Another bizarre torts question, but of course this happens to someone. They slip on a tomato. They fall and get hurt. And they want to sue! The legal question at issue, as per Torts doctrine: did the person have ‘constructive notice’? If they did, then they shouldn’t be able to sue successfully for someone else to pay for their harm. … Read More
Oh the world of Torts, it is the most depressing and funny of the first semester law school classes. As in, let’s talk about losing one of your legs, and figuring just who exactly you can sue successfully to get some money to make up for your permanent loss of a limb. Here is my drawn flowchart, all about the … Read More
An old case, but a famous one — this one from an icy Buffalo river, where a boat broke loose, caused havoc, and resulted in a classic Torts case that every first year law student in America has to study. It is Petition of Kinsman Transit! A law cartoon I drew to try to make sense of the rather convoluted … Read More
Straight from my first year law school sketchbook, this decision tree is all about whether you can be held liable for providing alcohol to others, who then go on to do something that harms another person. Is a bar liable, or a person holding a party liable, when a person drinks alcohol and then hurts someone? Follow the flowchart and … Read More
Here we go: more 1L cartoons for studying law — this one all about what the elements of the tort of ‘invasion of privacy’ are. Is there intent? Was there a private zone that was intruded upon? Would it be offensive to a reasonable person? Want to learn more Torts for your 1L classes? Come play Law Dojo on your … Read More
For all those studying Torts as 1L ramps up — here is a cartoon I drew back when I was a student at Stanford Law, about one of the most famous torts cases — where a bizarre train accident resulted in a big old tort lawsuit. Come learn more Torts, with Law Dojo quizzes that will take you through all … Read More
When you are working on your startup, like we are with Law Dojo, how do you attract people, get a buildup of attention, and launch a guerrilla marketing campaign that actually works? The concept of hype holds some promise! I drew out these insights while listening to a lecture on game design at Stanford.
Okay, this one is not anything that is going to teach you legal knowledge. But! It is one of my 1L side-of-the-notebook sketches that I then superimposed on my *actual* law school classroom. Reimagining all my civ pro classmates as cats hard at work in the trudge of a law class. In honor of all the upcoming 1L classes that … Read More
Here’s a visual flowchart I made for Federal Income Tax when I was studying at Stanford Law School. This one is all about people who have won money in a lawsuit they’ve filed, for a personal injury case. Do you have to pay taxes — or how much of your winnings is taxable? Follow the tax decision tree to find … Read More
Family law and child custody may not be the most popular thing to study in Law School, but it’s a hugely concerning and possibly destructive area of the legal system for a lot of people. This image shows a prototype of a visual booklet that lays out a flowchart schematic of how the custody process works.
We have rolled out an online, desktop version of Law Dojo. You can play all your favorite topics for free — though we don’t have all the features that are included in the mobile phone app, including stats, timer, levels, and choose-your-specific-topic within a subject area. All you need to do is visit Law Dojo, find the game you want … Read More
I am hard at work, editing the upcoming new Income Tax Law module for Law Dojo. In honor of this upcoming release, here is another one of my tax law flowcharts from law school. This one is all about whether employees need to pay taxes on free services they’ve received at work. Follow the decision tree to find out, is … Read More
I attended a Stanford d.school workshop, sponsored by GameDesk, on creating new kinds of games. First we learned how young people today learn, absorb information, and use games to do so. Then we workshopped and brainstormed what kinds of new games we could create to teach young people complex information, like law and civics.
And one final set of sketches from my Criminal Procedure notebook — this time about whether the government actually has a valid warrant, based on their claim of “probable cause”. These two pages are one long flowchart that set out the conditions for valid probable cause. Build more legal knowledge, and study up on your rights around the police and … Read More
It’s the final countdown to this summer’s bar exam! Here’s one more flowchart from my Criminal Procedure sketchbook, this time about how to get things that the government found during a search (that you consented to) thrown out as evidence. Build more legal knowledge, and study up on your rights around the police and government agents: play Law Dojo — … Read More
Two sketches from criminal procedure — all about the nebulous concept on whether a person can legally expect privacy in a situation. The standard is ‘reasonable expectation of privacy’ — and these cartoons start to explain what that means in specific contexts. Want to learn more about your privacy rights? Build more legal knowledge, and study up on your rights … Read More
Some more criminal procedure notebook sketches — this time a short flowchart about whether it was legal that the police (or government agent) stopped you — and possibly frisked you. Here are the conditions that need to be met for stops-and-frisks to be legal under the Constitution (and case law that came from it). P.C. means ‘probable cause’ in my … Read More
Another page from my law school sketchbook on Criminal Procedure and people’s rights regarding the police, this time on arrest. If the police arrest someone, is it legal? I have multiple references to P.C. — that means “Probable Cause” in my shorthand. The names in bubbles are legal cases that support the points laid out here. Learn more about your … Read More
Day 3 of criminal procedure law drawings: this one on the question of whether the police have really ‘stopped’ or ‘seized you’ — versus a more voluntary encounter where you are not really under their custody and you can leave. The rules that apply are different depending on how the encounter is characterized. Want to learn more about your rights … Read More
Another day, another sketch from my notebook on what a US resident’s rights are vis-a-vis government agents who are searching them. This one is about whether police/agents can search your things. Want more knowledge about your rights and criminal procedure? Play Law Dojo — available for your phone on Android or on iOS!
