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…

How to Pay for Your Law Degree 2008-10

I’m pleased to announce the third edition of How to Pay for Your Law Degree [Amazon Affiliate link], a book of financial aid opportunities for law students published by my mom. I contributed a foreword. This book has gotten better…

Teaching Cyberlaw Article

[Cross-posted to the Technology & Marketing Law Blog] As part of the recent St. Louis University Law Journal’s issue on Teaching Intellectual Property Law, I published a short article entitled “Teaching Cyberlaw.” The abstract: “Over the past dozen years, Cyberlaw…

David Lander: “Are Adjuncts a Benefit or a Detriment?”

David Lander, Are Adjuncts a Benefit or a Detriment?, 33 U. Dayton L. Rev. 285 (2008). This article looks at the pros and cons of staffing a course with an adjunct vs. full-time faculty and some ways to get the…

Law School Proliferation

The legal education industry is facing a potentially significant expansion of supply. As Leigh Jones at the NLJ reports, up to 10 different universities are investigating adding new law schools. Some of the potential new entrants include: * Wilkes University,…