Self-Publishing A Legal Casebook: An Ebook Success Story (Forbes Cross-Post)

I co-authored a casebook on Advertising and Marketing Law with Prof. Rebecca Tushnet of Georgetown Law. Last July, we self-published the casebook as an ebook via Scribd and Gumroad. Drawing on the past 14 months of data, this post explains…

Pursuing a Career in Advertising Law

This post discusses how law students might pursue a career in advertising law. Immediately after law school, the two most likely advertising law job options are: 1) a position at a private law firm that has an advertising law department….

Note to Law Students: A Way to Jumpstart Your Job Search

The New York Times has a nice feature on Joshua Fisher, a Minnesota Law 3L who runs “dodgerdivorce.com,” which tracks every detail in the messy divorce between the owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Through his blog coverage, Fisher has…

How to Win a Legal Writing Competition in 3 Surprisingly Easy Steps

I have been an organizer and grader for a number of writing competitions over the years. Collectively, I’ve reviewed dozens of writing competition submissions, some good, most not so good. This post provides you with a three-step protocol for legal…

Life as an AALS Section Chair

In 2009, I had the privilege of serving as the chair of the AALS Law & Computers section. Doing so was quite an honor, and I was flattered to be asked. Although I’m glad I had the experience, perhaps it’s…

Offering Students a Graded Wiki Option—My Experiences, and Some Lessons

Last semester in Cyberspace Law, I gave students the option to write a wiki entry for a portion of their grade. I was inspired to offer this option based on my dystopian assessments of Wikipedia’s labor model. In my paper,…

David Lat Talk Recap

David Lat, the famous and talented blogger from Above the Law, gave a lunchtime talk today at Santa Clara Law entitled “The End of the World as You Know It: Reflections on the Future of the Legal World.” (The talk…

Wisconsin Diploma Privilege Ruling Comments–Wiesmueller v. Kosobucki

Today, the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion in Wiesmueller v. Kosobucki, written by Judge Posner. This lawsuit is a class-action challenge to Wisconsin’s diploma privilege, which allows graduates of UW Madison and Marquette to become lawyers in Wisconsin without taking…

Clemson/US News Ranking Recap

Last week, a Clemson administrator, Catherine Watt, made a presentation about Clemson’s obsessive focus on improving its US News rankings, which seemingly drives every aspect of Clemson’s decision-making. Some of Clemson’s ranking-driven decisions may not be especially controversial and may…

Flexibility of JD Overstated

Leigh Jones from the National Law Journal writes: Law schools and placement professionals frequently tout the versatility of a law degree as a path to alternative careers. But even in good economic times, the advantage of a juris doctor degree…