Here’s a page from my Criminal Procedure notebook, with a quick rundown of the few conditions that can allow police to come into your house legally to ‘search’ it? Build more legal knowledge, and study up on your rights around the police and government agents: Play Law Dojo — available for your phone on Android or on iOS!
For today’s Bar Exam study visual, we have some Constitutional Law for you! Let’s say you’re a citizen and you think a state government has violated your rights. Can you sue them? Typically the 11th Amendment blocks such a suit, but there are some ways around it. Want to learn more Con Law for the Bar Exam? Play Law Dojo … Read More
Happy Friday to all those studying for this month’s Bar Exam. We have a picture explaining Evidence Law principles around character evidence to help you as you cram for the MBE. And if you want to remember even more Evidence knowledge for the Bar Exam, play Law Dojo — available for your phone on Android or on iOS!
Enjoy this Civil Procedure flowchart as you study up for the Bar Exam (or for your first year law school exam)! Figure out exactly whether and how you can get someone into court to hold them liable for a legal claim, according to the rules of civil procedure. And if you want to remember even more Civil Procedure knowledge for … Read More
Today, we turn from contracts to torts. Remember these basic factors for figuring out if there is possible liability for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Hopefully these visuals will stamp into your mind and help you answer those bar exam questions quickly and easily! Study even more Torts knowledge for the Bar Exam, play Law Dojo — available for your … Read More
Another way to remember crucial the dreaded Statute of Frauds rules for the upcoming Bar Exam — just think of the mnemonic “My Legs” and let this picture help you remember all those key factors to be considering. And if you want to remember even more contracts knowledge for the Bar Exam, play Law Dojo contracts — available for your … Read More
All the dreaded Latin that you have to remember for the Bar Exam (and for your Civil Procedure class) is a little bit easier when there are cartoons attached. Today’s Bar Exam visual is all about Res Judicata, about when a case is settled or when more claims can be raised to keep it alive. Remember these three main factors … Read More
Oof — for all those studying evidence for the bar exam, you know the pain of Character Evidence rules. Here’s a flowchart laying out the crucial things you need to know to tackle all those character evidence questions on the MBE and essay sections. Enjoy! And if you want to put your Evidence knowledge to the test for the Bar … Read More
Our Law Dojo team has been hard at work creating a totally new version of the app, that’s easier to use, with cleaner design and more features. Here are some of the new designs for you to check out — and download a first new release of this updated app on Android! What do you think about our new colors, … Read More
I prototyped several possible ways to build a law game app. I did this in a low-fidelity way, by sketching out storyboards and game interfaces with pen and paper. In Prototype 2, I have a selection of types of games rather than 1 type –a variety of interactions –you as the judge evaluating a text, you and a crossword, you … Read More
I have been playing around with Learned Hand pictures — eyebrows, growls, and more eyebrows — and would love to see the Internet take on a Learned Hand meme. [space] Anyone else want to try? Generate one here! I will post others’ submissions on this thread. Ones that make me laugh will win free apps!
One of the best Law Role Playing games is coming back with new storylines! Ace Attorney Law Game From the press release: HOLD IT! CAPCOM CONFIRMS DETAILS OF PHOENIX WRIGHT: ACE ATTORNEY- -DUAL DESTINIES RELEASE IN THE WEST Courtroom Hero Phoenix Wright Returns this Fall Press Release May 13, 2013 9:19am PDT (2 hours ago) SAN MATEO, Calif. — May 13, 2013 — … Read More
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