Archive for December, 2006

Not Much Difference Between Large Law Firms and Universities

Friday, December 29th, 2006 at 00:24

A few years ago McKinsey produced an interesting analysis of which law firms would succeed in the “winner takes all” economy. Thinking back on this, they were both right and wrong in their results. McKinsey said there would be two types of winner: the full-service global reach firm like Clifford Chance and Baker & McKenzie; […]






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What Are the Rewards for Going Global?

Thursday, December 14th, 2006 at 16:21

The Financial Times published an article on the risk of going global for law firms. Whether or not to go global is a hot topic, but lawyers and firms would be advised to avoid the herd instinct. The number of times I’ve heard from lawyers, “We must merge/open an office there/etc, because Smith and Brown […]






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The Art of Students' Writing

Thursday, December 7th, 2006 at 16:43

To my astonishment someone was able to translate the incomprehensible student’s research question posted earlier (see comment). The translator must have been an habituĂ© of Bletchley Park in a previous incarnation. I spent the last session with my students talking about the art of writing and how they could learn and practise it. Asking them […]






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Snakes!…in the Library!…Again!

Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 at 15:17

My niece attending law school in Greece can’t use the library because the local venomous snakes have taken up residence. When I wrote about this in November, I sent a copy of the blog to the head of the law school. Answer? zilch, of course. (His name is Prof Kalavros and here’s his email: gkalavro@law.duth.gr. […]






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How dimocratically elapse Presidential electoins…

Friday, December 1st, 2006 at 17:22

Last week I gave my research methods students a snap quiz. They had no time to prepare. It was very simple, consisting of four questions: What is a research question? What is a literature review? Distinguish between quantitative and qualitative methods; What type of research method is being employed right now in this document? Twenty […]






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