After endless searching, I may finally have found the perfect bag for carrying my iPad and Apple wireless keyboard: the $35 dollar Protec Sling Bag.
50 pound dog added for scale.
Available from Amazon (in black, green, or blue) and eBags (in black or blue), it’s thin, feather-light, and has just enough room to fit an iPad and keyboard in the 12 x 8.5 x 1 padded main compartment.
An expanding pocket on the front includes zip pockets and slots for usb chargers, charging cables, and pens, and a slim pocket on the back holds papers (if you fold them).
The strap is adjustable and includes a stretchy pocket on the front for your smart phone.
The bag’s external dimensions are 15 x 1.5 x 9 inches. It is well made of sturdy nylon. It keeps my hands free, and I love the slim, unobtrusive profile. So far I’m thoroughly pleased.
It’s still a bit rough, but in view of recent developments in law library land (including reports from Washington University Law School), I thought I should post this for comment:
Legal Education in Crisis, and Why Law Libraries are Doomed
The dual crises facing legal education—the economic crisis affecting both the job market and the pool of law school applicants, and the crisis of confidence in the ability of law schools and the ABA accreditation process to meet the needs of lawyers or society at large—have undermined the case for not only the autonomy, but the very existence, of law school libraries as we have known them. Legal education in the United States is about to undergo a long-term contraction, and law libraries will be among the first to go. A few law schools may abandon the traditional law library completely. Some law schools will see their libraries whittled away bit by bit as they attempt to answer “the Yirka Question” in the face of shrinking resources, reexamined priorities, and university centralization. What choices individual schools make will largely be driven by how they play the status game.
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Keywords: law libraries, legal education, law schools, rankings, reputation
The Red Velvet Lawyer writes:
At the conference of the Midwest Association of Prelaw Advisors held at the end of October 2013, Professor Jerry Organ predicted that jobs would exceed the number of law school graduates in 2016 (as I recall).
He suggested that the market would turn because applicants to law school would continue to decline while the trend in new law jobs would hold at least steady.
So, here is my attempt at supporting this prediction. I am using data provided byLSAC at the MAPLA conference, which I have discussed in earlier postings. I am also relying on data provided by NALP.
I make the following assumptions:
Enrollment of first-year law students will decline by 8.0% from the previous year through the 2015 entering class.
Each entering class experiences an attrition rate of 12 percent. So, only 88 percent of each first-year class graduates three years later.
New full-time jobs in three categories – bar required, JD advantage, and other professional jobs – will hold steady at the 2012 level of 31,776 jobs.
All categories of full-time jobs will hold steady at the 2012 level of 33,759 jobs.
In other words, as long as enrollment keeps falling and the current attrition rate of 12% holds up, there will eventually be few enough law grads remaining that most should be able to find jobs. Of course, they’ll be competing with all the current grads who still haven’t found jobs, and all the lawyers who’ve been laid off, but maybe those other lawyers will have found non-legal work by then.
Of course, not everyone sees the glass as half empty.
If you are on Facebook, you have probably encountered the giraffe riddle. If not, the story is here.
“The door” or “your eyes”? I submit that choosing “your eyes” is based on faulty neuroscience and an inadequate understanding of “free will.” Who is the “you” that opens your eyes? Neuroscience has shown that your eyes open before “you” have any conscious awareness or agency. In other words, your eyes open: “you” do not “open” them. Agency enters into it only when “you” decide to open the door–or better yet, stay in bed until your parents go away. They should have called first.
From the New York Law Journal:
Lawyers who hold law degrees from institutions outside the United States will be able to earn a J.D. in two years through an accelerated degree program at University at Buffalo Law School set to begin this fall.
The degree is part of a wider push by Buffalo Law to establish itself as an internationally known institution and to train lawyers from all over the world. Unlike students completing their LL.M., a one-year masters program, J.D. candidates in the two-year program will be part of the school’s traditional J.D. class. Their degrees from foreign institutions will give them advanced standing at Buffalo Law as if they’ve completed about 30 credit hours, or one year of law school.
“If you’re looking at this as an 18-year-old in another country, you think, ‘I can be a lawyer in my country and a New York lawyer.’ It’s a big value proposition,” said David Westbrook, a Buffalo Law professor and director of the school’s global strategic initiative. “You can hold yourself out to multinational corporations and say not only are you familiar with local laws, but you’re familiar with the law of the deals.”
The state Court of Appeals and the American Bar Association have both approved the accelerated J.D. Buffalo Law is one of the first in the nation—and the first in New York—to offer this kind of program.
More information is available here.