January 15, 2009
Livestreaming litigation as real-world education
Prof. Charlie Nesson convinced Judge Nancy Gertner (US District Court, MA) to allow videocameras to stream coverage of the proceedings in RIAA vs. Tenenbaum, one of the most high-profile (and perhaps last) cases in which the record industry is going after an individual for alleged copyright infringement. Nesson has always seen this case as not just an effort to vindicate Tenenabaum, but also a learning opportunity for people (and not just law students) to see the law in action.
The cases will be "narrowcast" by Courtroom View Network onto the website of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. I'll be curious if anyone plans to make use of this opportunity for their classes.
(The RIAA itself has, unsurprisingly, been tight-lipped on this issue, particularly as they recently decided against any future efforts of the same kind).
January 12, 2009
At many law schools, especially those below the top 20, there is a fair amount of unhappiness with the Career Services Office. This unhappiness is especially apparent among those not in the top quarter of the class, who feel they receive limited opportunities. A primary challenge facing any CSO is the task of matching up these students with open positions. In a worsening economy, this challenge is becoming tougher than ever.
What can be done? The options are limited:
1) Try new ways to market the school to employers;
2) Push students into new fields (ie, criminal law) where middle-tier students predominate; and
3) Change the educational process in a way that makes students more employable in one or more areas.
I don't know the answer, but I do know that the struggle to find a job in this market is significant, and the pain associated with this is exacerbated by rising debt loads. Are there any reports on new practices or techniques in this area?
-- Mark Osler