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This week on #DearFindLaw, we're presented with the issue of joining a bar association while in law school.

There are many bar associations to choose from, and if you're a law student, you've probably got to join one eventually, right? After all, it's not a "cocktail party" if it's just you and your dog alone in your apartment.

So how can bar association memberships pay off for law students, and which one(s) are worth the annual dues? Here's what you need to know:

It's bar results season! On Tuesday, New York dropped results a day earlier last year, and weeks earlier than expected, reports Above the Law. Californians are going to be waiting in agony for at least a few more weeks. If you're from one of the flyover states, the length of your torture may vary, but the significance of the moment won't: This is the biggest test of your life.

And while many are understandably excited, others are recovering from a hangover with nothing but sorrow and months of bar prep ahead if them. Once the caffeine and aspirin kicks in, you're going to want to get to work, whether you passed or failed.

Here's the game plan for both:

I only just started playing fantasy football this year. I knew it was a thing people did, and they enjoyed it, so I thought I'd give it a try. I enlisted some friends and we created a league. Fair warning, though: I know almost nothing about football. I just know that fantasy football is fun.

And, truthfully, it turns out watching football can be fun. But fantasy football in particular carries a lot of lessons for lawyers.

What lessons, you ask? Here are five:

I see skies of blue. And clouds of white. Optimistic law schools. Ignoring their perilous plight.

For the past few years, we've seen ever-decreasing law school applications and LSAT test administrations. Fewer and fewer undergraduates are looking to the law as the next step, largely because this is a profession largely lacking in lucrative or meaningful opportunities. For the vast majority of law graduates, you're going to end up with a middling salary working in construction defect litigation, not as Judith Clark or Dana Latham. (Look 'em up, you've got plenty of time between cover letters.)

And yet, according to a Kaplan survey released Tuesday, admissions officers have stars in their eyes. Are they right?

The bar exam sucks. But you know what sucks almost as much? Filling out the application for the bar exam.

Because states want to make sure they aren't admitting a three-time felon or any other deviants, they make you provide an insane amount of personal information that you probably don't have access to, like the name of your supervisor at your two-month-long pizza delivery gig back in high school (a guy who certainly doesn't work there anymore).

It's a nightmare. And it's expensive as hell, even more so if you take the time to fill out your application carefully and the deadline passes. We've been through it, some of us multiple times, so we thought that a big list of (hopefully) everything you'll need for the application (besides cash) would come in handy. (H/T to the Virginia Board of Bar Examiners for providing many of these.) Of course, each state has its own requirements, but this checklist should cover almost everything:

Halloween is a special time of year, when you can finally come to your law office dressed however you like -- within reason, of course.

In the interest of public service for our fellow legal professionals, we'd like to offer some advice on things you should, and should not, do when dressing up for work this Halloween:

1. Do Make Your Costume Law-Related.

With over a thousand years of legal tradition, you should come to work dressed as something law-related, like a judge or -- heaven forbid -- a law-related pun like "Commerce Claus" or "Habeas Corpses." Justice Scalia might make a good costume, and, as always, you can still go as Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer.

Let's be clear: NBC's "Bad Judge" will probably not last more than one season. Our review of the half-hour legal comedy's pilot could be summed up in one word -- awful -- and we're not alone in our sentiments. More importantly for the network, the ratings are terrible.

If all that didn't ensure the show's demise, this might help: The Miami-Dade chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL) has sent a letter to the network, asking it to shelve the show, which it says "depicts a female judge as unethical, lazy, crude, hyper-sexualized, and unfit to hold such an esteemed position of power," reports the ABA Journal.

And then there was "HTGAWM" Episode 5. Is anyone still watching this show? We are, though my editor is nearing his breaking point. Shondaland, where everything works out perfectly for unethical lawyers and their clients, and where everyone is having lots of sex, isn't for everyone. Anyway, if you're just now tuning in, we have recaps and reviews of all of the episodes. Now, back to Episode 5 -- SPOILERS FOLLOW.

Who's our Monster Client of the Week? A creepy teenage kid who shot his dad in the back, killing him. But don't worry: He did it for his mom, who was being beaten by his dad -- a cop. As for the ongoing murder mystery, the one that Goth Girl (Rebecca) has been charged with, we don't seem to have gotten any closer to figuring out who the real murderer is, unless the obvious choice (Prof. Annalise Keating's husband, whose body her students are trying to dispose of in various flash-forward clips) is it.

Mr. Keating, by the way, was sending pics of his privates to the dead girl and admitted to a wee little affair.

He knows police procedure. He's not intimidated by the darker side of humanity. He has an intimate familiarity with the criminal defense now too. And he has name recognition.

Ex-NYPD Officer Gilberto Valle was once convicted of conspiring to murder (as in, to cook and eat) his wife; the conviction was later overturned, as the judge felt Valle was simply writing about his fantasies online. Valle was however, convicted of illegally accessing a police database, a minor crime that carried less than a year in jail and likely wouldn't be an automatic bar to the bar.

The bar? That may be exactly what the so-called "Cannibal Cop" has in mind, reports the New York Daily News.

A couple of weeks ago, I was watching my dear Kansas City Royals run through yet another team in the playoffs (we won't talk about last night) when I noticed a curious sight: Amidst a sea of blue paraphernalia, there was a lone man in neon Florida Marlins orange. And not only was he wearing the gear of a team that was nowhere near the playoffs, but he had a front-row seat directly behind the catcher.

Weird. And when I looked at Twitter, he was on the "Trending" list.

It happened again last night, much to the chagrin of Royals team officials. Once again, in the sea of blue, was Marlins Man in his neon orange jersey and hat. This time, because it was the World Series, "Marlins Man" attracted even more attention from the media.

Who is "Marlins Man"? He's a worker's compensation attorney from Florida who might just hold the record for the most playoff and championship sports games attended.