Monday, June 30, 2008

U.S. News Considers Two "Fixes" to Law School Rankings

Bob Morse of the U.S. News & World Report posts that U.S. News is considering two changes to the rankings. One change is aimed at preventing law schools from "gaming" the rankings by admitting students with low LSAT scores into the part-time program. The other would change the way bar passage rate is calculated. The latter change would help mostly California schools. You can comment on the proposed changes.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Summer and Casual Dress for Professional Women

Allison Shields has an interesting post about the evolving standards of professional and casual dress for women at the Legal Ease Blog.

From the Stark County Law Library Blog.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Alltop & LexMonitor

Carolyn Elefant on Legal Blog Watch describes two tools (Alltop - Law and LexMonitor) to monitor legal blogs that do not rely on newsreaders such as Bloglines or Google Reader.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Successful Strategies From Top Litigators

National Law Journal's 2008 Winning special report identifies the top "winning" lawyers in the country. Nominees for the honor had to "have at least one significant win within the past 18 months, and a history of noteworthy wins during the past several years."

Northwestern 2-Year Law School Year

This is the obligatory post about Northwestern University law school's decision to create a two-year option for a law degree. The "legal blogosphere" has been buzzing about this for a few days. The WSJ Law Blog correctly identifies the $42,672 question.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

What Federal JudgesThink About Lawyers' Writing

Georgetown Legal Writing Professor Kristen K. Robbins-Tiscione has written an article that discusses a survey of federal judges who were questioned about lawyers' writing skills. "Only fifty-six percent of the judges surveyed said that lawyers 'always' or 'usually' make their client's best arguments." That can't be good.

From CM Law Library Blog.

Roundup of Advice for Summer and Permanent Associates

Carolyn Elefant at the Legal Blog Watch links to some good advice for law firm associates.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Intelligence Community Legal Reference Book

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has released the Intelligence Community Legal Reference Book. This book was published in 2007, but has just been released to the general public. It includes legislation, procedures, and guidelines related to intelligence and national security. All documents in the book are unclassified.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Free Speech Rights in Canada

The WSJ Law Blog has an interesting post about some recent free speech developments in Canada. The post, among other things, is dicussing this recent New York Times article.

SSRN Professor Rankings

The blogs have been buzzing about this New York Times article that talks about how professors can track their "popularity" by looking at the number of times their articles are downloaded. I'm skeptical that professors actually care about this very much, but I suppose everyone likes to know that people are interested in their work.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Most Dangerous Web Domains

The second annual report from the computer security company McAfee identifies the safest and most dangerous domains for users seeking to avoid spyware, viruses, and other unwanted software. This riskiest top level domain this year is ".hk" (Hong Kong); number two is ".cn" (China).

From the Law Librarian Blog.

Professionalism Is Everything

What the Summer Associate Needs to Know - an interesting article from Thomas J. Coyne in the National Law Journal (via

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Best Products of 2008

PC World's list of the Top 100 Products of 2008 is out. Everyone likes lists.

From Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Free Citators

Wisblawg has a nice review of two free citators. Bottom line:
When I say citator, most people think of Shepards or KeyCite. Be warned: the citators in AltLaw and PreCYdent aren't in the same league as the two giants. But, hey, they're free and free is good - in some cases anyway.