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Monday, December 29, 2014

Going to the Dogs

Going to the DogsIt seems that things have become so stressful for some law students that therapy dogs are in order.  Certainly, spending time with a pooch can be a great stress reliever, but to what extent should law schools provide this relief?  Does “dog rental” go too far?

Posted by Kelly Anders on December 29, 2014 at 12:59 PM in Life of Law Schools, Teaching Law | Permalink

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#seriousquestions

Posted by: Think Like a 1L | Dec 29, 2014 5:43:42 PM

Too far for what?

Also, do you get paid by the post? Seems like the only plausible explanation for this one.

Posted by: Blondie | Dec 29, 2014 10:33:44 PM

I am visiting this month in honor of the memory of this blog's founder. Also in honor of his memory, I will not exchange insults with anyone who opts to post a meanspirited response. The purpose of the post was to inspire comments and, possibly, lively debate. Although your post is hurtful, I am at the very least pleased that my post inspired you to take the time and effort to submit a response.

Posted by: Kelly Anders | Dec 30, 2014 7:41:45 AM

Exams are too stressful? Poppycock. I think puppies should be reserved for your first felony criminal trial. One for the defendant and one for defense counsel. It should be a Miranda right.

Posted by: Jojo | Dec 30, 2014 8:02:10 AM

Ellie Woods did pretty well in law school. I'm thinking it was the dog.

Posted by: Joe | Dec 30, 2014 9:58:58 AM

Can't wait for the new law school administration position of "Assistant Dean of Dogwalking." Of course, this Dean will also be required to teach a seminar on "Animal Law".

Posted by: Disney Store Esq. | Dec 30, 2014 12:27:12 PM

People should not post mean spirited comments. However, I did wonder about this post, as this phenomenon is already several years old. The kind of responses this would likely generate would be mean spirited comments of the "those weak spirited law students " type, as those were the kinds of comments made years ago when the story of the stress dogs at YLS first appeared. Why would that be okay? Also, I know it may not be fair, but there are so many burning issues today that involve the law. We appear to be on the brink of a new civil rights movement based on the increased attention to police interactions with African Americans (this one is not going away), the battle over the correct handling of sexual assault on campuses (law schools included), the parameter of presidential power-- just so much stuff. Some of it has been handled here, to be sure. Again, I know you all do not have to be serious all the time, but in the midst of some really compelling issues that are engaging both the academy and the general public in ways that do not usually happen, this post seemed jarring.

Posted by: CHS | Dec 30, 2014 2:00:59 PM

"parameters of presidential power"

Posted by: CHS | Dec 30, 2014 2:02:21 PM

Kelly Anders: the problem is not that the topic is frivolous; the problem is that you didn't bother to write anything about it. Dropping a link does not qualify as a post. If you have nothing interesting to say on any topic, then, you should have declined the invitation to blog. Bringing up the memory of Dan to justify your unwillingness to contribute meaningfully to this blog is conduct unbecoming.

And stop with this juvenile nonsense of calling every criticism "mean-spirited" and "hurtful". It's a criticism of a blog post. Grow up. Keep your sensitive feelings to yourself.

Posted by: annoyed | Dec 30, 2014 3:08:30 PM

It was a cute little post that didn't need much commentary. Are such posts not allowed on this blog? The "paid for" comment was not really called for though the reply was a bit of an overcorrection. Better just to ignore such things.

Posted by: Joe | Dec 31, 2014 9:48:10 AM

Thanks, Joe -- and point well taken. :)

Posted by: Kelly Anders | Dec 31, 2014 9:59:31 AM

If the law school provides this "dog rental," and the student gets bitten by this rental pooch, does the law school get sued? Just pondering on the "what if's."

Posted by: Frank | Jan 1, 2015 10:16:49 PM

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