Lawprofblawg has not endorsed a candidate.  Until now.  Eric Segall and I together believe that someone (near) the bench would be a good candidate.  Via Above the Law.

I’ve been thinking about workplace bullying lately.  There is a lot of potential for those of use with power to abuse it, and make life miserable for others.

Take 1:  Workplace bullying, via Above the Law.

Take 2:  E-mail bullying, via Above the Law.

I was also sent a nice email mentioning this interesting report about bullying in academia in Canada.

This is a story of a remarkable law school, a remarkable student body, and my invitation to visit there.  It is also the story of why screens are imperfect, why rankings don’t tell the whole picture, and why those things sometimes distort the real things that matter.  Via Above the Law.

The neat thing about faculty meetings is the chance to see the people around the law school you very rarely see.  All in the same room.  Thus, it is vitally important you embrace these rare opportunities and be happy about them.  Or so I’m told.  But beyond all else, it is important to recognize how we really haven’t gotten too far from the animal kingdom.

Let’s start off with the greeting.  Usually the Dean gives a greeting and a report.


After the Dean’s report, usually you’ll see some rare senior faculty members, frequently walking in late to demonstrate their importance.


The junior faculty will hang out in the back and look cool.


As debate about something or another begins, some of your colleagues will see things in black and white terms.


But no one will talk about the elephant in the room.  However, the elephants WILL remember back in 1950 when the law school last attempted whatever will be voted upon.


The zoo can even help you understand some unruly behavior at faculty meetings.


Sometimes faculty can even be envious of other faculty.  Or in the colloquial “jelly.”


With a little patience and understanding, you’ll be able to see the behavior of your colleagues as primal.  You’re welcome.


My rant about CLEs.  Via Above the Law.

When law students freak out during exam review, it can be rough.  Via Above the Law.

Being a law professor isn’t all about you.  Check your ego.


Beginning of Law School advice: 

A 1L preparation guide here.

Starting your summer before law school?  Read here.

Should You Use A Laptop?   The debate parameters are here.

What courses should you take after your first year of law school?  Answer is here.

Avoiding drama in law school.  Advice here.

Nothing to fear, not even fear itself.  Avoiding the fear advice here.

More advice for 1Ls: Tips for Scheduling.

Conquering fear in law school.  Tips here.

Read the syllabus!  Here’s why.


Once you’ve settled in:

Missing a class?  Absence excuse form (humor).  Form here.

Recovering during Spring Break?  Advice here.

Keeping your humanity, and your sanity.  Advice here.

What are your law professors thinking?  Insight here.

‘Tis the season to chill out and focus.  Advice here.

Troubleshooting:  FAQ from 1Ls.  Answers here.


On final exams and grades:

Didn’t ace your finals?  Advice here.

Basic truths about final exam time.  Advice here.

9 mistakes you may have made on your final.

On grading of your law exams.  Some insight here.




Me (singing in shower): You write 16 tons/and what do you get/another day older and…

Knock knock knock knock.

 Me: Goodness, something must be urgent. Hang on! Getting dressed.

(Lawprofblawg opens door)

Prof 1: Hi, I’m Prof 1, I am a labor law professor. Actually, just wanted to point out that the original lyrics were 16 tons, because the song involves coal mining operations and company stores located on…..

Me: Thanks. (slams door).

Knock knock knock knock.

(Lawprofblawg opens door)

Prof 2: Hi, I’m a privacy expert at University of Prestige. I heard you were singing in the shower. Did you know my work in Harvard Law Review suggests a strong causal relationship between shower singing and password hacking at resort hotels?

Me: Thanks. (slams door).

Knock knock knock knock.

(Lawprofblawg opens door)

Prof 3: Hi, the privacy law expert was telling everyone that you were singing loudly in your shower and everyone could hear. As a copyright expert…..

Me: Thanks. (slams door).

Knock knock knock knock. 

(Lawprofblawg opens door)

Housekeeping: Good morning! Housekeeping.

Me: Thank God.


There’s always one in the crowd.  At least.


The Lawprof of the Night (sung to: Music of the Night, Phantom of the Opera)

Night time sharpens, heightens each discussion

Alcohol flows, increases each professor’s percussion

Quite loudly the senses are barraged with inebriated defenses

Of arguments shot down in broad daylight


Slowly, gently, night unfurls some liquor

Professors grasp it, mix it, tomorrow’s head will be tender

Turn your face away from the panels of midday

Turn your thoughts to my conversation bright

Turn your thoughts to the lawprof of the night.


Close your mind and never surrender to their arguments

Purge thoughts of all logic from before

Listen closely to my inebriated argument soar!!!

And you’ll see how brilliant I am…and more.


Loudly, deftly, let my argument caress you

Open up your mind, let your hope of escaping unwind

In the darkness which you know you cannot fight

The darkness of the lawprof of the night.


Let your mind start a journey to my awesome world

Leave all thoughts that you’re argument is as good alone

Let your soul take you to my philosophy

Only then can you worship me


Floating, falling, sweet intoxication

Talking over another, savour the libations

Let the dream begin, let your darker side give in

To the power of the articles I write

The power of the lawprof of the night


You alone can make my articles have cites

Tell me how awesome I am, the lawprof of the night