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Notes in Support of the Liberal Arts Law School

Here are a few ideas for how law schools that are not in the top ten (or not in the fifteen that are in the top ten) might respond to the structural forces bearing down on legal education. For those … Continue reading

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Book Review (and subtext)

The recent publication of  [.......] by Professor X marks a moment in the history of [.......].  It establishes him as one of the leading, if not the leading, authority on the subject of [.......]. Professor X works at Zip Code Law … Continue reading

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Tracking for Law Students: Solution or Abdication?

Professors, journalists, and, most saliently, students have raised national awareness about the steep rise in college and post-graduate tuitions over the last thirty years.  As someone who has a hard time remembering statistics, for me the easiest math on the … Continue reading

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The Monty Python Example No. 3 (Analytical Philosophy in Law)

Too much of it arguably reads like this: In The Concept of Law, H.L.A. Hart once said something.  This brilliant insight (BI) effectively corrected some fundamentally wrongheaded ways of thinking.   Yet upon closer examination, BI encompasses a number of different ideas … Continue reading

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The American Law School (Tentative Notes for Stages of Evolution)

Pedagogy Stage 1: Socratic Stage 2: Soft Socratic                       Stage 3: Lecture/Student-oriented Learning Stage 4: Consumer Preference Advancement Societies: Stage 1: Old Boys Club/Old School Tie Stage 2: Political/Intellectual Interest … Continue reading

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Law School Exam Last Minute Help

Random student (probably law) demonstrating how to study: First, of all, if you are a law student and still reading this post, you are in deep trouble.  In fact, you really don’t have time for this and should really go away.   If … Continue reading

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Law School Faculties and the Enneagram

Finally, the day came when Professor X retired. You and your friends on the faculty attended her goodbye party and smiled and clapped at appropriate moments. But inside, you whooped and hollered and sang a little song, something not quite … Continue reading

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David Segal’s Paper Chase and Some Musings on Legal Education

Legal education has changed a lot since its depiction in The Paper Chase, in which the imposing Professor Kingsfield grilled James T. Hart into “thinking like a lawyer.” But you could be forgiven for thinking that all law professors stalk around … Continue reading

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The Critique of Normativity

OK—this one is deep inside the academy (and destined for the most inaccessible corners of the Bat Cave).   A while back, I wrote “The Critique of Normativity.”   It had thee parts (all three of which are on my law school … Continue reading

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AALS Law School Hiring and Recruitment: How to Get a Job as a French Intellectual (The Interview)

Today, there is a great wealth of advice available to faculty candidates who wish to become law professors.  One of the little known avenues for becoming a law professor (much neglected in even the best existing literature) is to get … Continue reading

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Remembering Derrick Bell

Derrick Bell died last week at the age of 80.  Though his passing was overshadowed by the death of Steve Jobs, Bell’s achievements were recounted in the New York Times and elsewhere:  First African American law professor to be tenured … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about bats

Bats in various parts of the world, including North America, are at risk from a lethal fungus that is killing them in droves. Elizabeth Kolbert has written eloquently about this in The New Yorker.  We have not yet seen her or … Continue reading

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The Job Interview

Hiring season has arrived. Some law schools have already arranged for on-campus interviews of entry level candidates. Others have made their way through the applicant forms submitted through the American Association of Law Schools (the AALS FAR forms, in the … Continue reading

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