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Looking at law students' experiences

Jennifer Nelson
January 24, 2012
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Law school students aren’t interacting much with international students, something that may hurt them as they prepare for a more internationally diverse environment.
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'The Puppet's Court'

Jennifer Nelson
January 20, 2012
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No cameras in court? No problem! One news station has decided to cover a federal corruption trial using puppets.
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Class basketball supporters can relax, for now

Jennifer Nelson
January 19, 2012
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The Indiana state senator who called for an end to class basketball has called a time out on his legislation.
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Study tackles transparency of law schools

Jennifer Nelson
January 18, 2012
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A Tennessee nonprofit is calling out law schools for their lack of accessible information on recent graduates.
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The short session begins

Jennifer Nelson
January 4, 2012
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Indiana’s General Assembly reconvenes Wednesday with legislators looking to tackle human trafficking before the Super Bowl comes to town and address right-to-work legislation.
And as with every session, there are those bills that leave me wondering if our legislators don’t have better things to worry about.
 
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Dog soothes stressed law students

Jennifer Nelson
December 21, 2011
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Therapy dogs aren’t just for sick patients or scared kids.
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Celebrate your rights

Jennifer Nelson
December 15, 2011
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Dec. 15 is Bill of Rights Day. Which of the first 10 amendments is the most important?
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Ad capitalizes on holiday drinking

Jennifer Nelson
December 12, 2011
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Add an Indianapolis attorney to the list of lawyers creatively marketing their services to those who drink too much this time of year.
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  1. Frankly, it is tragic that you are even considering going to an expensive, unaccredited "law school." It is extremely difficult to get a job with a degree from a real school. If you are going to make the investment of time, money, and tears into law school, it should not be to a place that won't actually enable you to practice law when you graduate.

  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

  3. 700,000 to 800,000 Americans are arrested for marijuana possession each year in the US. Do we need a new justice center if we decriminalize marijuana by having the City Council enact a $100 fine for marijuana possession and have the money go towards road repair?

  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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