Life of a Law Student:: Student Podcasting

Audience: All
Technical Level: Low

As an incoming 1L, Neil Wehneman had a simple (and some would say naive) goal: capture as much legal knowledge as he could, and make it freely available to as many people as possible, both as to cost and copyright. The Life of a Law Student podcast was born.

Life of a Law Student relies on Fair Use to assimilate into audio the public domain caselaw along with knowledge gained from textbooks, professors, hornbooks, and other sources. Since that first day of class, Life of a Law Student has been listened to by thousands of current and incoming law students across the country, run into friction from some existing law professors, and been featured in the New York Times. The podcast is currently focused on bringing on additional students in order to "franchise" the idea across law school campuses and across the world.

This session will focus on the policies and goals of Life of a Law Student, the Fair Use argument underlying the methodology, and how this type of podcast fits into a holistic legal education experience.

MP3: WehnemanLR2Fr400.mp3

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Neil Wehneman
University of Cincinnati College of Law

About Elmer Masters

Elmer R. Masters is the Director of Technology at the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction ( where he works on interesting projects involving technology and legal education like eLangdell, Classcaster, Lawbooks, QuizWright, and the CALI website. He has nearly 25 years of experience building tech tools for legal education and systems for accessing law and legal materials on the Internet. He is the admin of the Teknoids mailing list ( and has been blogging about legal education, law, and technology for over 15 years ( He has a JD from Syracuse University College of Law and was employed by Syracuse, Cornell Law School, and Emory University School of Law before joining CALI in 2003. Elmer has presented at the CALI Conference for Law School Computing (where he organizes the program), the AALL and AALS Annual Meetings, Law Via The Internet, and other conferences, symposia, and workshops on topics ranging from IT management in law schools to building open access court reporting systems to information architecture design and implementation in law.
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