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More than 50 days after she was nominated, Loretta Lynch was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday and became the nation's first African American, female attorney general. That wait was longer than the past seven most recent AGs combined, according to CNN, a result of a fight between President Obama and Republicans over the president's executive actions on immigration.

Who is Lorreta Lynch and how did she come to replace outgoing attorney general Eric Holder? Here's three things to know about the country's new AG:

We love judges, but sometimes, they rub us the wrong way with some bad habits they have in their opinions. Judicial decisions, especially from appellate courts, are working documents for trial and appellate lawyers, who have to cite them for precedent.

Unfortunately, judges can do things that make life tough for the lawyer on the street. We respectfully request that judges think twice before engaging in these practices.

Law schools have seen better days. Applications to law school continue to plummet, according to data from the Law School Admission Council, and the quality of applicants has declined apace. Lower enrollment has lead to lower law school income, leading to cuts in staff and -- what was once unthinkable -- even reductions in tuition rates.

Will law schools be able to turn their fortunes around?

Maybe you think your career has hit a dead end, or you've asked for a raise several times and been shot down. Perhaps what you imagined would be an exciting and challenging position has turned out to be not as great as expected. You might only be open to being poached, or actively sending out resumes, but fact is -- you're thinking about changing jobs.

So how do you know when the time is right to say goodbye to one job and find another?

Welcome to "First Week at the Firm," a new FindLaw feature for beginning associates, focused on helping you navigate the transition into firm life. We hope you'll enjoy this new series and come back regularly for more insider tips.

As you get settled into your new office, you should know that at a law firm, as in any organization, there are people who can get things done. Non-lawyer support staff have thankless jobs, but in reality, they often hold a lot of sway in terms of making your day easy or difficult.

It's up to you to reach out to the people, say hello, and stay on friendly terms. Here are three people you need to make friends with in your first week.

For the fifth year in a row, the number of entering law students with high LSAT scores has dropped, leading to hand-wringing concern that the lawyers of tomorrow won't be as smart as the lawyers of yesterday.

Indeed, less than half as many entering 1Ls had scores above 165 in 2015 as they did in 2010. Do America's best and brightest no longer want to be lawyers?

Happy Administrative Professionals Day! This is the day when you appreciate the person in your office who prints, copies, files, types, answers the phone, and handles your calendar logistics.

Don't worry, the actual day isn't until April 22. If you forgot about it, there's plenty of time to get a gift for your administrative professional.

Forget Bird Law; Weed Law is one of the hottest legal fields right now. As more states turn slowly towards legalization -- 23 states and D.C. allow medical marijuana, while four have fully legalized it -- many lawyers are looking to specialize in this growing (no pun intended) market.

So, do you have a future representing Mary Jane?

By now, you've figured out how you're supposed to use LinkedIn, but there are so many options these days (test scores? Really?), it's hard to know what to put on your profile. And who keeps "endorsing" you for things, anyway?

In order to keep your profile tidy, ethical, and professional, we've got some tips on what to do (and not do) on LinkedIn.

Lawyers are often married to their jobs. Some are also married to other people. There's no reason either marriage should be unhappy, though they are often at odds. Divorce rates among skilled professionals such as lawyers are high, though thankfully lawyers are nowhere near to top of the list, according to Bloomberg -- sorry paper-hangers and nurses.

So how are you supposed to keep winning in the courtroom while also winning in love? We've got a few ideas.