Thursday, March 19, 2015

This Day In The Law: Earl Warren

Former United States Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren was born on this day in 1891. Warren led the Court through an important period of social change during the 1950's and 1960's.

The President who nominated Warren to the Court, Dwight D. Eisenhower, later famously regretted his choice.

Warren is perhaps best known for his opinion in the case of Brown v. Board of Education.

Acknowledgment to Jurist.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New on HeinOnline: Tax Foundation Archive Publications

The Tax Foundation Archive collection provides convenient access to the complete archive of the Tax Foundation’s publications, which contain information on taxation, fiscal policy, finance and more.  Browse by publication title or subject, or use HeinOnline’s search capabilities to search for specific topics.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Survey: "State of the Legal Field"

You may have heard that the number of students enrolling in law school in 2014 was the lowest in 41 years, while law school debt increased and the job market is still tough.  BARBRI, the bar exam and law student preparation firm, decided to assess the current state of the legal field by conducting the first survey of its kind including all three groups: current law students; practicing attorneys; and law school faculty.  Released this month, State of the Legal Field Survey: Insights from BARBRI's First Annual Survey of Law Students, Law School Faculty and Attorneys, summarizes the results.

Conducted by an independent research firm, the survey asked some key questions. How did 3L's assess their preparedness to practice law?  What did practicing lawyers and law school faculty consider the most important skill for newly graduated attorneys? What were all groups' expectations and experiences of paying off student loan debt? How did attorneys assess expected job openings in the next few years?  Would the new and experienced lawyers choose to go to law school again?  Take a look at the findings. 

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Setting pen to paper

Place your laptop to one side and start taking notes and other writing by hand with pen and paper.  Recent research appears to show that students who take notes by hand comprehend and retain course material better than those who use a laptop for note taking. 

There are other benefits to writing by hand:
1.  It has a calming effect.
2.  It coordinates the left brain and the right brain.
3.  It boosts cognitive skills.
4.  It inspires creativity.
5.  It sharpens aging minds.
6.  It improves memory.
7.  It uses more of your brain.

Check the linked posts for more information.

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