Today in 1938: The Supreme Court creates the Erie doctrine

Apr 25, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

On April 25, 1938, the Supreme Court decided Erie Railroad Co v. Tompkins, holding that courts have no power to create federal common law.

Five tips for studying for law school final exams

Apr 24, 2014 By: Jeremy Byellin

How to prepare, study, and succeed on law school exams.

Tackling the most important topics of law school, Part 10b: Hauled into federal court with personal jurisdiction

Oct 3, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

For a court’s judgment to be enforceable, it must be able to exercise personal jurisdiction against the party against whom enforcement is sought.

Tackling the most important topics of law school, Part 10a: Federal subject-matter jurisdiction, the doors into federal court

Oct 2, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The establishment of subject-matter jurisdiction is necessary for federal courts to hear a case. In other words, it is the “door” into federal court.

Tackling the most important topics of law school, Part 9b: What does the Commerce Clause mean today?

Sep 26, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

In the past 18 years, the Supreme Court’s views on the Commerce Clause have shifted radically, making it difficult to ascertain the full scope of the provision.

Tackling the most important topics of law school, Part 9a: The Commerce Clause, and how we got there

Sep 25, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The Commerce Clause is one of Congress most significant — and most controversial — powers under the Constitution. Courts have read the clause differently throughout history.

Tackling the most important topics of law school, Part 8: Rule 12(b)(6)’s “failure to state a claim”

Sep 19, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

FRCP Rule 12(b)(6) is one of the most important topics in civil procedure, and one of the most discussed on exams.

Tackling the most important topics of law school, Part 7b: Exceptions to the parol evidence rule

Sep 12, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

The parol evidence rule does exclude much evidence from contract disputes in court, but there are a large number of exceptions to the rule.

Tackling the most important topics of law school, Part 7a: The parol evidence rule

Sep 11, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

(Editor’s note: Over the next ten weeks, we’ll be covering some of the most prominent legal concepts taught in law school to help students

Tackling the most important topics of law school, Part 6b: Rational basis, “with teeth,” and intermediate scrutiny

Sep 5, 2013 By: Jeremy Byellin

(Editor’s note: Over the next ten weeks, we’ll be covering some of the most prominent legal concepts taught in law school to help students

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