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Students Fighting, Beating Loans in Court

Judges across the country are throwing out collection suits against students, wiping out their debt because private lenders lost critical paperwork.

Other students are suing the government for reneging on the promise to forgive student loans, while some are suing their law schools for leading them into debt without delivering on education.

The litigation reflects a trend as an unprecedented number of graduates are taking action to deal with a problem almost every law student must face: how to get away from crushing student debt?

When it comes to helping close friends, family, or colleagues, attorneys can often be tempted to get around the law, rather than follow the law. The line between zealous advocacy and criminal activity is usually pretty clear. But, so long as that activity doesn't add up to moral turpitude, it's all good, right?

Sadly, no matter how difficult it is to find a good legal assistant, paying someone to lie to the immigration authorities and to marry your legal assistant clearly crosses the line of turpitude. Based on the admission of one "Person A," a Texas lawyer is now facing a federal indictment for allegedly paying "Person A" to marry his legal assistant in order to allow her to continue working.

Why Aren't STEM Majors Going to Law School?

What is it with lawyers and math?

It's one of the oldest jokes in the profession that lawyers went to law school because they were no good at math. As it turns out, it's no joke.

According to statistics, math students score the highest on law school admission tests but relatively few go to law school. At a time when law school admissions are down, it is an unsettling fact that the smartest students are going into other professions.

If you always wanted to move to a particular big city, choosing a law school located there could be a great way to start laying down your roots. In addition to potentially meeting some local students, professors, and lawyers, it'll be simple to network among your motley class of transplants from different cities and states, who probably also have dreams of laying down their own roots in the city.

It really depends on what you want for your career. Often, once your licensed in a state, changing locations might be more difficult than you might expect.

Lawyer on the Lam Spotted in New Mexico

Attorney Eric Conn, awaiting his sentence for a $550 million disability fraud scheme, was not about to trade in his pinstripes for prison stripes.

Before he got to the courthouse, he cut-off his ankle monitor and kept on driving. He had planned it long before authorities figured out he was cheating the system.

"In fairness to the FBI I had a year to plan for this," he said in a fax two weeks later.

Career Tips If You Want to Practice Music Law

In the midst of World War II, songwriters Harold Adamson and Jimmie McHugh popularized the expression "on a wing and prayer."

They wrote several patriotic songs during the war, prompting President Truman to award them the Presidential Certificate of Merit. It was all good, except that they borrowed the "wing and a prayer" lyric from an earlier John Wayne movie.

It's a snapshot of history that illustrates something about the world of music law: it can be a glamorous business where your chances for success sometimes depends on fighting and a bit of luck.

Judge Hilary Green of Houston, Texas, was recently suspended after confirming allegations of illegal drug use, sexting with her bailiff, and illicitly taking prescription drugs. While the suspension is temporary, pending the final outcome of her case before the Texas Supreme Court, her own admissions are rather damning.

In her responses to written questions from the state's judicial council, Judge Green admits to taking marijuana, ecstasy, and cough syrup. In a deposition of her former "boyfriend," Claude Barnes, he details that Green also used cocaine and hired prostitutes. Barnes filed a complaint with the judicial commission allegedly after finding out that Green had been lying to and cheating on him. Along with Barnes' complaint, other allegations of judicial misconduct in actual proceedings surfaced, which Green contends are related to the nasty divorce she was a party to.

Associate Hiring to Increase Soon, Law Firm Leaders Say

Law firm leaders expect more rain in the making for the rest of the year, according to a new survey.

Citi Private Bank announced the results from a poll of 157 law firms, largely from the top 200 law firms in the nation. They forecast more opportunities for new associates, also.

But optimism was statistically guarded, as only 51 percent of the respondents expressed confidence that the rest of the year will be considerably better. Other reports suggest the future is partly cloudy.

Law Schools Want Statement on GRE

Most law schools want the American Bar Association to say whether they should accept the graduate record exam in lieu of the law school admissions test.

According to a recent survey of 120 law schools, 61 percent of the respondents said the ABA should make a statement about the GRE. Traditionally, the bar association has approved only the LSAT.

"The ABA is the accrediting body of law schools," said one law school admissions officer in the telephone survey. "It would be helpful to get their sense of the GRE."

Law School Offers Degree in Government Contracting and Purchasing

The University of Dayton School of Law is offering a master's degree in government contracting and purchasing.

It is a rare offering because apparently only one other law school has comparable programs. George Washington School of Law awards degrees in government procurement and contracts, the ABA Journal reported.

For Dayton, a Catholic university, it is also a blessing for law school graduates who are struggling to find employment in a tough job market.