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May 9, 2007


During my time as both a student and professor at law school, I cannot recall a single incident in which a student was accused of cheating on a test or assignment. 

At least one of the following must be true:  (1) My experience is atypical; (2) Law students don't cheat very often; or (3) Law students cheat, but don't get caught.

I suspect that each of these is true to some degree.  However, it is notable that one does not often hear of cheating scandals in law school of the type that break out periodically in undergraduate education.  Optimistically, I hope that part of the cause is that the law draws in those of particularly good character, but I suspect this may be naive.

-- Mark Osler

May 9, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

May 8, 2007

2 reasons to go to conference: Intl Law Superstars and Vancouver!

Link: 2007 International Law Mid-Year Meeting AALS Association of American Law Schools.

This summer, the beautiful city of Vancouver will host the AALS mid-year meeting and this year that meeting will be devoted to International Law.  The lineup of speakers is very impressive indeed. I encourage all international law scholars (and future scholars) to attend.  Here's what the organizers have to say:

Why Attend?
The world is moving so quickly - globalization of trade, terrorist attacks, global warming, preemptive invasions, international courts springing up around the globe - and the law necessarily changes to keep up with it. No one can keep abreast of the ever-evolving face of international law, much less pause and reflect on how these developments affect the way we teach and write about it.

This is the first AALS Mid-Year Conference on Teaching International Law in 11 years. It will bring together teachers and scholars for three days of intensive discussion on how we teach and write about international law and where the field is heading. There will be plenary sessions, small group discussions, and paper presentations. The panelists, drawn from the most highly respected scholars in their various fields, will be around for the entire conference, enabling conversations to continue long after the formal discussions have ended.

May 8, 2007 in Scholarship -- traditional | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 7, 2007

Are Law Schools Failing to Teach Logic?

According to Senior US Circuit Judge Ruggero Aldisert (and two of his law clerks), law schools no longer teach logic in Logic for Law Students: How to Think Like a Lawyer (SSRN) -- Joe Hodnicki

May 7, 2007 in Teaching -- pedagogy | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack