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In Brief – Class pictures, the most important class for your law career, and QR codes.


Class pictures?
We all know that laptops have been entering the classroom more and more—with varying levels of resistance from professors. But camera phones?

At her blog Today and Tomorrow, 1L Kate Sherwood reports that one of her civil procedure professors incorporated this technology in a novel way. The professor told the students they’d be able to come up at the end of class to take pictures of a complicated flow chart on the whiteboard. That way, she suggested, they could actually listen during class, rather than scrambling to take notes either on paper or via laptop.

A photo accompanying Sherwood’s post (called “Bailiff” because she also discusses her moot court experience) shows that several students took the professor up on her offer.


1Ls: What’s the most important class for your law career?

This answer from a 2L at Oklahoma City University (OCU) might surprise you: It’s legal research and writing, he believes.

In a post called “LRW: The Most Important Class of Your Career: Part 1” at OCU Law’s The Gavel(, guest blogger Adam Carey writes that 1Ls often give this class lowest priority. Some dislike the Bluebook and others think their other courses deserve more time because they find them more difficult.

What’s the problem with that? “The very essence of being an attorney is giving informed legal advice and making persuasive, and correct, arguments,” Carey writes. “… The hapless attorney who charges blindly into the legal maelstrom without having learned the vital lessons presented in LRW is doomed to flounder and fail.”

Carey may still be in school, but he’s already seen how important research and writing skills are in the legal workplace—and if you haven’t already seen this, he suspects you will soon.

“During your first summer job it will become clear that legal research and writing is your job,” he says.


QR codes: What all the cool business cards are wearing

Let’s assume you’ve taken many experts’ advice and decided to order business cards while you’re still in school. What should go on them?

Along with all the usual information, some now suggest adding one more feature: a QR code that links to your information.

In a post called “Business Cards for Law Students” at The Undeniable Ruth, recent Arizona State University law grad Ruth Carter writes that Jason M. Tenenbaum, a student at Hofstra University School of Law, has a QR code on his card to help him stand out from the crowd.

Lawyer Frank Ramos has two QR codes on his card: One links to his firm’s website, and the other goes to his blog, Tips for Young Lawyers. In a post called “QR Code Business Cards,” Ramos writes that the main reason to use QR codes this way is that they’re “a conversation piece” and make people look more closely at your card.

If you want to do this while there’s still some buzz, you should probably do it soon. “It’s easy to do and separates your business cards from others,” Ramos writes, “(until everyone starts using them).”

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