Law Forum RulesWhat are the rules?
- Be nice. Be polite. Don't be a dick.
- Keep it on-topic. See below for what is allowed discussion on this forum.
- Make sure you respond to the specific question asked by the person that started the thread. Otherwise don't respond. See examples below.
- No argumentative or angry posts. It isn't my problem that your spouse is cheating on you or your boss chewed you out today. Take your rage elsewhere.
- No posts that inhibit discussion. See below for examples.
- No posts containing profanity or vulgarity. I especially hate the words shit, toilet, ttt, shitlaw, and killself.
What is this forum for? What is considered on-topic discussion?
This is a forum to discuss issues pertaining to the legal profession. The following are on-topic discussions:
- pre-law curriculum, LSAT, law school admissions
- law school study, law school life, internships, loans, job prospects
- bar exam, barbri, essays, MBEs, C&F
- legal profession, issues affecting lawyers, outsourcing, salaries, doc review, loan repayment, CLE etc.
- alternative career paths for lawyers e.g. MBA, compliance, foreign service etc.
- how an important court decision affects attorneys practicing in that field
Examples of posts that do not answer the question asked by the person that started the thread
Here is a non-exhaustive list:
- When someone inquires about how to prepare for the bar exam, you respond that it is pointless to study for the exam as there are no jobs and the legal industry sucks.
- When someone inquires about how to study for the LSAT, you respond that it is pointless to study for the exam as there are no jobs and the legal industry sucks.
- When someone asks about whether they should pick one law school over another, you badger them about their stupid decision to attend law school in the first place.
- When someone asks about how to efficiently use a certain document-review software, you respond that the person might as well give up as smelly indians will be doing all doc review in the future.
- When someone inquires if they can get biglaw out of a certain school, you respond that it is pointless as biglaw firms hire only Jews, gays, or those with a pussy pass.
Examples of posts that are argumentative or angry
Here is a non-exhaustive list:
- When someone says something you disagree with, you dress them down e.g. "you don't know what the fuck youre talking about", "have you ever even practiced law?" Such responses invariably lead to back-and-forth argumentation that is not useful to anyone. If you disagree with a poster, say so politely. "I disagree. This is how it works." or "I believe this not accurate. This is what happens." Then move on. No need to linger and obsess. You are not going to win a prize by making someone feel like crap on this forum.
- Name calling e.g. "you are a moron", "stfu faggot." etc. Don't to be an internet tough guy.
- Questioning these policies or their implementation. I don't want to see threads of the type "Why was my Obamacare thread deleted?" Please use the off-topic board for that or email me.
Examples of posts that inhibit discussion
These types of posts are especially a problem with posters that have been around for a while. Due to their tenure, they feel they can bully new posters. Here is a non-exhaustive list:
- Responding with "flame!" You have the option of not saying anything. Use it. You will be surprised the weird situations people find themselves in. Yes there are indeed people at Cooley that get an offer from biglaw and are unsure of whether to take it. But if you think it is flame, then ignore that thread. If you see someone that is most certainly trolling, then report them to me.
- Responding with "ugh. we have discussed this 8 million times. just do a search." I don't want people to be afraid to ask questions. If you are too lazy to answer, then ignore that thread.
- Another version of the above. Responding to a query with "Google is your friend" or something similar. Believe you me, we have all heard of this amazing invention called Google. Your wisecrack was edgy in 2000. Now it's just asinine. If you can't help, please stfu.
- Responding with "No one is going to give you free advice here."
- Responding with "Dude this site is a fucking cesspool, Ask your question at taxtalent.org." I think this one is self explanatory. If you cannot help, don't get in the way.
- Ganging up on someone, especially new posters.
Examples of posts that are profane or juvenile
Here is a non-exhaustive list:
- When someone inquires what kind of a school Hofstra is you respond "Toilet! Toilet! Toilet! Toilet! Toilet!"
- Using expressions like "shitlaw, "gutter firm," or "toilet school" to describe your affiliation. I understand you have no self-respect but please do not stink up this forum with such garbage.
- Responding to someone that has a question about No Fault Insurance with "LOL Ha haha... TTT Looser Moron, JC Penny Suit wearing Cut-Paste shit faggot."
- Asking someone what they are wearing, whether they "like to take it up the ass" or how much their "cooter stinks."
- Telling someone that is talking about how fulfilling it is to practice law to "killself!"
What happens if I flout these rules?
If you do not follow these rules you will be banned and your posts will be deleted.
Will you provide a warning before you ban me?
I will not provide any warning. It is not my job to baby-sit you or assuage your ego. I don't have the time to explain to you what you did wrong. And then get into long winded arguments with you. So err on the side of caution. Be nice. Be polite. It's not that hard.
I don't agree with these rules. They are arbitrary. They are ruining this forum.
Then Leave. You don't want to be part of a ruined forum! So GTFO.
But but but... I miss the Ye Ol Wild West JDU. I want to be insulted and abused! That is what makes it fun!
A masochist eh? Well you still have the option to post your query in the Off Topic section. The same people read both forums. The rules are a bit more permissive there.
What happens to posts that violate these rules?
They will be deleted. It takes me some time to get around to the cleanup. But they will all be deleted.
Your rules violate the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution! What about free speech? You can't censor a public forum!
This is a private forum.
I see someone routinely disobeying these rules. Someone is being rude to me.
Please report them to me immediately, Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If they are indeed violating the rules, they will be banned.