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13 Funny Papers You May Be Assigned to Research for a Law Class

July 23rd, 2017

You knew that studying the legal field would be hard work! You expected to study all kinds of weighty topics related to things like the Constitution, health care, and intellectual property. But you never thought you would be assigned topics that were strange and even funny.

Here are some surprising and funny papers that you may be asked to research for the next law class.

1. Love Contract

This is the legal ramification when employees at the same workplace enter a relationship? This is a contract which protects the employer by limiting the liability.

2. The Pre-Relationship Agreement

Dating has become so complicated that some couples now draft legal agreements on touchy subjects like when to say “I love you” and after that period of time, they may refer to themselves as a couple.

3. The Spam Arrest Agreement

The aggressive anti-spam company had a clause which required violators to pay a $2000 fine for sending spam emails.

4. Rock Stars’ Contract Clause Agreement

Rock stars are known for having seemingly petty clauses in their contracts with venues in which they perform. Van Halen in the 1980s, whose contract requested M&Ms in their dressing room with all the brown ones removed.

5. The “Love of the Game” Clause

Most professional athletes have a clause limiting exactly where and when they will play to reduce the probability of injury. But Michael Jordan did the opposite, specifically stating in his contract that he would play anywhere or at any time he wanted to.

6. Laws about the Regulation of Drones

The increasing civilian use of drones raises problems for governments as they try to regulate their use.

7. Laws about Bitcoins

Is this “cryptocurrency” really a good idea? How can it be regulated? Is it helping or harming the global economy?

8. Do Climate Change Refugees Have the Right to Refugee Status?

Residents of the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati applied for refugee status based on the effects of climate change.

9. The Free Coffee Clause

Sometimes attorneys hide an offer for a free coffee or a six-pack of beer deep within a contract as a way to find out whether their clients have actually read it or not.

10. Artist Contracts in Deep Space

Back in the early 1970s, when we believed that space traveling was going to become part of our daily lives, recording artists put language in their contracts to protect their copyright, trying to define those rights within “the Solar System” because “the Universe” was deemed too vague.

11. The Private Possession of Big Cats

Have you ever dreamed of owning a pet lion? Various countries find their own ways of regulating the ownership of large cats like tigers, lions, and leopards.

12. Laws Against the Impersonation of Clergy

You already know that it’s illegal to impersonate police officers. But in 1995, a man was arrested for impersonating a priest. Impersonating clergy members is also expressly forbidden in Alabama state law.

13. Laws about Mispronunciation

Be careful the next time you mispronounce a name! When teachers mispronounce the names of their students, it is considered a “tiny act of bigotry.” And the mispronunciation of “Arkansas” is specifically outlawed in that state.

So if you think that writing papers for your law classes are going to be boring, think again! Some of the topics you may encounter are so weird that they’re funny, and will provide you with a unique view of human nature and the laws that we need to govern it.

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