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Practicing law doesn't have to be boring. In fact, it can be downright exciting -- and we're not just talking, "yeah, I just destroyed those negotiations" excitement, we're talking "Holy #$@&! I just used a flaming sledgehammer to destroy a tombstone in the middle of the Super Bowl" exciting.

So, if you want a bit more action in your life, get your resumes ready. As part of our affiliate relationship with Indeed, we're bringing you the coolest, most exciting and adrenaline filled, legal jobs this week.

The bar exam is over -- done, finished, completed, closed, past. If you're lucky, this will be the last time you have to worry about (or even think about) that test ever again.

So, what comes next? Here are five things to do now that you've survived one of the law's greatest crucibles.

Donald Trump isn't getting along with his former ghostwriter, these days. Tony Schwartz, the co-author of Trump's 1987 memoir "The Art of the Deal," has taken to campaigning against the presidential candidate, going on national TV to call him "impulsive and self-centered." The man who helped create the Donald Trump myth is now working actively against it, arguing that Trump is unfit to lead the country and claiming full credit for his famous memoir.

But enough about Trump and Schwartz. In this battle between a bellicose presidential contender and a famous ghostwriter, the best lines are being exchanged by their lawyers.

Lawyer Conned Boss for 14 Years, Built Luxury Homes With 'Earnings'

Ex patent attorney Jason Throne has been ordered to pay fines to the tune of $4.84 million and spend a little under six years in federal prison following 14 years of conning his boss. In a word, the high flying patent attorney billed his employer Hunter Douglas with phony bills and used his wife's name to do it.

This case is a reminder to large firms to conduct thorough due diligence, otherwise you too could find yourself paying for an aerobics instructor's "expertise."

Saul Goodman isn't exactly the type of lawyer most of us aspire to be. Goodman was made famous as the desperate, slimy, and completely endearing attorney in "Breaking Bad." Played by Bob Odenkirk, Goodman was the bumbling accomplice to Walter White's meth-making mastermind. And the character was so popular he got his own spin-off, in the form of "Better Call Saul," a prequel which chronicles the ways a down-on-his-luck lawyer remains very much down on his luck.

But Saul Goodman has become an unlikely inspiration to many lawyers, at least when it comes to advertising. As the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog points out, "Better Call [Me]" has become a recurrent template for attorney advertising.

High-Ranking Law Schools in America's Cheapest Cities

Do you pride yourself in finding the best deals or stretching your dollar out to its limits? Then you might want to take a look at this list showing some of America's "cheapest" cities by living expenses that featured law schools as highly ranked as the University of Texas. It's a list that will surely give you "bang for the buck" types something to think about.

We'll cover some other interesting aspects of the lists here.

You can't throw a Bluebook without hitting a legal podcast, these days. Of course, there's "Serial," last year's breakout hit that explored the murder of Hae Min Lee, earning more than 5 million downloads on iTunes. (Let's not talk about the disappointing second season.) And there's also "More Perfect," an attempt to recapture the "Serial" magic by telling the tales behind some of the Supreme Court's most famous decisions.

But it's not just NPR spin-offs that are proliferating. Plenty of BigLaw firms are jumping on the bandwagon as well.

California Messed Up Its 'Baby Bar' and Traumatized Test Takers

News has gotten out that California's State Bar bungled the administration of its "baby bar" exam, adding to growing list of horror stories and scandals that hound the bar exam experience. This makes you wonder just how bad things can get before a reputation team is hired to burnish the bar exam's image.

In the meantime, those who've taken Cal's baby bar are enjoying a special kind of personal torment as they await the results of the test.

There are plenty of stories out there about lawyers behaving badly -- lawyers who murder, lawyers who are arrested on drug charges, while in court, lawyers who live double lives as prostitutes.

But it's not just attorneys who act out every now and then. There are plenty of judges who can give the worst lawyers a run for their money. Here are just a few, from the FindLaw archives.

Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs This Week: Patent Power

There's the lawyer -- and then there's the Silicon Valley patent lawyer.

Looking through our archives, there seems to be a lack of pieces done on jobs for lawyers who managed to summon the will and dedication to pass the dreaded patent bar. So for this week, as part of our affiliate program with Indeed, we went out to find the coolest patent-related jobs that are taking applications right now.