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  • Writer's pictureTommy Sangchompuphen

Anticipating Taylor Swift’s "The Tortured Poets Department": A Look Back at Swiftie-Themed Study Tips

As I eagerly await the release of Taylor Swift's new album, "The Tortured Poets Department," at Friday midnight, I can't help but reflect on how her music has intertwined with my legal musings. Whether you're a seasoned Swiftie or a casual listener, her songs have a knack for resonating on a deeper level.


In a series of blog posts, I've tried to link Taylor's music to legal concepts, aiming to provide educational insights for law students and bar examinees in a fun, relatable, and memorable way.


As I gear up for another lyrical journey with the release of "The Tortured Poets Department," I wanted to revisit these posts to see how her songs might be applied to studying for the bar exam.

 

From “I Admit It: ‘I May Be a Swiftie’” (Jan. 21, 2023):

 

1. “no body, no crime: Criminal Law—Homicide

 

2. “Vigilante Shit: Criminal Procedure—Use of informants

 

3. “Message in a Bottle: Contracts and Sales—Communication of Offers

 

4. “Anti-Hero: Wills—Slayer statutes

 

5. “Bad Blood: Torts—Abnormally dangerous activity

 

6. “Shake It Off: Test-taking strategy

 

7. “Fifteen: Constitutional Law—Fifteenth Amendment

 

8. “All Too Well: Evidence—Prior statement of identification

 

9. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together: Family Law—“No -fault” divorce

 

10. “Getaway Car: Criminal Law—Conspiracy

 

11. “Snow on the Beach: Contracts and Sales—Concurrent conditions and Criminal Law—Concurrence of actus reusand mens rea

 

12. “I Knew You Were Trouble: Torts—Defamation

 

13. “Karma: Torts—Proximate causation

 

14. “Mastermind: Constitutional Law—Equal Protection Clause

 

15. “Maroon: Criminal Law—Intoxication

 

From “’Fifteen’ + ‘Seven’ = ‘22’": Learning More from T-Swift's Songs (July 1, 2023)

 

16. “Me!: Evidence—Excited utterance

 

17. “Daylight: Criminal Law—Burglary

 

18. “Death by a Thousand Cuts: Criminal Law—First-degree murder

 

19. “False God: Constitutional Law—Free Exercise Clause

 

20. “I Did Something Bad: Evidence—Statement by an opposing party

 

21. “Innocent: Criminal Procedure—Presumption of innocence

 

22. “Sparks Fly: Torts—Abnormally dangerous activity

 

 

23. "’Slut!’ (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault)"

Torts—Slander per se

 

24. "Say Don’t Go (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault)": Criminal Law and Torts—Consent defendant to kidnapping and false imprisonment

 

25. "Suburban Legends (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault)": Constitutional Law—Obscenity

 

26. "Now That We Don't Talk (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault)": Criminal Procedure—Fifth Amendment

 

27. "Is It Over Now? (Taylor's Version) (From The Vault)": Civil Procedure—Final judgment rule

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