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Old Pictures: "A New Picture."

In late 1980, I bought my first SLR camera. I was living in Greenwich Village, in my last year of law school, and pregnant. I wanted a camera for all the many baby pictures that would need to be taken, but in the interim, I took photographs of things that interested me, especially the interestingly messed up walls in the Village and SoHo. Show More Summary

On Flip-Flopping

Some of it is calculated: But some of it is subconscious, as Eric Posner explains: To investigate the role of motivated reasoning in the sort of institutional flip-flops that politicians and judges engage in, Harvard Law School professor Cass Sunstein and I conducted a series of surveys. In one, we asked people whether President Bush […]

Most major California school districts pledge to reduce suspensions

The state's landmark school finance law has prompted most major California school districts to pledge to reduce student suspensions, hire more counselors and use positive alternatives to deal with misbehavior, according to a study released Wednesday.

SSRN Tax Faculty Rankings

SSRN has updated its monthly rankings of 750 American and international law school faculties and 3,000 law professors by (among other things) the number of paper downloads from the SSRN database. Here is the new list (through January 1, 2015) of the Top 25 U.S. Tax Professors in two of...

All Coloradans May Get Pot Tax Refund

Colorado's marijuana experiment was designed to raise revenue for the state and its schools, but a state law may put some of the tax money directly into residents' pockets, causing quite a headache for lawmakers. The state constitution limits how much tax money the state can take in before it...

Dean Asks Students to Stop Sexually Harassing Female Law Professor

In things that are absolutely the worst but should surprise no one because we live in a sexist society, a law school dean had to send out a strongly worded email to students reminding them that judging an instructor on their sexiness is not part of the approved student evaluation criteria. Read more...

When A Full Ride Is Half-Empty

Even with "free" law school, some bills still need to get paid.

10 Things Lawyers, Law Students Can Do on a Snow Day

Well, it's "Snowmageddon" on the East Coast as a nor'easter batters much of the region with high winds and heavy snowfall. Though blizzard warnings have now been lifted for New York and New Jersey, according to CNN, many schools and offices throughout New England are closed. For many people, it's......


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: Cutbacks Are Looming for Law School Income-Based Repayment Programs. I certainly would not borrow money for law school — or any education — in the expectation that the income-based repayment plans will be there later. They are likely to run out of other people’s money.

Cutbacks Are Looming for Law School Income-Based Repayment Programs

Following up on this morning's post, NY Times: Has IBR Solved the Student Loan Crisis?: New York Times, A Quiet Revolution in Helping Lift the Burden of Student Debt: The change in college financing has a potentially serious drawback when it comes to college pricing. Income-based repayment programs in Australia...

Renowned Scholar Jim Salzman to Join UCLA Law, UCSB Bren School Faculties

I am thrilled to share the news that  Jim Salzman is moving west to join the faculties of the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara and  UCLA School of Law.  Jim is  currently the Samuel Mordecai Professor at Duke Law School and Nicholas Institute Professor at Duke’s School of the Environment  but is moving  this summer to become […]

The Dumbest Thing A Prospective Law Student Can Do

Aspiring law students will do the stupidest things to convince law schools to love them.

Sabbatical Visitorship: Columbia Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality Law

The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School invites applications for a sabbatical visitor for the 2015-2016 academic year to undertake research, writing and collaboration with Center faculty and students in ways that span traditional academic disciplines. … Continue reading ?

Why Law School Is A Waste Of Money Unless You Get In To A Top School

Should you go to law school? The average debt of a 2012 law school graduate (that took out at least one loan) was $84,600 for public school and $122,158 for private school. To determine if law school is a good investment for you, figure out where you will end up after graduation. Show More Summary


HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, LEGAL EDUCATION EDITION: CBS News: Are Law School Admission Standards Slipping? According to an analysis by Jerome Organ, a professor at the University of St. Thomas, 33 percent of law school entrants had median LSAT scores of 160 or higher in 2013, compared with 40.8 percent in 2010 (the LSAT is […]

Meet Ross, the Artificially Intelligent Attorney

by Angela Guess Brian Jackson of IT Business reports, “A group of University of Toronto students are taking Watson, IBM Corp.’s Jeopardy champion computing system, to law school. They’re also giving it a new name – meet Ross, the super intelligent attorney. Show More Summary

TaxProf Blog Weekend Roundup

Saturday: It Is Time to End Tenure at Age 70 Maine Governor Proposes Taxing Large Charities Houston Hosts Moot Court National Championship This Weekend The IRS Scandal, Day 625 Sunday: CBS News: Are Law School Admission Standards Slipping? Top 5 Tax Paper Downloads Bainbridge: Solve the Law School Crisis by...

Schools roundup

Illinois school district warns parents that in doing investigations under new cyber-bullying law it may require students to hand over their Facebook passwords [Vice Motherboard; earlier on "cyber-bullying"] Powerful, from Christina Hoff...Show More Summary

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