Ian Best of 3L Epiphany is a 3rd year law student at Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University who built an enormous public resource. He developed a
nearly complete listing of law related blogs (I say nearly because my blog is missing!) (Thanks for adding me, IAN!) as part of his studies.
He started a blog to study legal blogging. On beginning this effort, he explained his purpose (emphasis mine as is the comment in red):
First, 3L Epiphany will be a typical, personal blog where I can learn the practical aspects of blogging. I sincerely believe that the skills which I learn from this endeavor will be marketable ones, since blogging is becoming more prevalent and ubiquitous in the legal community.
Second, I plan to utilize 3L Epiphany as a resource to demonstrate the many potential uses of a law student blog. In particular, I believe that blogging will eventually provide an entirely new model for displaying legal and professional skills to potential employers [and customers, too!!!], and I expect to make 3L Epiphany an example of how this can be done.
Third, I plan to study "blawgs" directly, especially those of legal practitioners. I will tour the legal blogosphere in order to discern the benefits and consequences of blogging. And I will interact directly with lawyers who blog to ascertain their personal observations and conclusions.
Not only has Ian tackled a massive project with terrific big-picture perspective (organizing it very effectively), but he demonstrates his strong sense of the type of thinking that will make him a very successful lawyer!
Understanding the role of blogging -- transparency to, and direct relationships with, your market -- will take him far in his career. Kudos, Ian!
(so...any 3rd year accounting students out there who want to do this in the accounting industry??)