TED Talks is all about powerful speakers sharing great ideas and observations that are relevant to many people. This is especially true for law students. Within TED’s 900+ talks, you’ll find intriguing legal ideas, lessons in living a better life, and even inspiration for becoming a better law student.
We have gathered a collection of TED talks that examine issues of law, politics, and life, and offer big things for law students to think about in the legal world and life beyond law school.
Julian Treasure shares an important lesson for anyone in this talk: a reminder to listen better, and five ways do to so. Treasure believes that we’re "losing our listening" in a world that keeps getting louder and louder, not able to consciously listen to the people and the world around us. As a law student and future legal professional, it is so important to fully absorb what you’re discussing with professors, classmates, clients, judges, and colleagues, so be sure to check out this talk.
Copyright law is an important part of many creative industries, especially music, film, and software. But in the world of fashion, there is little to no protection from copying, and the industry seems to embrace it. There is only label trademark protection, allowing designers to outright copy one another in designs. Blakley argues that this leads to a more open and creative process, as designers sample from each other and gain inspiration from the street. Even the makers of cheap knock-offs are accepted in fashion, as most designers note that knock-off customers wouldn’t have purchased the original anyway, and the spread of fashion, even in a diluted form, is a good thing for the industry. Blakley’s talk is an interesting discussion for law students, as she discusses an industry that could make great use of copyright law, but chooses not to.
As a law student, you probably engage in a healthy amount of debate, but not everyone is fortunate to have such practice. Even upon graduation, debate may not be a part of your usual practice, and Michael Sandel believes this is a shame. Watch his talk to find out why democratic debate is so important, and how you can improve your debate skills to make them a regular part of your life.
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