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March 27, 2005

Ten Minute Mentor

For interesting tips on the actual practice of law, the Texas Bar offers the Ten Minute Mentor, a series of short instructional presentations on various legal topics, such as conducting voir dire or conflicts checking. The presentations are recorded audio enhanced w/slides for a multimedia effect, and they're organized into 25categories—from ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) to Wills/Trusts/Probate. This could be a great resource for 0Ls trying to figure out what lawyers actually do (and whether they'd like to do it, too), for law students learning these subjects in class, and, of course, for the practitioners for whom the presentations were designed. Hats off to the Texas Bar for making these things free and publicly available to all. Link via the new BlawgCast.com, part of the also very helpful Tech Law Advisor family of websites.

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Landmark Supreme Court Cases

New groupblawg Objective Justice points to Landmark Supreme Court Cases, which claims to offer “one-stop shopping for activities related to key Supreme Court cases and concepts mandated by state standards.” The site is a product of Street Law and the Supreme Court Historical Society, which would suggest it's geared for people teaching these cases and concepts to junior high and high school students, as well as adults outside of law school. However, that doesn't make the materials any less useful for law students. For example, hypothetically speaking, if you were supposed to be prepared to talk about Mapp v. Ohio tomorrow but didn't have time to actually read the case, the materials at Landmark Supreme Court Cases might be really really helpful. ;-) Objective Justice is collecting bits of information like this so check back there regularly for more helpful study tips along with discussion of legal, political, and other issues.

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March 25, 2005

First Day of Law School Tutorial

Also via JD2B comes the Southern Methodist University Dedman Law School First Day of Law School Tutorial which claims to be “designed to help prospective law students understand how the Socratic method of instruction used in US law schools differs from the method of instruction used in most US undergraduate education or legal education outside the US.” This tutorial looks interesting, and possibly worth an hour or two of your time if you're starting law school this fall. It shows you cases and sample briefs for those cases, which is definitely helpful. It also tries to tell you what a professor is thinking when she asks a certain question and helps you find the “right” answer she's looking for. As JD2B noted, it's all a little bizarre, but law school is bizarre, and this is free, so, um, why not?

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Guide to Law School Admissions:

A lot of people have just finished (or are in the process of finishing) the law school admissions process, but if you're just thinking about it or just getting started, this new book may be for you. The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions: Straight Advice on Essays, Resumes, Interviews, and More promises to help you answer questions such as: If you've read this book and can offer any assessment of it, please share. [link via JD2B]

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March 24, 2005

Request: Help with 2L Scheduling

Law student “Stare Decisis” writes:
I'm seeking advice on schedule planning for the second year. Specifically, how to choose classes: based on the bar, based on what you think you want to practice, based on time the class is offered, based on whether there is an exam, based on the professor teaching, etc. I'm curious whether anyone has advice based on what worked or didn't work for them.
If you have any suggestions, please post them in the comments! My two cents: As a rule of thumb, worry less about “bar classes” and instead take classes based on your own interests and the area of law in which you think you'll practice. Your bar review course (if you plan to take one, and who doesn't?) will prepare you for the bar; try to use law school to prepare you for your career in law. I also highly recommend clinics, even and especially as a 2L, because they give you experience you won't get in any other class and provide a nice break from the tone and routine of regular classes. If you wait to try a clinic until your 3rd year you won't have time to build on that experience in law school, but if you do a clinic in your 2nd year and love it, you can make your 3rd year that much more fun and interesting by taking the same clinic again or by taking another clinic, or by working an externship where you use your clinic skills. Talk to current 2Ls and 3Ls at your school! Talk especially to those you know who have gotten jobs you think you'd like or are pursuing careers in areas of law you think you'll want to work in. Ask them about the classes they've taken and the professors that are good in those subjects. Their advice will be more specific and informed than anything you'll get from anyone else, plus they might offer you their outlines, which never hurts. Finally, remember that you are the one who has to do the reading, attend the classes, take the notes, make the outlines, and take the exam or write the paper, so take your own interests seriously. Other people can offer advice and rules of thumb, but you should make your own decisions about what classes to take.

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March 20, 2005

How to Become A Law Prof

Professor Kerr also recently collected links to some of the recent discussion about how to become a law professor. [link via JD2B] And since I don't see these links mentioned in that collection, see also “Something is rank here, all right,” and “More on law professors” at Preaching to the Perverted. Dave provides some balance to the typical law-prof rhetoric.

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Classic Legal Texts Online

Professor Kerr at the Volokh Conspiracy recently noted that several classic legal texts are available online for your enjoyment, including: My first-year law professors mentioned each of these texts at least once and recommended them as background reading. Of course, I didn't have time in the middle of my first year of law school for anything like “background reading,” but these are some titles you might add to your 0L summer reading list, or consider looking at over a break in school sometime.

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March 09, 2005

1L BigLaw Interviewing

WonL offers a detailed account of her recent interview at a BigFirm as she attempts to land a job for her first law school summer. Check it out for tips on preparation (along with links to research sources), as well as an inside look at the process.

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March 04, 2005

Law School Can Be Different

Georgetown 1L Scoplaw writes in to follow up on his introduction to section 3, the “alternative” first year law school curriculum at Georgetown: Introducing Law School Can Be Different, the Section 3 website. The site has an unofficial history of the section, a chat board, and some interesting historical documents. Eventually the students behind the site would like to pull in other alternative curriculums and create a kind of clearing house of information for alternative first year programs. Can you help? Join the discussion or start adding pages (appropriately, the site is a wiki, which means anyone can edit its pages). Have you ever thought law school wasn't all it should or could be? Would you like to make law school better for future generations of students and for the good of society? (Assuming that better lawyers can somehow improve society.) If so, you should really check it out.

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March 03, 2005

Pros and Cons of LSAT Prep:

An anonymous reader wrote in to submit three interestsing posts on the pros and cons of lsat prep: Anyone else? Any thoughts from peopel who did take prep courses? Was it worth it to you?

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