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What could be cooler than riding the Hyperloop, the pneumatic tube transit system promising to zip us around at airline speeds? Doing so with a Frosty and a side of fries. Or maybe working for the NBA. We'll let you decide.

We've got a motley crew of listings for this week's top coolest jobs, presented as part of our affiliate relationship with Indeed, but they share one thing in common: they are all pretty dang cool.

Relationships with lawyers aren't always the easiest. We've got big personalities, demanding jobs, crippling student debt -- and those are just the good parts.

But being a lawyer (or law student) doesn't need to mean being alone. To help you find someone to love -- and to make it work once you've found them -- here are our top relationship tips, from the FindLaw archives.

California Law School Deans Push Back at the Bar Exam

In the closing minutes of the Super Bowl this year, the Falcons sealed their fate when they made a critical mistake: they punted.

To punt -- such a well-known expression you don't have to know football to know what it means -- is to put off taking action in the face of a difficult situation. For the Falcons, it meant to delay going forward when they were winning the game. In retrospect, they lost the game because of that untimely decision.

The same could be said for California law schools faced with the lowest bar pass rates in 32 years. Rather than move forward with changes in legal education, they have asked the State Bar to lower the minimum score for the bar exam. It is a critical moment for legal education in California.

Student debt isn't just for your 20s anymore. With more than $1.3 trillion dollars in outstanding student loan debt in the United States, more and more students are taking decades to pay off their loans.

Some student borrowers, according to the New York Times, are saddled with debt well into retirement. And almost 40 percent of those retirement-age student debtors see a portion of their Social Security checks garnished for student loan payments, even when those payments push them into poverty.

Will University of North Carolina Start a New Law School?

Once the largest law school in North Carolina, Charlotte School of Law's student population has fallen from 1,500 a decade ago to less than 300 this semester. The for-profit law school, now on probation for failing educational standards and sanctioned with no federal funding, may not survive into the summer. But as one law school dies, another may arise.

The University of North Carolina, the public university system, is considering whether to open a law school in Charlotte. The state system already has law schools at campuses in Chapel Hill and Durham, but had considered opening a law school in Charlotte before the for-profit school was accredited in 2011.

When you've got an environmental lawsuit, you call Earthjustice. Civil rights? The ACLU. And if you've experienced sexual assault in high school or college, you go to SurvJustice.

At least that's how 31-year-old attorney Laura Dunn wants it to be. An activist, lawyer, and survivor of campus sexual assault herself, Dunn founded SurvJustice to represent the rights of campus rape survivors. In just a few years, and on a tiny budget, Dunn and SurvJustice have been "credited with ushering in at least 120 federal investigations of schools around the country," according to a recent profile of the young lawyer by Buzzfeed.

Lawyer Convicted of Raping Unconscious Client With More Charges Pending

The young woman thought her lawyer was coming over to discuss a case. Instead, they drank and he raped her while she lay unconscious.

That was evil enough, resulting in felony rape and sexual assault convictions for Vincent A. Cirillo, Jr. The 57-year-old man, who awaits sentencing in a Pennsylvania courtroom, will probably spend the rest of his life in prison.

"It's unfortunate," he said as he left the courtroom in handcuffs.

If you're looking to make a change in your career, there are plenty of jobs out there. But not all of them are cool jobs, the kind of jobs that will bring you interesting work, around interesting people, in an interesting industry. These three are those jobs.

This week, as part of our affiliate relationship with Indeed, we're bringing you the three coolest legal jobs we can find, and they're a motley crew, covering everything from tech, to contract management, to professional ice hockey.

Life as a tenured academic in an ivory tower sounds nice, right? You don't have the stress of billable hours, ungrateful clients, angry opposing counsel. Instead, you get to research the fascinating intricacies of eleventh century forest law while taking summers off.

If that sounds like a dream come true, well, you might want to think again. Turns out, teaching law isn't all it's cracked up to be.

NY's Cheapest Private Law School: Syracuse

If you were going to flip a coin to choose a law school, you may want to save that coin and go to Syracuse University.

Syracuse College of Law is offering $20,000 scholarships to all admitted residents, effectively reducing tuition to $26,460 each year for qualified students. Unless another law school matches, it will be the least expensive private law school in the state.

"With over 5,000 New York state residents applying to law schools each year, this innovative program has the potential to positively impact a great number of students interested in attending Syracuse Law," said Grant Keener, interim assistant dean for enrollment management.