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Bar exam fiasco prompts calls for overhaul (access required)


Digital natives abhor an information vacuum, and they expect their elders to embrace technology. But when the summer bar exam went awry two weeks ago, it was all vacuum and no embrace. So it was only natural that traffic to our site spiked on the news that the N.C. Board of Law Examiners was mulling its options following a power outage on Tuesday, July 24, the first day of the July bar exam.

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Charlotte School of Law: Let’s make a deal (access required)


The email solicitation almost has the feel of a late-night infomercial. If you act now, they’ll also throw in a free iPad. But the sender isn’t offering a new gadget no modern kitchen should be without—the pitch is for a legal education at Charlotte School of Law. And Charlotte is surely not the only law school laboring to fill seats for the incoming first-year class.

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That sound? Oh, just the bar taker’s primal scream

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The expressions of panic coming from the Twitter feeds of this spring’s law school grads has reached a near-audible pitch as the days until the bar exam dwindle. Sentiments like “Please excuse me while I overreact irrationally,” “Cannot get enough caffeine,” “Just woke up from my second bar exam nightmare” and the common refrain “What day is it?” create a digital portrait of the class of 2012’s collective psyche.

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Elon, national fraternity not liable in frat-party incident (access required)

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John Mynhardt and three friends made a tragic decision when they dropped into an off-campus fraternity house party near Elon University in the wee hours of a Friday night in 2007. While there, Mynhardt got into a dispute with one of the fraternity members, and two men started physically forcing him toward the exit. He claims one of them pushed him to the floor, after which he found he could no longer move his limbs. The two men then dragged a paralyzed Mynhardt by his legs out of the house, compounding the injuries. The paralysis was permanent.

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