The legal profession is rife with nonsense, and I can't possibly write about all of it. So here are some great posts from around the www to keep The Dog's readers up to date.
First, prosecutor misconduct. For me, outside of not-guilty verdicts, some of the sweetest moments in law practice came when prosecutors hid evidence, but then accidentally disclosed it anyway. (One example is the smoking-gun memo that gets mistakenly placed in my discovery packet.) But prosecutor misconduct is a serious problem, and we can't always count on their ineptitude to serve as a self-correcting mechanism. For a great post on prosecutor misconduct (with courtroom video at the bottom), check out The Irreverent Lawyer.
Second, law school shenanigans. Sure, law profs make a lot of money for a short work year and a 3-4 class per year workload. That's no longer shocking. For shocking, visit Outside the Law School Scam to learn how an unkempt dude who went straight from law school to a professorship, and then to a deanship, collected hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary and other creative payments like "forgivable loans," and then still kept his professor job (though not the deanship) when it all came unglued.
And third, law review publishing. I once wrote a law review article with about 100 footnotes. Then the editors sent it back and wanted 200 footnotes, including footnotes for sentences so basic they required no citation. For example, if I write that "sometimes defendants will defend battery cases claiming self-defense," I don't need a footnote because the claim is obvious and undisputed. After much battling of our own, we ended up settling on about 150 footnotes. For more on the intricacies of law review publishing, including how the journals select their articles -- finally, an explanation for why the Harvard L. Rev. has thus far refused to publish my work -- visit Class Bias in Higher Education.