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Chemerinsky Named Law Dean at Berkeley: What Are His Priorities?

Constitutional law expert and educator Erwin Chemerinsky will be the new dean at UC Berkeley School of Law, taking on economic challenges that have impacted law schools everywhere and hoping to leave behind a sexual harassment controversy that had tarnished the storied educational institution.

Chermerinsky, who is currently dean of UC Irvine School of Law, brings with him the experience of launching that law school nine years ago. He is a career educator, having taught at several law schools, including Duke and USC, and having published 10 books and hundreds of law review articles.

"We must do all we can to serve our students and prepare them to practice law at the highest level of the profession," he said in a press release. "Berkeley should aspire to be one of the top five law schools in the country, by any and every measure."

Tips for Adapting to Law Firm Culture

Ever gone somewhere, like another country, and tried to adapt to a foreign culture?

Maybe you had to learn a language, or at least a few phrases, to get around. The food, the dress, the music -- everything that made it interesting also made it a challenge to fit in.

That's what it's like when you enter a new law firm culture. You want to get along with your co-workers, and the last thing you want to be is a tourist.

Best Time to Get Married During Law School

From the annals of law school posts, we perused dozens of student missives about when is the best time to get married during law school.

The consensus answer was to do it during a winter break or early summer, but definitely not before finals or taking the bar exam. Of course, a few said there is no good time during law school to get married.

And then there were some gems, which say more about how prospective lawyers think than anything about the romance of a white wedding.

Entering the Ring on the First Day of Work

In professional boxing, fighters usually start the first round by touching gloves and lightly jabbing for a few minutes. Nobody comes out swinging for the fences in the first round. It is more like a fencing match, as opponents parry to ward off blows and gauge their distance.

It is a tried and true strategy to size up your competition in the first three minutes of a fight. It's a good idea when starting a new job at a law firm, too.

Who Is the Special Counsel Investigating Trump?

President Trump lashed out on Twitter at the appointment of a special counsel to investigate ties between his campaign and Russian officials.

"With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel [sic] appointed!" Trump raged. "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!"

So who is this special prosecutor, and why is the president so upset? The answer to both questions centers on one person: Robert S. Mueller.

Law School Closures Mounting

All good things must come to an end, and so do some bad things -- even law schools.

Since the economy began to push down law school enrollments about seven years ago, the impact has trickled down in a series of law school changes and closures. While the pressure has helped some educators find new ways to attract and retain students, others have looked for solutions in all the wrong places.

Lowering admission standards, misleading students, and otherwise reneging on the law school promise, the dross has dropped out. Here's a list of the good, the bad and the ugly in law school changes and closures:

Why It's Important to Make Friends in Law School

Making friends in law school is sort of like how kids made alliances in the Hunger Games.

If you don't know the story, the kids were pitted against each other in a life-or-death game. To win, only one could survive but it was a good strategy to make alliances with other competitors along the way.

That's law school, right? Except that everybody lives at the end of...well, at least the end of the first semester, hopefully.

Leadership 101: Things You May Not Have Learned in Law School

If you didn't see "Leadership for Lawyers" in your law school curriculum, that's probably because it wasn't there.

But it should be, according to some educators. In a time when fewer people consider law school as an option, says one scholar, more law students and law schools should develop leadership skills.

"It is a moment of transformational change, calling for leadership in many nonprofit, government and business communities," says David G. Delaney, a senior fellow at the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security, Francis King Carey School of Law.

Ex-Foley Partner Charged with Insider Trading

What is it with lawyers who can't keep client information confidential?

Are some secrets so compelling they just have to be disclosed, a la Eric Snowden revealing how the federal government was snooping on Americans' email? Or is it because some confidentiality agreements violate public policy, like settlements in products liability cases that conceal dangers to consumers?

In the case of another BigLaw attorney, not so much. Walter "Chet" Little, a former partner at Foley & Lardner, allegedly used confidential information to make money. He apparently made more than $320,000 in the process.

Law Student Caught Using Invisible Ink to Cheat

It's hard to know the difference between right and wrong sometimes, especially when you're taking a law school exam.

But using invisible ink to cheat? That's just wrong. And how do you even do that? Talk about blurring the line between the answers...

According to authorities in England, cheating has become a serious problem in higher education. One law student smuggled notes into an exam by writing them on her textbook in invisible ink. Then she used a tiny black light on her pen to see them during the test.

"Is it just a minor thing? No, it is a serious problem," Lord Mike Storey told a parliamentary committee. "What about the number who are not caught?"