Essays and TCD entrance requirements

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Minister for Education speaks of the need to legislate to stamp out cheating by the use of ‘essay mills’ that sell essays on demand (‘Bruton outlines bill to tackle cheating in education system’, May 15th). Trinity College Dublin does not share the Minister’s concern. Trinity admit students to study law, of all things, on the basis of an essay whose author is unknown …” (more)

[John McAvoy, Irish Times, 18 May]

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Head of Law School Condemns Sexist Comments Made by Students in Module Evaluations

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Head of Trinity’s Law School, Prof Oran Doyle, has condemned misogynistic remarks made by two students in anonymous module evaluation forms last year. In an email sent to all law students at the end of last term, Doyle described the comments as ‘unacceptable’ …” (more)

[Jenna Clarke-Molloy, University Times, 2 February]

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Why should legal academics not be judges?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Why should legal academics not be eligible to apply for appointment to be bench, especially at appellate level? The question came up during a debate on the Courts Bill 2015 in the Seanad last Friday. The Bill is a short one, designed to increase the number of judges of the High Court by two …” (more)

[Eoin O’Dell, Cearta, 15 December]

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Bizarre Irish Water question appears on UCC Law exam

Posted in Teaching on April 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“First year Law students at University College Cork were surprised to find a colourful question related to Irish Water when they opened their exam papers today …” (more)

[Denise O’Donoghue, Irish Examiner, 28 April]

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So, when it come to university courses, are some professions more equal than others?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Irish readers of this blog will be well familiar with the complaint – and it’s an entirely justified complaint – that the so-called ‘points system’ that attaches a value to the final school (Leaving Certificate) examination results has created a completely false ‘market’ in university entry to different courses …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 March]

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The Law Prof Twitter Network 2.0

Posted in Life on February 4th, 2015 by steve

International“This post has been updated from the previous one located here. I left the previous post up so that anyone interested in changes over time can see the previous results. There are about 50 more profs in the network now …” (more)

[Ryan Whalen, 29 February]

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European Court of Human Rights underused in Irish law – lecturer

Posted in Legal issues, Research on January 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Dr Conor O’Mahony says Louise O’Keeffe’s victory helped highlight importance of ECHR. Louise O’Keeffe’s victory in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has helped highlight the potential of the Strasbourg court to enrich the Irish legal system and Irish lawyers should make more use of ECHR judgments in domestic courts, a leading law lecturer has said …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 28 January]

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The Trouble with Teaching Rape Law

Posted in Legal issues, Teaching on December 17th, 2014 by steve

USA“Imagine a medical student who is training to be a surgeon but who fears that he’ll become distressed if he sees or handles blood. What should his instructors do? Criminal-law teachers face a similar question with law students who are afraid to study rape law …” (more)

[Jeannie Suk, New Yorker, 15 December]


Should academic lawyers blog?

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2014 by steve

“As an academic lawyer who writes his own blog, as well as contributing occasionally to others, my answer to the question ‘Should academic lawyers blog?’ is, perhaps unsurprisingly, ‘Yes’. However, I was recently prompted …” (more)

[Mark Elliott, Public law for everyone, 24 June]

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Law Professors Defend Students’ Right to Sell Used Textbooks

Posted in Teaching on May 9th, 2014 by steve

“Responding to a campaign by law professors, a leading legal publisher said on Thursday that its new casebook-publishing program would not threaten students’ ability to buy and sell used textbooks …” (more)

[Danya Perez-Hernandez, Chronicle of Higher Education, 9 May]

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Teach Law Outside of Law Schools

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2014 by steve

“What if I told you that the doctrine closest to the halls of power is largely unknown to the public? That the most pertinent social science subject – one that affects every single one of us every single day – is taught to only a select few? That would be absurd, right? Well, unfortunately this is no fiction …” (more)

[Michael Shammas, Huffington Post, 4 April]

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School leavers swing back to law and construction courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 9th, 2014 by steve

“School leavers are swinging back to college courses leading to careers in the construction industry and professions such as law and architecture …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 March]

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Students launch petition after Law Society exams date moved

Posted in Teaching on January 22nd, 2014 by steve

“Law students have launched a petition against the moving of their entrance exams for the Law Society, which they say will now take place two weeks earlier than they were initially told …” (more)

[, 22 January]


AIB to launch ‘specialist’ student loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 10th, 2013 by steve

“AIB is launching a specialist interest-free loan for students studying in a limited range of disciplines. This faculty loan will provide up to €10,000 interest free over a five-year period …” (more)

[Gary Culliton, Irish Medical Times, 10 September]

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Why legal education should last for three years

Posted in Teaching on September 9th, 2013 by steve

“President Obama was dead wrong last month in suggesting that law school educations should be only two years. The third year is not an expensive frill but a crucial resource in training lawyers for 21st-century challenges …” (more)

[Bruce Ackerman, Washington Post, 7 September]

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Academics could make good judges, says Shatter

Posted in Governance and administration on July 24th, 2013 by steve

“Academics could be appointed as judges under new reforms being considered by Justice Minister Alan Shatter …” (more)

[Dearbhail McDonald, Independent, 24 July]

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Is Law School a Good Deal After All?

Posted in Life on July 21st, 2013 by steve

“A fascinating new paper argues that a JD is worth $1m over the course of a career, and that the recession hasn’t dampened its value. But don’t go racing for your LSAT prep book just yet …” (more)

[Jordan Weissmann, The Atlantic, 19 July]

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‘The Economic Value of a Law Degree’

Posted in Life on July 18th, 2013 by steve

“This article ought to fundamentally change the conversation about the economic value of legal education; it’s considerably more sophisticated methodologically than anything I’ve seen, and it sensibly compares the value of the JD to the alternatives, such as only having a BA …” (more)

[Brian Leiter’s Law School Reports, 17 July]

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Internships increasingly used as a route into legal profession

Posted in Life on May 27th, 2013 by steve

“International practice and new recruitment policies at home have seen work internships become highly sought after by law students looking to secure employment after graduation …” (more)

[Dan Griffin, Irish Times, 27 May]

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Fusing practice and theory in legal education

Posted in Teaching on May 6th, 2013 by steve

“A group of academics from universities, institutes of technology, private colleges and professional law schools gathered recently at a conference in Galway to consider the development of clinical legal education in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Times, 6 May]

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