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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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