Legal As She Is Spoke (LASIS)

LASIS is the award-winning legal journalism blog published by the Program in Law and Journalism at New York Law School. LASIS examines current legal issues in the mainstream media and analyzes, in plain English, the legal underpinnings of various news and events from across the country. Students in the Program and Law and Journalism are required to write articles for LASIS throughout the school year.

To view Legal As She Is Spoke in its entirety, please click here.

Awards and Recognition


For the second consecutive year, LASIS was selected as a top Blawg by the American Bar Association. By popular vote, LASIS was voted number one in the News/Analysis category.

LASIS has also been cited by numerous other legal blogs, including the Volokh Conspiracy,, and many others.



About the Name: Legal As She Is Spoke

LASIS takes its name from a classic 19th-century Portuguese guide to the English language called English as She Is Spoke. The book was written by a man who could not speak any English – thus its rather humorous title . The results of this book were a spectacular failure. Mark Twain, in his introduction to the American edition of the book, wrote: “Nobody can add to the absurdity of this book, nobody can imitate it successfully, nobody can hope to produce its fellow; it is perfect, it must and will stand alone: its immortality is secure.”

To see this wonderful little book, click here.