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August 17, 2009

Orientation Time

While there is a lot of cross-school dialogue about classes and methodology, I haven't seen much relating to how we all handle orientation.  Based on what I have heard from colleagues at other schools and my own experience, orientation sessions fall into a few basic types:

1)  How things work-- the basic directions on where things are and how the school functions.

2)  Beginning legal instruction-- a short course in legal research or how to read and brief a case.

3)  Inspiration-- motivational sessions often relating to the identity of the school or profession.

Is anyone doing anything special or innovative with orientation?  Undergraduate schools have radically remade their sessions in recent years, with some introducing camp-type sessions in the weeks before school begins.  I haven't heard of similar innovation within legal education, but I hope I am wrong...

-- Mark Osler

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August 16, 2009

Are there any must-reads (beyond Heller) for my Second Amendment Seminar?

Regular readers of my home blog know I am interested in the intersection of the Second Amendment and the criminal justice system in the wake of Heller.  My interest is finding expression this coming fall semester — which starts tomorrow(!) at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law — through the teaching of a Second Amendment Seminar.

Though I am going to have students help shape the direction and content of the seminar, I want to make sure I cover modern Second Amendment essentials.  But, as I assembled a reading list, I started thinking that the only essential read in the modern corpus is just the Supreme Court's decision in Heller

Of course, there are lots of cases and lots and lots and lots of commentary — both pre-Heller and post-Heller — discussing the Second Amendment.  I plan to cover key post-Heller issues like incorporation and standards-of-review in the seminar, and I will have students read cases and commentaries on these and other topics.  But I am not sure if anything qualifies as a true must-read for discussing and debating the modern Second Amendment other than Heller itself.

Perhaps readers have a different view, and I would be grateful for any input on the topic in the comments.

Cross-posted at SL&P (by DAB)

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