October 23, 2012

"So you want to be the next top legal scholar?"

"Step 1: find some better friends."

10 comments:

Lem said...

"So you want to be the next top legal scholar?"

Here is the first question.

Why is there something rather than nothing?

Ann Althouse said...

Ha ha. And you know this post would have had no comments if you hadn't said that. Which suggests no one cares. We barely believe what judges write. What lawprofs blather out at great length is simply not noticed.

Lem said...

I had never seen anything like it..

Not even one old tired snark.

wyo sis said...

I've been trying to find a site I first linked to from here, I think. It has statements that start out sounding one way and then switch meaning for funny effect. It has a Latin mane that I can't remember. In any case, that's what the title statement sounds like.
So, I got looking around for it and got caught up and never made it back. This is an unusual lack of comment.

creeley23 said...

We barely believe what judges write. What lawprofs blather out at great length is simply not noticed.

Yep. After the Roberts decision on Obamacare, which apparently no one believed on either side as anything other than artful dodge, why should we?

Then there is the curious case of Barack Obama, who made it to one of the most prestiguous positions in all of American law education -- the president of the Harvard Law Review -- and yet was unable to write a simple grammatical letter to the editor, explaining in part that writing was an important hurdle for a president of Harvard Law Review to pass.

From there Obama went on to be a constitutional law lecturer for several years at one of the top law schools in the country, and from there to become President of the United States based on the most irrational cult of personality campaign in American history.

Happily, at this point Obama looks to be a one-termer on track to be one of the worst presidents in our history -- no thanks, though, to the legal scholar community.

Then there is the case of Ann Althouse, a tenured law professor, whose blog in many other respects I enjoy, but who nonetheless voted for Obama in 2008 and until a month ago, maybe, was undecided on whether to vote for Obama again, even though she has chronicled Obama's failures, foibles, and incompetency quite accurately since 2008.

I don't get it. It seems to me the indifference sliding into contempt with which people hold legal scholars is well-earned.

Perhaps you could explain.

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Largo said...

"Garden Path Sentences"?

raf said...

I thought they all could be sequitors. Imagining the next few sentences isn't all that hard.

raf said...

I thought they all could be sequitors. Imagining the next few sentences isn't all that hard.

lawinsider said...

Right... so... the original post referred to an article from ATL. And the point was made that you're more likely to get published as a legal scholar if you surround yourself with other legal scholars who are inclined to cite you. In other words, even the ivory tower has cool kids. Shocker.
http://www.thelawinsider.com/insider-news/how-to-apply-for-eb-5/