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Should the American Bar Association drop its long-standing ban on academic credit for paid externships during law school? That was last week's "Room for Debate" topic over at The New York Times, with two people (a law student an an attorney) arguing in favor of lifting the ban, and one (a professor) arguing for the status quo.

If you're a long-time reader, you know how much I absolutely hate the idea of unpaid internships, though that's more an aversion to employers taking advantage of rising 2Ls and 3Ls who are desperate for resume filler by having them provide actual, valuable labor for free. But this is different: academic credit for an educational experience in a practical setting.

Let's take a look at the pros and cons, and see why lifting the ban is probably a bad idea.

#DearFindLaw - Advice for New Lawyers and Law Students from @FindLawLP

#DearFindLaw: It's like Dear Abby, but for masochists masquerading as legal scholars.

What are this week's topics? The first is all about revising your legal writing (especially in law school) using checklists. Also, a wise man in a warm, humid place wants to know what a "3-2-1" study schedule is.

Yesterday, Florida State University College of Law held a memorial service for the late Professor Dan Markel. In addition to teaching, Markel was a well-known legal blogger who founded the widely read PrawfsBlawg.

Markel, 41, was shot and killed in his garage in Tallahassee, Florida, on July 18. His murder remains unsolved.

In honor of Constitution Day, which is -- in my opinion -- the real birthday of the United States, we'll help all you 1Ls in your Constitutional Law studies by discussing five classic Con Law cases. Here we go:

1. Marbury v. Madison (1803).

Marbury started it all; and by "it," I mean "judicial review," which is nowhere to be found in the Constitution and otherwise appears only in The Federalist 78. The facts of the case are hopelessly irrelevant; all that matters is that, in Marbury, Chief Justice John Marshall declared, first of all, why the new country's Supreme Court exists in the first place: "It is emphatically the duty of the Judicial Department to say what the law is." He went on to articulate what is basically the foundation of constitutional law: When the Constitution conflicts with a lower law, the Constitution wins. Believe it or not, before Marbury, that was up in the air.

#DearFindLaw - Advice for New Lawyers and Law Students from @FindLawLP

Welcome, folks, to another exciting edition of #DearFindLaw Fridays. Today's topic? Attack outlines.

We know. Contain yourself. We promise: This won't be too exciting.

And for those of you (lawyers, law students, pre-law folks) with questions about anything (law school, finances, student loans, tech choices for firms, Syria and ISIS), you can tweet us @FindLawLP and we'll try to give you a hand in our next weekly column.

#DearFindLaw - Advice for New Lawyers and Law Students from @FindLawLP

Another week, more 1L questions. We feel for y'all -- these first few months are downright terrifying, aren't they?

Our first question is about outlining: how, when, why? And another reader, fresh off his first Socratic smackdown, complete with a warning that he'd be "on call" next class, wants to know why -- why do they do this to students?

In property class, things are not always what they seem. American Indians don't own land, people can steal foxes willy-nilly (but not whales), and a fertile octogenarian will always pop up to spoil your day.

To help prepare you for the inevitable migraine you'll face from learning common law property rules -- only to be told they aren't followed anymore -- here are five "classic" property law cases made simple for 1Ls:

There was an interesting piece in The Wall Street Journal yesterday: a few law schools cut tuition and their enrollment numbers rebounded from the dismal depths of last year, with little impact to their admissions standards.

Which schools? The WSJ cites three that cut the sticker price: the University of Iowa College of Law (#27 per USNWR), Roger Williams University (Rank Not Published per USNWR), and the University of La Verne College of Law (Unranked per USNWR) and a fourth that introduced a grant for in-state residents, Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson School of Law (#51 per USNWR).

Is this the cure for student loan debt and decreased law school demand?

Dear Future Law Students:

Here's your first (obvious) lesson in the law: always check the fine print.

American University's Washington College of Law offers a scholarship, ahem, "tuition discount" to incoming 1Ls who are focused on public interest. But, as Prof. Paul Campos points out, there are some pretty significant strings attached, strings that could leave you owning six figures to the American Washington Bald Eagle Patriotic Adjectives School of Law.

First-year contracts class is where some of the most classic law school cases can be found. Hairy hands? Chicken? You'll remember these wacky situations years later.

So let's take a quick break from the case books and try a somewhat more entertaining approach to a few of the all-time classic cases from Contracts...