Unusual Resources for your Biggest Law Assignments
You know the drill. The professor writes the assignment on the white board, and you reach for a casebook, law journal or legal opinion–all of which are adequate resources that can certainly help you find an answer.
But will they help you find the right answer for the right circumstances?
There are no absolute right answers in law school. Every answer depends on a set of facts, circumstances and precedent. When a professor calls on you, you need to be prepared to answer any question at any time. You need to have reviewed the case from all angles, which means you need to look for resources that transcend casebooks, journals and opinions.
You need some unusual resources. Here are three.
It’s understandable that law school students are skeptical of what they read on blogs. After all, most blogs focused on legal issues seem to be written by bitter, faceless law school graduates who can’t seem to find a job that allows them to move out of their parents’ basements.
But if you know where to look, you can find blogs that serve as valuable resources for law school students–point-by-point breakdowns of major decisions, analysis of legal precedent and even the personal opinions of leading scholars and practitioners. Find well-respected blogs and you find real-time resources that can make you a better student. Some of the best blogs for law school students can be found on the websites of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and by doing a Google/News search for “law blog.”
Believe it or not, the media can be a valuable resource for analysis of legal issues–you just have to know where to look.
Find the trade publications, such as The National Law Journal (Law.com) and the ABA Journal. Both have their thumbs on the pulse of the country’s legal world. Not only do they cover breaking news, but they focus on public policy and often publish guest commentaries written by leading practitioners. Legal trade publications can open your eyes to new perspectives that may have been overlooked in your casebooks.
Non-Profit Organizations and Advocacy Groups
Want to truly understand one side of a public policy issue or legal opinion? Visit the website of a nonprofit organization that’s interested in the subject. You’ll find white papers and advocacy pieces designed to help you understand one perspective.
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