1L of a Ride Book and Video Course

1L of a Ride Second Edition coverThe "Companion Text" to Law School1L of a Ride — McClurg’s bestselling book about how to navigate the first year of law school is assigned as recommended or required reading at law schools throughout the country.  Read the Amazon Reviews.

NEW: The 1L of a Ride Video Course is a 12-part series featuring McClurg and award-winning law professors Chris Coughlin, Meredith Duncan and Nancy Levit.  Available separately or bundled with a print or e-copy of the book.

Meanwhile, to maintain their sanity, loved ones may want to look at The “Companion Text” to Law School: Understanding and Surviving Life with a Law Student.  Somehow, it became an Amazon Editors’ Favorite Book of the Year.

“Grit and Grind” Your Way to Law School Success

The Grindfather

The Grindfather

If you’re getting ready to start law school and are worried because you have a below-average LSAT score, you need to read my new ABA blog post.  In it, I explain data about the correlation between LSAT scores and first-year grades, which is weaker than most people realize.

While LSAT scores correlate with success for some students, they do not reliably predict success or lack of it for any individual student because the LSAT does not take into consideration many key ingredients to success, including “grit.”

Look at the Memphis Grizzlies. They’ve made the NBA playoffs for six straight years without any superstars. Their motto, coined by Grindfather Tony Allen, is “grit and grind.” Now, Professor Angela Duckworth has authored a bestselling explaining her research that shows “grit”–perseverance and single-minded determination–is at least as important as native intelligence in predicting success.

Check out over at ABAforLawStudents.com.

You Are About to Enter the Sex Worker Zone

Prostitution Sign in Zurich

A Zurich friend sent along this sign in Kleinbasler in Basel, intended to alert sex workers of new “tolerance zones,” designed to impose more control over prostitution, which is legal in Switzerland.

According to this article, “there has been a high turnover of prostitutes recently, mainly from EU countries in Eastern Europe, who are increasing competition, creating price falls and making it hard to convey the rules.”

The competition led to demands by locals for more restrictions. There are currently 800 sex workers in Basel. Police made 120 arrests last year for working outside of designated zones.

Thanks to Pat Crowell.

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Don’t Store Explosives Next to Your Space Heater

Don't point space heaters at cans of gasoline five inches away.

Don’t point space heaters at cans of gasoline five inches away.

Well, it’s not quite that bad, but this warning in a package of instructions for a small space heater (maybe 10 by 12 inches)seems almost as obvious. Not faulting the manufacturer. No doubt fires, probably a lot of them, have started because consumers unwisely placed heaters next to each of the listed flammable materials, probably including cans of gasoline.

U.S. products liability law does not require warnings against “obvious dangers.” But what’s obvious? If people regularly suffer harm using a product in a dangerous way is it because the danger isn’t obvious or because product users frequently

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Large Discount on Bundled 1L of a Ride Book and New Video Course

West Academic Publishing and Amazon have teamed for a YUGE (picture Bernie Sanders saying it) discount on the bestselling law school prep book, 1L of a Ride, and new accompanying video course.

Right now, the bundled package is selling for only five dollars more than the book alone ($43.91 reduced from regular price of $80). Take advantage while it lasts.

Here are some sample clips from the video course. Check out 132 Amazon reviews (five-star average) for the freestanding book.

Smoke Detector Warning Under Fire

Smoke Detector Fire Advice

Not surprisingly, the product warnings accompanying smoke detectors are extensive. Smoke detector manufacturers have been held liable in lawsuits when the detector failed to work properly and harm resulted to residents. (This short article on a law firm website provides a few details.)

I bought a replacement smoke detector last week at Home Depot and, as always, enjoyed reading the product warnings and instructions.

They provided a lot of good advice, but surely the first item of “WHAT TO DO WHEN THE ALARM SOUNDS” could have been worded better:

Alert small children in the home.

Maybe I’m quibbling, but I have three issues with this instruction.

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Warning: Always Read Fine Print

Crafted-to-Remove-Gluten

Grains such as barley and wheat used to make beer contain gluten (although gluten-free beer can be made from grains such as sorghum, buckwheat, rice, and millet).

