You may have already seen this, but it was new to me. In 2010-2011 Harvard Law School and New York Law School hosted a year-long contest of ideas respecting legal education called "Future Ed". One of the results was the book Educating the Digital Lawyer edited by Marc Lauritsen and Oliver Goodenough. The book explores the question "What will legal education look like as we train our graduates to be effective lawyers in the digital world of the 21st Century?"
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What if a law society created an articling task force that canvassed the view of stakeholders over the course of many months, prepared an interim report, then a final report and then asked for a vote.
One would think that a vote would then take place, no?
Today the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Bencher debate was hijacked by a group of Benchers who – wait for it – wanted even more time to study the issues and seek stakeholder input.
The climate of fear in Convocation was palpable as a number of Benchers seemed completely unprepared to vote . . . [more]
The second #lawstudent #twtmoot competition will take place November 20, #twtmoot organizer @WCELaw recently announced. Participating #lawschool teams will again #twtmoot an #envlaw question, addressing before the #STCC (Supreme Twitter Court of Canada) the question of a public right to a healthy global atmosphere. West Coast Environmental Law was successful last time in raising awareness not only of the #twtmoot event, which trended in #Canada at the time, but also of #envlaw issues—the focus the environmental #lawfirm brings to the event. Last time around—just this past February—#Osgoode was the #winning team. I could be #biased, but I seem . . . [more]
♫ And I could change the world
I could be the sunlight in your universe…♫
The University of Victoria has been asking law students about the technology that they use for the last 12 years. The latest survey, released in September this year, makes for interesting reading. They had a 90+% response rate, which is astounding in and of itself and indicates the depth of the information revealed in their survey.
Their Executive Summary is a nice recap of their results: . . . [more]
If a brilliant legal treatise is composed by an academic but nobody reads it, does it really matter?
A study last year by Mark Bauerlein looked at books and essays in English literature at several public American universities, and found the vast majority attracted very little attention from other academics. Other research suggests that up to half of university library holdings are never used. There's no reason to believe that these patterns in library use are any different in the legal field.
Of course despite my initial premise I do believe in the inherent worth of even obscure legal research that may . . . [more]
This week, it was (on campus interview) OCI week at Western University Law School with law firms recruiting for summer jobs in 2013. For those who don’t know, students who don’t get a summer job are less likely to get an articling position, and those who don’t get an articling job are unable to practice. Not to put too fine a point on it but, 13% of students in Ontario last year did not get articling jobs. So the pressure on students can be immense.
Some students missed my class due to this time-honoured rite of passage that was only . . . [more]
Normally, I am loath to repeat a post here at Slaw but seeing as how this is the first week of Law Skool I feel like this is an appropriate one to repeat for all of the 1Ls out there whose heads are, in all likelihood, spinning right now following their first four days as a law student.
Orientation week is drawing to a close. 2L and 3L classes have begun with 1L to begin on Monday. To all 1Ls, here is my advice. I know that not all who have experienced law school will agree with these and that's . . . [more]
It's halfway through the first week of the new academic term and time for me to revisit my summer projects list. Regretfully, I report I was less successful in checking off completed projects than was Shaunna Mireau in checking off her substantial writing project.
As it turns out, I check off as complete my "standard mundane tasks" and "institutional projects"—so, hooray, me!
On the flipside, the institutional projects consumed most of my available summer hours. By way of either prescience or a well-planned rationalization, though, I had prefaced my project list with this:
Summer rarely seems to offer the
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Working in Academia, the day after Labour Day always feels far more like New Year's Day to me than Jan 1. That being the case the Friday before Labour Day weekend is like New Year's Eve and my tradition for academic New Year's Eve is to take a look at the incoming class of law students to see what their mindset is and try to figure out how to relate to them (I dropped my Dragnet reference with regards to legal writing
"just the facts" years ago, which was a shame because I really liked that one). One of the . . . [more]
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario complaint by Dr. Emily Carasco of Windsor Law recently settled after five days of hearing. Background on the case can be found on Slaw here.
Law students are increasingly frustrated with the utility of legal education during a difficult economic market. As Cooley law school graduates realized recently, their lack of foresight over job prospects may not be compensable by law.
But still law students and prospective law student are still trying to figure out what the purpose of law school is supposed to be. Law schools insist that the philosophical underpinnings of law are an essential background for entering practice, arguably one of the several distinguishing characteristics from paralegals or other professionals working in the legal field.
Michael Plaxton discusses this question in a . . . [more]