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Student Voices: Learning to Code in Law School

By Harrison Lebov I thought law school was strictly textbooks and case briefs, until I took a January intercession course called "Coding and the Law." “Coding and the Law” was like no other course I had ever taken in law school. Class time was predominantly spent in the school’s computer lab, or on our personal [...]

March 25th, 2016|General, Student Voices|

Legal Writing Matters: The Best Oral Arguments Aren’t Perfect, They’re Real

By Heidi K. Brown As oral arguments approach, many 1Ls experience anxiety toward this “rite-of-passage.” For introverted students or others who prefer thinking and writing before speaking, the pressure for spontaneous verbal exchange is daunting. Some students assume that reticence toward this assignment indicates they are not cut out for the law. Not true! Quiet [...]

February 29th, 2016|Legal Writing Matters|

Student Voices: Getting a Good Result for My Client in the Health Law Clinic

By Timothy R. Shannon The highlight of my time as a student attorney in the Health Law Clinic was helping to secure insurance coverage—and retroactive payments—for my client, who is in long-term recovery from opioid dependency. My client lost coverage for his much-needed methadone maintenance treatment when his employer switched insurers. This abrupt loss of [...]

February 25th, 2016|General, Student Voices|

Legal Writing Matters: Bridging the Gap between Substance and Skill

By Abigail Perdue So often I hear first-year law students admit to allocating less time to Legal Writing because it “matters less” than other “substantive” courses. Nothing could be further from the truth. After all, Legal Writing is a substantive course. “Substantive” is defined as “possessing substance, having practical importance, value, or effect.” Doesn’t Legal [...]

December 25th, 2015|Legal Writing Matters|

Legal Writing Matters: Get Ready For Hyperlinks in Legal Briefs and Memos

By Ellie Margolis Since most legal documents are created and read electronically, lawyers are starting to incorporate hyperlinks directly into their memos and briefs. The most common use of hyperlinks is for citations to legal authority, though a document could also contain hyperlinks to many other sources, including the factual record and non-legal sources of [...]

November 25th, 2015|Legal Writing Matters|

Student Voices: My Summer Associate Job Investigating Police Brutality

By Nicole Navi The summer after my first year in law school, I worked on a case in which a teenager was brutally beaten by police—and the whole event was captured on video. I had read about police brutality and even watched similar videos showing these events. Little did I know what a [...]

June 7th, 2015|Student Voices|