Author: Gregory N. Mandel

Law Schools Considering Familiar Alternative to LSAT for Admissions

Dean Gregory Mandel is quoted in this article from the Philadelphia Business Journal. Several area law schools are considering the GRE as an alternative to the LSAT as part of their admissions process. Dean Gregory Mandel told the Philadelphia Business Journal that Temple’s position on the issue is “wait and see.” While noting that the GRE may be a more attractive option to some applicants, particularly those with STEM backgrounds, Mandel said that any approach would have to be holistic: “One reason schools have soured on the LSAT is that to be a great lawyer, you need to possess a number of skill sets … and the LSAT gauges a few of those but not all. So how do you gauge all of them? You have to look carefully at undergraduate performance, the obstacles the student had to overcome, any past work experience.  It has to be a holistic approach to arrive at a good prediction of an applicant’s future success.”

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Intellectual Property Law’s Plagiarism Fallacy

Intellectual property law is caught in a widespread debate over whether it should serve incentive or natural rights objectives, and what the best means for achieving those ends are. This article reports a series of experiments revealing that these debates are actually orthogonal to how most users and many creators understand intellectual property law. The most common perception of intellectual property among the American public is that intellectual property law is designed to prevent plagiarism. The plagiarism fallacy in intellectual property law is not an innocuous misperception. This fallacy likely helps explain pervasive illegal infringing activity on the Internet, common dismissal of copyright warnings, and other previously puzzling behavior. The received wisdom has been that the public is ethically dismissive or indifferent towards intellectual property rights. This research reveals instead that experts have failed to comprehend what the public’s conception of intellectual property law actually is. The studies reported here uncover several additional intellectual property law findings, including that: (1) the majority of the American public views intellectual property rights as too broad and too …