I've been asked by many law students, a few professors, and even a few judges why I blawg. I thought this would be a great opportunity to explore a few of the reasons why I believe a law student should blawg.
1. The more time you spend in the blogosphere, the more you find yourself knowing the "hidden" facts behind cases. This leads to the thought process in which everything looks gray rather than black and white. When you find yourself arguing against yourself, you're on the right path.
2. You can say all those things that you really want to say in class, but you know are off the point. Sometimes you even get a response from people who think like you. Sometimes it just feels good to get that stuff off your chest, and occasionally you actually learn something you would not have learned in class.
3. You get to discuss important legal events with people who actually have an effect on them. Where else can you contact experts like blawg-father Volokh and get a response? Learning different perspectives from different professors allows you to stay ahead of those learning from just the one professor in class.
4. The discussion of events leads to a deeper understanding of the law. Memorization is not enough for law, being able to use the tools you learn in class on multiple cases makes for a stronger understanding of the fundamental thought process you will be using when you are finished with school.
5. Better to make a mistake while writing on a blawg than find yourself doing so in a courtroom. I love it when I get a nasty e-mail telling me how outlandishly stupid my thought process is. Sometimes I make stupid mistakes, but mostly I'm still inexperienced and ignorant of some case law. I quickly am informed of what my ignorance is however, and can act on it. Sometimes being wrong is the best thing that can happen to you.
These are just the first few reasons that I can think of, if you have anything to add feel free to post a comment.