Saturday, June 30, 2007

Law School Terminology

When you go to law school there is a whole new vocabulary to learn, no matter what law school you attend. Here's a few key ones.
1L, 2L, 3L: means first-year law student, second-year law student, and third year law student, respectively.
Gunner: the person who always raises their hand, even when not asked a question, is always prepared, and never missed. We love to hate them. Here's an interesting post about
gunners.
Res Ipsa Loquitur: The thing speaks for itself.
Res judicata: Parties in the case are bound by the decision.
Blackacre: Mythological piece of land always conveyed (given away) to some person. It's your job as a law student to figure who owns it!
Jurisdiction: Most simply, the ability of a court to hear a certain type of case. You'll learn about it in Civil Procedure.
SBA:
Student Bar Association. The law school student government.
Tort: Unlike in the real world, a tort (no "e") is a negligent or intentional civil wrong recognized by law as grounds for a lawsuit.
OCI: The system set up for only the top 30% to get jobs, leaving the rest of us hanging. Actually, OCI is the system used at most law schools to allow students to bid on firms they'd like to interview with, the firms choose the students they wish to interview.

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