As we further consider how to train future lawyers for the Algorithmic Society and develop the quality of thinking, listening, relating, collaborating, and learning that will define smartness in this new age, law schools must reach beyond their storied walls.
In law, we must got beyond talking about algorithmic implications to actually help shape algorithmic performance. We need lawyers and programmers to work together to create a sound "machine learning corpus." There's potential for an entirely new subfield to emerge if given the right support. With many law school attached to major research universities, it's a great place to start this cross-pollination and interdisciplinary work.
This type of interdisciplinary work would help to satisfy the career aspirations of advanced-degree seekers but also the wishes of many college presidents, deans, and faculty members who see an interdisciplinary professional education as a path to greater relevance, higher enrollments,…
In a continued effort to attract longterm users, both Westlaw & Lexis have modified graduate access to offer generous extended access.
As to Westlaw, currently, if you are a "Practice Ready" school, meaning that you subscribe to the Practice Ready suite, Westlaw sends the following message to impending graduates:
Don’t miss out! Enable your extended access now: ·Sign in at www.lawschool.westlaw.com·If you have not already enabled your access, you should see a prompt asking you to extend. Click on “I agree” and you are all set. Not seeing the prompt?·Use this link - https://lawschool.westlaw.com/authentication/gradelite What do I get with my extended access? ·Know How - Access to helpful sample documents and checklists with Practical Law & Practice Point·Research - Westlaw access to understand the law and find authority ·Drafting Tools - Access to contract review, citation formatting and authority review tools with Drafting Assistant. You’ll have 60 hours of access to the t…
After another session in a longstanding conversation with my wonderful colleague, Alyson Drake, about the state of the profession, she made the brilliant connection that law libraries need sponsors. In the past 5 or so years, there's been quite a bit of discussion surrounding sponsorship for career advancement. You'll find relevant articles here, here, here, here, and here.
While many of the articles discuss sponsorship in terms of individuals, the notion, as well as the need, is similar for law libraries.
So what is a sponsor? A sponsor is someone who will use his or her internal political and social capital to move you . . . forward within an organization. Behind closed doors, he or she will argue your case. A sponsor has been described as “an influential spokesperson for what you are capable of doing.
And what’s the difference between a mentor and a sponsor? Mentoring is a gift. A sponsor, on the other hand, is more transactional. . . . A senior person is not going to go out…