January 18, 2013
Through a variety of bloggers, including law students, we plan to provide you with legal news and insights, information, research tips, perspectives on the law school experience, and more! The blog posts will sometimes be serious and other times whimsical, but in the end, we hope they are engaging.
The blog is not intended to be a one-way street, but rather a dialogue. It’s a place where your views and thoughts can be expressed and insightful discussions had. You are encouraged to thoughtfully respond to the blog posts and the comments made in reply, but you are expected to be respectful of others’ views. For questions of etiquette, please review the Rules of Decorum.
New posts will be uploaded to the blog regularly, so check back often!
Decorum: Commenting Guidelines for Law Students
You’re encouraged to comment and voice your opinion and insights in response to the blog posts of the Law School Blog. You are, however, expected to treat with respect the views and comments of other persons, including those of the bloggers and anyone else who may express a view, opinion, comment, or insight.*
To help you craft your comment, follow this non-exhaustive list of rules of decorum:
- Be hard on the issues, not each other.** Treat with respect persons and differing opinions, comments, insights, questions, blog posts, etc. Please do not post abusive, insulting, harassing, defamatory, or hateful comments. And, absolutely no ad hominem attacks.
- Keep it clean. Do not post any material, comments, and language that are obscene, profane, offensive, indecent, or vulgar.
- Rule of Professional Responsibility 1.6 – keep some information confidential. Posting personal information such as phone numbers and addresses (residential, work, office, email, etc.), whether belonging to you, a friend, stranger, or anyone else, is forbidden.
- Give credit where credit is due. The content of your comments should be your own, unless you attribute the material to the author or source.
- Stick to the issue at hand. Keep comments and posts to the issues or ideas presented.
- Do not post anything you would not want a future employer to read. If you have to stop and think, “Should I post this?” You probably shouldn’t.
- Have fun. Be insightful and witty.
So, take a deep breath, organize your thoughts, formulate your argument(s), and comment away.
*You, and you alone, are responsible for your comments. The Law School Blog is not responsible for any comment you post. Any comments posted to the Law School Blog deemed by blog administrators to be in violation or not-in-violation of these rules of decorum may be deleted.
**Adhering to rule of decorum 4, this comes from a professor at Hamline University School of Law. Memory, however, does not remember to whom this should be credited.