Just like the Rule of Real Estate: Location, location, location,
Just like the Rule of Carnegie Hall: Practice, practice, practice,
There might soon be a Rule of Law School Without Debt: Read, read, read.
1) California: See “Intent to Study Law in a Law Office or Judge’s Chambers” for rules on reading the law”
2) Maine: Read the Maine Bar Admission Rules – see section on bar examination education requirements for rules on reading the law
3) New York: Read “combination of law school study at an ABA approved law school and law office study,” in section on “qualifying to sit for the bar examination”
4) Vermont: 4 Year Law Office Study program (and here)
5) Virginia: Law Reader Program (and here)
6) Washington State: Law Clerk Program
7) Wyoming: See “educational requirements” in the Rules and Procedures Governing Admission to the Practice of Law
Public libraries have some of the best buyers’ guides for e-Reading devices. Check at your own public library or start with this one to find links to reviews, consumer tips, and more:
Washington County (Oregon) Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), “Choosing a table or e-reader” (and check out their Library2Go help pages – or visit your own public library’s eBook pages)
Anything But Law School Graduate Scholarship
The flip side of ”too many lawyers“: Some reports estimate that 55% of attorneys are baby-boomers. If that % is correct, and the tail end of baby-boomer-dom was 1958, it’s quite possible we’ll need a lot of replacement lawyers really soon.
Some lawyers retire in order to do other things, but many lawyers will retire because the practice of law isn’t much fun anymore (e.g. legal research has become no “more than a google box on top of a legal database.”
The following Oregon county law libraries purchase and lend current OSB and OLI CLE course materials for independent study (and MCLE credit): Clackamas, Lane, Marion, Multnomah, and Washington.
You can find more information on borrowing county law library CLEs at the Oregon Legal Research blogpost: Oregon Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Course Materials in Law Libraries
For information about the Washington County Law Library collection, visit our CLE Information pages.
“Send Secure, Self-Destructing Messages with Wickr,” by Robert Ambrogi, Nov 5, 2013
Excerpt: “…. Lawyers have an ethical obligation to protect the confidentiality and security of communications with their clients. The more we learn about NSA snooping, the more we realize what a challenge that can be.
One option for secure communications is to skip the email and use the SMS messaging app Wickr, which is available for iOS and Android phones….” [Link to full LawSites post.]
The Oregon Law Practice Managment blog compiles some useful iOS 7 Tips and Tricks from sharechair, including, but not limited to:
- How to Force-Close Apps
- How to Automatically Update Apps in iOS 7 (or not)
- Creating a Bookmark (aka Favorites Bar) in iOS 7 and Deleting Unwanted Favorites
- How to Search Your iPhone or iPad in iOS 7
- Lovin’ the Level on the iPhone in iOS 7
- How to Block Calls on Your iPhone with iOS 7
- Using Your iPhone or iPad in the Dark: How to Invert Colors on Your Device
The OSB’s Oregon Law Practice Management blog has a terrific post on “Working with Mobile Notaries.” It includes lots of links to the new Oregon notary law and some excellent tips.
It’s that time of year again to sign up or reset your profile with the Willamette Law Online service from Willamette University College of Law
Find links to these Summary Services from the Willamette Law Online website:
- 9th Circuit Case Summary Service
- Oregon Court of Appeals Case Summary Service
- Intellectual Property Case Summary Service
- Oregon Supreme Court Case Summary Service
- United States Supreme Court Case Summary Service
“Top 10 Reasons Not to Bother With a Law Firm App,” by Erik Mazzone (ABA Law Practice Magazine, Volume 39 Number 5, Sept/Oct 2013)
Excerpt: “.… Most law firms should sit this one out, their time and money better spent elsewhere. Every once in a while, though, a law firm develops a truly useful app, one that finds its intended audience and has the user reviews to prove it. The rare lucky strike spurs on the all-too-common fruitless claim.
So, how do you know whether your law firm is wasting its time chasing app greatness or if you’re on track to be one of the lucky ones, lighting your cigars with $100 bills in the saloon?
Here are 10 reasons, in no particular order, to forget about developing a law firm app. If more than a few apply to you, head back to town, partner….” [Link to full ABA LPM article.]