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Should questions about becoming a legal professional be on topic here

I favor making legal education and legal career questions on-topic, and amending the "help" page to reflect this decision. There is no other forum likely to provide someone with the quality ...
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Are fantastical questions on topic?

Hypothetical questions are certainly on topic. I would expect "fantastical hypotheticals" to be on-topic if they comply with the standard guidelines. Particular guidelines that should be ...
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Are questions about the law in past times on topic here?

The relevant page on the help center includes "Historical legal applications" as one of the specifically on-topic categories. That a question might be on topic in more than one SE site is ...
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Can "*Why* a law exists" be on topic?

This is a general SE problem, that some people think that "why" questions are off topic. I disagree as a general statement, and I disagree with Dale M's assertion that "why" questions are off-topic (...
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"Actual problems that you face"

How about going from: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. to: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual ...
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Are questions about the law in past times on topic here?

Yes, this is quite obviously on topic. The development and history of the law is perfectly on topic here, even if it is also on topic elsewhere. Similarly a question on topic at Stack Overflow might ...
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Could the scope of Law accommodate the full scope of Ask Patents?

Prologue I am sympathetic to the plight of Patents.SE. Or is it AskPatents.SE? See, one of my problems in answering this is that whenever I have tried to figure out what the deal is with that site I ...
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Are questions about indigenous, tribal, or customary law on-topic?

Absolutely. Indigenous law is law. This has been recognized at international law, formally in UNDRIP, in British Columbia's Action Plan required by its Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ...
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What is the language scope of SE.Law?

StackOverflow has an old policy on the use of foreign languages in Q&A. One clever post on Meta pointed out that computer languages aren't English either, so StackOverflow offers a vast body of ...
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Excessive use of "specific legal advice" closure reason

These sorts of questions should be edited to remove requests for legal advice ...but without such edits, it's off-topic (though it's a closer call than a lot of the ones we see). This question ...
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Are questions about the root of laws appropriate?

Factual questions about history of law are also on topic. A question like "Why did they X in the 12th century" is probably not good because there is often no way to know why the king acted as he did, ...
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Are questions about the validity of legal analysis from Law & Order off-topic?

Sure, that's a fine question for this site.
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What is the purpose of this site if it is not to ask for legal advice?

The purpose of this site is to answer questions about what the law says, not how it applies to individual circumstances. Hypothetical scenarios, or, in some cases, real situations, can be used as ...
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Are questions about religious law on-topic?

Excellent question, and I'm surprised that it took over 2 years for this to be raised in such a substantive form! Here are some thoughts that might help guide the site's policy on these questions: "...
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Could the scope of Law accommodate the full scope of Ask Patents?

I'm active on Ask Patents and did not know that our scope was limited to questions regarding U.S. patents and patent law. We have not been behaving as if that was the case. Many good questions that ...
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Question about legislative intent should be reinstated back to Law SE

I agree that legislative intent is in scope on Law.SE. Your answer to that question is an excellent example of why. However, since the inception of Law.SE I don't think I've seen more than a handful ...
feetwet's user avatar
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Are questions about machine directives welcome here?

Yes If the question is legal in nature rather than technical. For example, this question is a marginal fit for this site but the accepted answer deals with it correctly. The technical non-compliance ...
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Is a question of whether or not an action is considered "cheating" in a game within the parameters of the law exchange?

It is not. Law Stack Exchange is for questions that involve the law. Questions about the rules of a game are simply off-topic as they do not have any legal aspect to them. Board and Card Games ...
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Are questions about machine directives welcome here?

I suspect you'll get more useful answers if you're able to tailor the questions to minimize the technical aspect and maximize the legal one.
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Can "*Why* a law exists" be on topic?

Absolutely However, it depends on the question. Laws are inherently part of the social and political systems, both historical and contemporary, in which they are embedded. As such, on-topic ...
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Can "*Why* a law exists" be on topic?

"Why is murder illegal in the UK?" Is an absolutely valid question. After all, murder wasn't made illegal through any political mechanism. It is a common law offence. That is to say: there is no ...
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7 votes

Are questions about parliamentary procedure on-topic?

Yes Certainly questions about the rules of procedure used in legislative bodies, such as municipal councils, state or provincial legislatures, or national legislatures (e.g. the US Congress or the UK ...
David Siegel's user avatar
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Are questions about "rules of sport or games" on-topic here

It seems to me that questions where actual legal rights depend on whether or not some action was within the rules of a sport or game or not should be on topic because of the actual legal issue. If ...
David Siegel's user avatar
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Should questions about 'freemen' theories and other cod law be allowed?

A number of such questions have come up since this was asked, and seem to have been dealt with satisfactorily (from our point of view). There is, however, one point that, though often not in the ...
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"Actual problems that you face"

Okay, so I've had some time to think about it, and I wonder whether anyone would be amenable to a slight change: You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual legal problems ...
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Are questions about religious law on-topic?

I specially agree with Feetwet's point 2 as a necessary characterization of "law", although given that SCOTUS decisions are often decided on a highly contradictory 5-4 vote basis, some clarification ...
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