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The holiday season is now in full swing, and while it is, arguably, the best time of year, for non-retail businesses, working professionals, and law students, it is also one of the most challenging. This is due to the fact that along with all the celebrations and festiveness, and individuals taking vacations, productivity (for some easily explainable reason) seems to go right out the window. This seasonal phenomenon is often referred to as 'holiday-it is.'

Generally, this phenomenon is characterized by individuals sloughing off work, being disorganized, or working in a "countdown mode" of sorts. Everyone's basically just trying to get to and through the end of the year, mostly by coasting and enjoying the parties and lax holiday attitudes. Below, you can learn to get through it in two simple steps.

While it sure 'tis the season, for law students, 'tcan feel like 'tis torture! Why, oh just why, must holiday parties and final exams be in such close proximity? 'Tis like some sort of reasonably prudent person hell: The choice between a fun night out with your peers and studying for your contracts final two weeks away is as sketchy a decision as that darned Carbolic Smoke Ball case.

If you're as confused as the UCC, you might benefit from a break, but is a holiday party what you need? After all, a spa day, a day of video gaming, hitting the gym and having a fruit cup, or just binge watching a show or two, could be a more beneficial use of your limited time, depending on your personality and needs.

Below, you'll find some thoughts on whether 'tis worth it to take that study break to attend a law school holiday party.

Law Schools Offer Big Discounts for Top LSAT Scores

Some lawyers went to law school to avoid math, but you can't ignore the math if you are thinking about law school now.

Many schools have begun giving deep discounts to students who score high on their law school admission tests. According to reports, top LSAT scorers could see "as much as $100,000 tuition discounts."

It's part of the law school economy, as educators look for ways to boost dwindling enrollments. Tuition discounts may make more sense than dollars.

Will U of Illinois Absorb John Marshall Law School?

John Marshall Law School may become part of the University of Illinois at Chicago, at the same time showing how legal education is changing at the speed of a mouse-click.

UCI Chancellor Michael Amiridis made the announcement electronically with a link to frequently asked questions that educators composed and answered even before the announcement. The FAQ's reveal the university and the law school have been earnestly studying a partnership for the past 16 months.

"The preliminary conclusion of this study was that it would be financially feasible for JMLS to become a part of UIC," the website says.

If you're a lawyer or law student that is, or is on the cusp of being, technologically savvy, then you're probably on Twitter. After all, if there's a place to show potential clients that you are cool, woke, with it, or that you can, at very least, dig it, you should probably be there. Social media is exactly the sort of place where you can do just that.

There's no need to solicit clients or say you're available for business. Just being there, being a real person, and positively interacting with others can result in some serious social media marketing gains. The general public doesn't see lawyers as regular humans, so social media can go a long way to humanize individual lawyers. However, there are definitely ethical, public relations, and career considerations to think about every time you tweet, post, or decide to joke about a sensitive topic. Just ask Justice Don Willett, Twitter's most popular tweeting judge, who nearly had his tweeting bird cooked during his recent Senate confirmation hearing.

Not all lawyers take the same path to getting licensed. Fortunately for those that take the road less travelled, a decision from Supreme Court for the state of Washington might help to provide some clarity as to when the road less travelled becomes the road from which there's no coming back. In short, the court ruled that a former inmate, who is now a law grad and Skadden Fellow recipient, can actually sit for her state's bar exam.

Previously, the moral character and fitness review board had denied the accomplished grad the chance to sit for the bar exam. However, after appealing the decision, where over 100 individuals and organizations joined as amicus in support, the state's highest court reversed the review board's decision.

GRE Law Schools on the Rise

So where did this wave -- law schools accepting the GRE instead of the LSAT -- come from?

It started last year with James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. The announcement rocked legal educators like sailors on a ship; they were unsteady but also excited about a change in the weather.

When Harvard Law School jumped in this year, the swell quickly picked up. With two more law schools diving in the same week, suddenly everybody wants to ride the GRE wave.

A real-life, actual drug, DUI, traffic, family, business litigation, personal injury and real estate lawyer from New Jersey was recently arrested for possession of pure MDMA and trespass. And while drug lawyers get arrested all the time on drug charges (nothing unusual there), this guy's charges are a bit more unique than the usual drug lawyer drug bust.

The attorney was found by police asleep and disoriented in his car, in someone else's driveway, sans pants, and wearing a black shirt and black high heel shoes. And if that wasn't odd enough, his description matched an earlier report where a man wearing no pants and high heels barged into another person's home, seemingly (hopefully) by mistake. Though one can only hope that he barged in fabulously, thankfully he left without further incident at the residence after realizing it was not the right place.

Valparaiso Law School Suspends Admissions

Rumors of the demise of Valparaiso University School of Law have been slightly exaggerated.

According to reports, the law school is closing its doors. That's true, but not right now.

The law school is closing its doors only to new admissions. So it's not over -- yet.

Do you pine for a simpler life away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Are you still buried in law school loans? Well, as has been suggested before, taking up practice in a rural area might be for you. Also, you may be in luck if the state of Wisconsin passes a new bill that would offer to help repay law school loans for lawyers that take up rural practice there.

The new bill promises to provide up to $20,000 per year toward student loan debt for Wisconsin lawyers that practice in counties with less than 25,000 residents and accept court-appointed cases. Notably, Wisconsin is not the only rural state to consider offering lawyers incentives to practice there in rural areas, and a few already do.