legal education and writing

ABA

Definition

An abbreviation for American Bar Association. See American Bar Association (ABA).

See alsoAmerican Bar Association

Admission to Practice

Bar Admissions: An Overview

Admission to the practice of law (admission to the bar of a state) is governed by rules and regulations promulgated solely by a state's courts, legislatures, and/or bar association. The rules must not violate the...

Bachelor of Laws

Definition

The Bachelor of Laws (abbreviated LL.B., LLB, or rarely, Ll.B.) is an undergraduate degree in law generally offered after three or more years of college, and then three years of study of the law.

This degree originated in England and...

CALI

CALI stands for the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction. CALI is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) consortium of most of the law schools in the United States. More information about CALI can be found at their website.

Case System

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe method of studying law used in most American law schools, in which students read and outline (brief) appellate opinions (cases), then hear lectures about them and discuss them. Each case stands for a...

Cf.

Abbreviation for the Latin word confer, meaning "compare." Cf. is a signal indicating that the cited source supports a different claim than the one just made, but that it is worthwhile to compare the two claims and assess the difference....

Code

A complete statement of positive law, usually arranged by topic and sub-topic.

Promulgated codes contain the laws, rules, and/or regulations currently in force in a given jurisdiction.

Model codes, such as the UCC, are written so that...

Critical Legal Theory

Overview

Critical legal studies (CLS) is a theory which states that the law is necessarily intertwined with social issues, particularly stating that the law has inherent social biases. Proponents of CLS believe that the law supports the interests of...

Disbar

Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law DictionaryThe removal of an attorney's license to practice law. This penalty is usually invoked by the state bar association where the attorney is licensed to practice and will prohibit the attorney from practicing...

Disbarment

Definition

The revocation of a lawyer’s license to practice law, usually as a result of a violation of professional ethics.

Disbarment may be imposed by the state bar association if a lawyer commits an offense that directly relates to his...

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