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Thinking Like A Lawyer is a podcast featuring Above the Law's Joe Patrice, Kathryn Rubino, and Chris Williams. Each episode, the hosts will take a topic experienced and enjoyed by regular people, and shine it through the prism of a legal framework. This will either reveal an awesome rainbow of thought, or a disorienting kaleidoscope of issues. Either way, it should be fun.

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    • 3.8 • 423 Ratings

Thinking Like A Lawyer is a podcast featuring Above the Law's Joe Patrice, Kathryn Rubino, and Chris Williams. Each episode, the hosts will take a topic experienced and enjoyed by regular people, and shine it through the prism of a legal framework. This will either reveal an awesome rainbow of thought, or a disorienting kaleidoscope of issues. Either way, it should be fun.

    Biglaw's Big Billing Bonanza

    Biglaw's Big Billing Bonanza

    Where are those summer bonuses? Don't give up hope yet.
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    Law firms are rolling in dough as partners are charging more and billing more. But comparing Biglaw to the NBA? Come on, New York Times. Despite all the money, it's not trickling down to associates in the form of mass summer bonuses yet, though there may still be some green on the horizon. And why are certain people so angry about testing reform?

    • 39 min
    Supreme Court Goes Out In Blaze Of Mendacity

    Supreme Court Goes Out In Blaze Of Mendacity

    Textualism and Originalism evaporate in face of partisan objectives.
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    The Supreme Court closed out its season sidestepping text, precedent, and history -- the trifecta! -- to invent a new form of immunity to bail out Donald Trump. Weird, because so many of them were asked about this precise issue under oath and offered very different analysis. We also got January 6 legalized -- over the fiery dissent of Amy Coney Barrett -- the foundation of the administrative state thrown into chaos -- and a blessing for anyone who wants to make it illegal to be homeless.

    • 36 min
    Law Firm Summer Bonuses Have Started... Will They Continue?

    Law Firm Summer Bonuses Have Started... Will They Continue?

    Also, the Supreme Court's really sticking it to the Fifth Circuit.
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    We've got a few firms dipping into the summer bonus pool. But so far the pack hasn't followed them into the water. The Supreme Court continues to shoot down the Fifth Circuit, recognizing that politicians can't use false arrests to squelch free speech and using the Circuit to exorcise -- just a little -- their Second Amendment hangover. Is there anything normal about the YSL trial? The answer is no.

    • 36 min
    New Law School Rankings And Old Supreme Court Drama

    New Law School Rankings And Old Supreme Court Drama

    We talk about finding the right law school for you, and wonder how deep the SCOTUS drama goes.
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    The Above the Law Top 50 Law Schools ranking is here and this year it's putting power in the hands of the users. Meanwhile at the Supreme Court, ACB tells her colleagues that not every legal problem is a job for bad history. Sam and Martha-Ann Alito release Unplugged album, and it only took a matter of days into the Clarence Thomas Transparency Era for him to get caught covering up more gifts.

    • 40 min
    Clarence Thomas Turned Supreme Court Service Into An ATM Machine

    Clarence Thomas Turned Supreme Court Service Into An ATM Machine

    Except ATM machines have limits.
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    When ProPublica first reported that Clarence Thomas had taken half a million in gifts, it turns out they had only scratched the surface. New financial disclosures and some number-crunching from Fix the Court show that Thomas has taken over $5 million in gifts and likely gifts. Meanwhile, Ketanji Brown Jackson got roughly Beyonce tickets with a roughly $4000 face value. Meanwhile, there's a summer associate taking a horse and carriage to work and Columbia Law Review is finally back online after its board nuked the website over an article about Palestinian rights.

    • 33 min
    Trump's Lawyers Somehow Doing A Worse Job On TV Than In Court

    Trump's Lawyers Somehow Doing A Worse Job On TV Than In Court

    The Trump conviction excuse tour is not going well for his attorneys.
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    Donald Trump is now a convicted felon and everyone wants to know why his attorneys phoned in the defense. They... don't have good answers. At all. Continuing the Trump beat, Judge Aileen Cannon continued to display a delicate mix of cynical obstinance and outright incompetence, slow-playing a motion to keep Trump from publicly lying about the FBI and then asking for briefing on how the Supreme Court's CFPB case impacts the prosecution -- which it only could have if the Supreme Court came out the other way. And students no longer care about the USNWR rankings... but maybe there's a better measure of prestige.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
423 Ratings

423 Ratings

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Love the show but

Wish Joe would be a little more playful in the banter. He’s kinda a downer and it takes away from the pep that the other two bring to the show.

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Small talk ?

The whole thing is small talk, what even is small talk , idk anymore, but what I do know is that you can probably learn more law by watching 5 minutes of keeping up with the kardashians.

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Poor analysis - annoying self righteous

The presumption that they are categorically morally correct in their “analysis” is beyond annoying. I would have thought they could argue or discuss any legal topic in a more holistically balanced manner. News flash the Left is also authoritarian and biased - and I am a democrat. Clearly not discerning and critical thinkers. Good idea for a podcast. Poor execution.

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