Dear 1Ls, not everyone is out to get you. But here is what to do when they are.  Via Above the Law.

From a non-dean.  Via Above the Law.

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.