News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.

How to Think Like a Lawyer

In the latest edition of The National Jurist, there is a great article titled How Law School Teaches You to Think Like a Lawyer.  This one page article is a great quick read for law students.  Students often hear the phrase “law school teaches you to think like a lawyer” but aren’t necessarily shown how what they are learning is doing that.  This article does a great job in highlighting this while also giving the reader an idea of the areas they may need to work on to complete the metamorphosis from law student to lawyer.

Of particular interest to us at the Law Library is “the ability to locate the law” (number three in the article).  While most attorneys gain a high level of proficiency in one or a few areas of law, they still need to do research.  As such we always encourage our students to take advantage of our library staff and let us help you elevate your research game:  our research librarians staff the desk M-Th 9am-8pm and F 9am-6pm and can be reached in person, or via, phone, e-mail or chat.  Librarians are also available for more in depth Research Consultations by appointment.  For contact information on our Research Services, visit the Library’s “Ask Us” webpage and look under “Research Questions”.

Deans’ Leadership in Education Symposium Features Article by C|M|LAW Prof. Phyllis Crocker

Each year, the University of Toledo Law Review publishes its Deans’ Leadership in Legal Education Symposium. The twelfth annual issue has just come out, and it features an article by Prof. Phyllis Crocker entitled The Paradox of Being an Interim Dean: The Permanent Nature of a Transitory Position, 43 U. Tol. L. Rev. 319 (2013). Prof. Crocker’s concluding advice to interim deans and interim deans-to-be is to “embrace the position, be respectful of its limitations, but find ways to make it your own.” Other articles in the symposium are –

  • Linda L. Ammons (Widener), Seasons & Sea Changes: Weathering the Storm, An Encouraging Tale, 43 U. Tol. L. Rev. 299 (2013)
  • Annette E. Clark (St. Louis), Postscript to a Deanship, 43 U. Tol. L. Rev. 303 (2013)
  • R. Lawrence Dessem (Missouri-Columbia), Stepping Aside as a Dean, 43 U. Tol. L. Rev. 327 (2013)
  • I. Richard Gershon (Mississippi), In Ten Years, All New Schools!, 43 U. Tol. L. Rev. 335 (2013)
  • Robert H. Jerry, II (Florida), Leadership and Followership, 43 U. Tol. L. Rev. 345 (2013)
  • Susan Poser (Nebraska), Inside the Star Chamber: A Dean’s Reflections on Central Administration, 43 U. Tol. L. Rev. 355 (2013)
  • Emily A. Spieler (Northeastern), The Paradox of Access to Civil Justice: The “Glut” of New Lawyers and the Persistence of Unmet Need, 43 U. Tol. L. Rev. 365 (2013)

Legal Career Success: Factoring Status, Eliteness, and Grades

Richard Sander and Jane Bambauer explore the importance of social class, law school eliteness, and law school grades in their recent article, The Secret of My Success: How Status, Eliteness, and School Performance Shape Legal Careers in the December issue of Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. The authors note that although social class (and religion), along with law school eliteness once played a crucial role in determining legal career success, these two factors are not necessarily decisive today.  The authors also propose that, despite what some legal scholars and law school deans have stated to the contrary, law school performance does seem to matter. Readers are left with this encouraging conclusion: “The very good news is this: “who you are” has declined in importance as determinant of legal careers, and “what you do” matters more. What students show they can do in law school – at all law schools – is very closely linked to both their short-term and long-term career success.”

“Residency” for Lawyers

image of gavel and stethoscopeThe Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is establishing a mini nonprofit law firm that will operate in a similar way as a teaching hospital.  Experienced attorneys will act as partners and supervise 15-30 new graduates as they rotate through a variety of practice areas, including family law, bankruptcy, and corporate organization.  The “resident attorneys” will be paid modest salaries, client fees will be relatively low, and any profits will be dedicated to finance scholarships.

Law Schooled: Student Voices on Law School Reform

Legal education and law school reform has been blogged about, editorialized, and studied, mostly by law school deans and law professors.  One constituency whose voice has not been heard as frequently in the debate is law students, those recipients of legal education who leave law school  saddled with substantial debt and iffy job prospects.  A new blog, Law Schooled, seeks “to include all members of the law school community in a substantive discussion about how students can play a role in shaping the future of legal education.” Recent posts have covered law school reform, curriculum, bar preparation, and thinking like a lawyer. Law students are encouraged to submit a post to the blog.