Can gluten be removed from traditional beer grains? During the middle of our products liability coverage in first-year Torts, a student sent this photo of a beer carton boasting in bold capital letters “CRAFTED TO REMOVE GLUTEN.”

The beer was of interest to the student, who suffers from celiac disease. Persons with celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder, cannot consume gluten because their bodies will mistakenly react to gluten as if it were a poison.

But then she came to

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New – 1L of a Ride Video Course!

1L of a Ride Video Course Marketing Video

PUBLISHER AND AMAZON HAVE TEAMED FOR HUGE DISCOUNT ON 1L OF A RIDE BOOK AND VIDEO COURSE BUNDLE – $43.91 reduced from regular price of $80 and only five bucks more than the freestanding book.

Check out some sample video clips for the new 1L of a Ride Video Course (West Academic Press 2016) based on McClurg’s bestselling law school prep book of the same name. In addition to McClurg, the 13-part series features award-winning law professors Christine Coughlin (Wake Forest), Meredith Duncan (University of Houston), and Nancy Levit (University of Missouri-Kansas City).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT37lW6Hx1E

Each video is roughly ten minutes, followed by

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Spot the Tort: Another Rolling Tort on the Highway

Another Rolling Tort

Here’s another “rolling tort”; i.e., a dangerous condition on a road or highway.

We look at these things lightly at Lawhaha.com, but large objects that come loose from a vehicle present a substantial risk of injury or death to those traveling behind.

Other examples of Rolling Torts are here, here, and here. Or just sift through the entries under “Spot the Tort.”

–Thanks to Larry Peters.

Beware of Tripping Alligators and Fake Warning Signs

Don't Feed Hallucinogens to Alligators

This sign warning “Do Not Feed Hallucinogens to Alligators” would be amusing if it were real, but it’s not.

Complicating life at Lawhaha.com, where we love to post interesting warning labels and signs, is the proliferation of fake, Photoshopped samples.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell. University of Memphis first-year law student George Scoville sent me the alligators picture. It looked a bit sketchy. Research led to a Reddit post detailing indicators that the picture is fake, including, for example, a Shutterstock watermark on the mushroom.

But George had also sent a second similar photo: “Do Not Give the Bison Psychoactive Substances.” This one

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Freudian Slip By Defense Lawyer?

Sigmund Freud

What would this guy have to say about it?

When a defense lawyer in a defective building case says “scare and kill” when he means to say “care and skill,” is that just being tongue-tied, or is it a Freudian slip?

From a judge friend comes this:

In a recent motion hearing in a multi-party construction case, the attorney for the developer of the allegedly defective building intended to refer in his argument to his client’s “care and skill” in constructing the involved building. He got a little tongue-tied, however: instead of referring to his client’s construction method as involving “care and skill,”

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No Prejudice in This Dismissal

Gavel

A lawyer friend in Jacksonville, FL sent along this funny story about a plaintiff who objected to his complaint being dismissed “with prejudice”:

At a mediation, a settlement agreement was reached, so the mediator formalized it in a written document. The plaintiff’s lawyer was going over each of the terms in the document with the plaintiff. When they got to the term that stated “Plaintiff will dismiss the Complaint with prejudice,” the client looked up and adamantly stated, “I will not! I am not prejudiced, and believe everyone is equal under the eyes of God.”

For non-lawyers, “dismissed with prejudice” is a

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Supreme Court Emoji Challenge

Thinky Emoji

Insurance law expert and all-around funny, clever guy Randy Maniloff has come up with a fun test for spelling out the names of 10 famous U.S. Supreme Court cases using only emoji. How did this come about? He explains in his latest issue of Coverage Opinions:

The other night I was out to dinner with my 9 year old daughter. As we waited for her mac & cheese to arrive I decided to give her a lesson on the Supreme Court. I figured I’d start with the basic operation of the federal judiciary. From there move on to some landmark Supreme Court cases.

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Andrew Jay McClurg is a law professor whose teaching and research interests include tort law, products liability, legal education, privacy law and firearms policy. He holds the Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence in Law at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
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