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More schools, fewer students (access required)

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The laws of supply and demand may apply to legal education after all. Eight years ago, over 100,000 students applied to law school nationally, but this year, in the face of relentlessly downbeat news about the employment prospects for lawyers, applications have cratered. Only about 67,000 applicants are expected — but the number of accredited law schools is higher than ever.

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Who will sue if amendment passes? (access required)

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Opponents of Amendment One are being cagey about what plans, if any, they might have to challenge the law in the courts if it passes May 8. Multiple organizations declined to discuss the matter, saying that they were focused on a strategy of defeating the amendment at the polls.

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NFL star wins key ruling in endorsement suit (access required)

Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs the ball against the New England Patriots in a 2011 game. AP Photo/Tom Hauck

Controversial “tweets” caused North Carolina clothing company Hanesbrands last year to terminate its agreement with Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall to endorse its Champion brand of athletic wear. Mendenhall is now suing Hanesbrands for breach of contract, and won a key ruling last week in federal court allowing the lawsuit to proceed.

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Law professors debate the amendment’s effects (access required)

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You could call it a battle of dueling academics. The stand-off started with a report produced by family law professors at the UNC School of Law, which argued that Amendment One was vaguely worded and that it could cause major, unexpected ramifications for several areas of family law beyond same-sex marriage. That led to a rebuttal by three family law professors from Campbell School of Law, who argued that the report was poorly reasoned because judges could easily figure out the intent of the amendment and apply it narrowly to same-sex marriage.

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New self-defense law gets a second look (access required)

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Little attention was widely paid last summer when the North Carolina General Assembly passed a law that changed many of the state’s gun rules. George Zimmerman’s night of self-appointed security duty took care of that. It turns out that the law passed in June 2011 contains a section virtually identical to the “Stand Your Ground” statute passed in Florida in 2005 and made infamous after the February night that Zimmerman shot and killed a teenager named Trayvon Martin.

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