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Posted by Heather O'Connor
03/12/2010 at 02:44 PM
I remember when I started law school there was all this talk about study groups. Topics discussed were how to start one, how to organize your time during the study group, what to do if you’re not all your members aren’t on the same page, etc. I don’t really remember the issue coming up of whether or not you should even join a study group. It just seemed to be how you study in law school and what you should do. I watched as other students formed their study groups and began plunging into the typical law school study format. However, I did not feel as though a study group was for me. There...
Posted by Peter Eraca
03/12/2010 at 10:27 AM
As you may be aware, all 1Ls take a "legal methods" courts, essentially it is legal research and writing. The project for the spring semester is an appellate brief on some topic the LM faculty thinks up and gives us. The worst part about it is, it is the gatekeeper between you and spring break. Many students will stress for weeks on it, others won’t start even researching until the 11th hour. Now, my advice on the LM stuff, don’t wait to start, you’ll be sorry. It is virtually impossible, in my opinion, to churn out a "good" brief in 12 hours, beginning from scratch with no research done...
Posted by David Logan
03/12/2010 at 10:23 AM
A big part of success in law school, as in life, comes from the support and advice of others.  At RWU Law we recognize the importance of mentorship in guiding students and helping them learn about not just success stories, but also strategies for overcoming obstacles, understanding strengths, and making smart decisions.  Students find mentors in lots of places.  For many, the most influential mentors are not people who were assigned as part of a program.  Rather, they are folks who take the time to ask the right questions and serve as a sounding board.  That...
Posted by Peter Eraca
03/12/2010 at 10:12 AM
One of the biggest selling points of RW Law for me was the recreation center. It is at the doorstep of the law building, how much more convenient can that be? Before enrolling here, I would spend 3-4 day per week at the gym back home (I won’t plug which one), AND the college I worked for had a pool which helped my love of swimming (I swam competitively in high school). Therefore, some ability for me to get a work out in during the day was a large component of selecting a place I wanted to spend the subsequent 3 years of my life. Many law students will use the gym, particularly because it is...
Posted by Library Blog
03/10/2010 at 01:00 AM
In addition to the weekly email to the law students that contains highlights from the Bureau of National Affairs U.S. Law Week covering the activities of the U.S. Supreme Court, devotees of the Court might want to check out the SCOTUSblog.  This blog offers comprehensive reporting of the U.S. Supreme Court’s current term activities.  The SCOTUSblog provides opinions and orders, commentary and analysis, new filings, petitions to watch, and term tracker. The SCOTUSblog’s sister site, SCOTUSwiki, is a source for links to briefs and documents, analysis that originally appeared on...
Posted by Library Blog
03/10/2010 at 01:00 AM
For those looking to be their own boss, the Law Library offers a variety of publications for you to consult.  These books are located in the Law Library’s Career Collection and can be checked out for three weeks.  How to Start & Build a Law Practice by Jay Foonberg (KF300 .F66 2004) provides the basics on selecting a location for your office and equipping as well as obtaining clients and setting fees. Flying Solo: a Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer by William Gibson (KF300 .F58 2005) contains contributions by practitioners offering solutions to various problems...
Posted by David Logan
03/08/2010 at 01:00 AM
Two of the junior members of our terrific faculty learned last week that they had been awarded tenure pursuant to a unanimous vote of the Law Faculty, the Dean, the Board of Directors, and the University President, Dr. Roy J. Nirschel.  Courtney Cahill is a national expert in the complex issues surrounding same sexuality and the law, using her skills as a close reader of texts, honed at Princeton, where she earned her PhD in Comparative Literature. Courtney was a stellar student at Yale Law School, where she served as Chief Essays Editor for the Yale Law Journal, and after graduation...
Posted by Library Blog
03/04/2010 at 01:00 AM
There are numerous blogs authored by law professors and others in legal education (e.g. academic support) from across the United States. The Justia.com Blawg Directory contains links to approximately two hundred law professor blogs. What do law professors blog about?  Law professors blog about their area of teaching and scholarly research.  They blog about controversial court cases and legal personalities.  Their blogs contain analysis and commentary on issues and developments in the law.  Some professors even delve into issues in legal education such as writing and...
Posted by David Logan
03/03/2010 at 01:00 AM
Last week, our own Professor Peter Margulies – a widely acknowledged expert on laws governing torture, terrorism and other cutting-edge fields of central relevance in today’s volatile political climate – was interviewed by the National Law Journal, featured in a podcast for SCOTUSblog, and appeared on a panel at the Georgetown Law School discussing a fascinating terror case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case in question is Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, argued last Tuesday, Feb. 23, which asks the court to consider whether several key terms in the federal laws...
Posted by Peter Eraca
02/26/2010 at 12:47 PM
Yes, you heard that correctly. Every 1L in the country takes a course on property. It covers a variety of areas, and I need to say one of the areas I really enjoy is Estates and Future Interests. Now, while that doesn’t matter much to you yet, and frankly, if you’re already thinking about "getting ahead" in your course work, take a step back and enjoy your time before coming to law school. Anyway, from what I’ve been told, and what I’ve seen, students either love this topic or hate it. If you have a thing for history, language, or words you will probably enjoy it. One of the things I enjoy...