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How dual degrees and mentors shape future lawyers, how podcasts and blogs alter academia, and how Mom got me through. All this, and more…
Why Stop at One Degree? Seeking to polish their credentials in a tough job market, law students are pursuing double degrees. One option now gaining in popularity is a four-year program in which students earn a J.D. and a master’s degree in journalism at the same time. by Beth SojaMentors Mind the Legal Gap Are freshly minted lawyers ready to work? The University of St. Thomas has a mentor program to help students learn the unwritten rules, customs, and courtesies of the legal profession before they start practicing on clients. by Lisa Montpetit Brabbit and David M. BatesonLet’s Talk About It Together Legal blogs have injected a lively new strain of thought into academic scholarship. Georgetown is trying the joint approach: a group blog, to which all legal faculty can contribute when they’ve got something to say. Legal Times talks to professor Rebecca Tushnet, who helped launch the blog this summer. • Podcasting the Professor How do you repeat a professor’s lecture that bears repeating or attend a campus event that you had to miss? For the past year, American University has been helping out busy law students by offering podcasts from the classroom. by April FehlingOh, the Lessons He’s Learned What happens when a 40-year-old violinist takes up law? The younger students boast more energy and fewer responsibilities. The school is struggling to keep its accreditation. Fortunately, Mom is there to help. by David LehrmanWhat Would Socrates Ask? The Socratic method is often criticized as demeaning, discouraging, and detrimental to women and minorities. That’s too bad. Properly done, it’s a powerful learning tool in the business of turning students into lawyers. by Ann Marie PedersenBeyond Our Legal Borders Traditionally, law schools focused on domestic law. But as international law extends its influence into more and more areas, the academy needs to respond. It’s time to go global. by Ralph Steinhardt

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