I’ll be that old stalwart legal argument: the slippery slope. I guess that could get a bit too messy; plus, I have a bad history with taping objects to my body (don’t ask).

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Logical Reasonings / 9.26.14

A Yale undergrad offers her thoughts on tomorrow’s (!) LSAT. Yale Daily News

Five reasons law school is hard. Only five? About.com

Good news for those of you are totally bonkers: a loose screw might actually help your law career. Above the Law

Here’s a Google Chrome add-on that could very well become essential for law students. Bestlaw

8 normal activities that become bone-chillingly weird with eye contact. College Humor

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LSAT Instructor: The Beginning Of Law School

I’ve been at Columbia Law School for just over three weeks. It’s been rough going. I’ve lost about 20 pounds off my bench press. The body can only take so much free pizza and booze.

Law school classes are in something less than a full swing. Columbia gently eases us in with a three-week class called Legal Methods. This is a pass-pass course; no one in the history of the school has failed Legal Methods. One brave 1L spent all of 5 minutes on her Legal Methods final. The professor gave her a stern talk (read: free lunch) and made her retake the exam.

She passed.

But some aren’t taking it easy. There have been rumors of a “gunner.”

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Logical Reasonings / 8.5.14

Alabama judge smacks down abortion ban. Not that you were ever going to Alabama, anyway. New York Times

Law students get in on intellectual property boom. Suck on that, bar exam. Wall Street Journal

Brits reject Government porn filter. Let’s get randy, baby. Forbes

LSAT Cribs: Entertainment lawyer sells $5.3 million pad. Above The Law

Life finds a way… to set Jeff Goldblum up for this awesome Jurassic Park wedding photo. Huffington Post

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Logical Reasonings / 7.31.14

A) Warning: You might fall in love with law school. Gawker.

B) Apprenticeships shmapprenticeships. Law school teaches you all you need to know. New York Times.

C) Don’t ever cheat a law student out of free pizza. Huffington Post.

D) Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is coming back for another season. Yahoo! News.

E) Brian has a confession to make: He didn’t really win the internet. Clickhole.