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By now we all know the social media basics. Don't post anything offensive online. Don't berate your professors, politicians, peers on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat. Don't skip work then tweet about how sweet the surfing is today, brah.

And now, here's another one: be careful what you retweet, for a single impolitic retweet could jeopardize your legal career.

In September, 2015, news broke that Volkswagen had been using illegal 'defeat devices' on its diesel cars in order to evade emissions tests. In a matter of days, the German car company was swamped by lawsuits. While the government's VW investigation continues to play out, the consumer class action was settled last October, when U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer approved a $10 billion package as part of a total $15 billion deal settling civil claims.

It was the largest class action settlement in history and the attorneys involved have walked away with a pretty penny themselves. Last Friday, Judge Breyer awarded $175 million in attorney's fees and costs to the plaintiffs' lawyers, Courthouse News Service reports.

Most Expensive Law Schools in 2017

Did you ever want something really expensive, you just had to have it no matter how much it cost?

Like buying a new car, you bit the bullet, made the first payment and drove off without looking back. It didn't matter how much it actually cost -- interest payments, depreciation, taxes, fees, or whatever.

Now consider a purchase that cost between $100,000 and $250,000. Unless you are independently wealthy or have a full-ride scholarship, maybe you should slow down a little on this decision.

This is about law school and how much you are prepared to spend. Buckle up, Dorothy, we're not in Kansas anymore.

How to Get Your Law School Application Quickly Rejected

On the spectrum of lies, maybe lying on your law school application is somewhere between lying to your kids about Santa Claus and lying to your spouse about where you were last night.

One lie could result in disappointment and the other could get you killed. Actually, lying on your law school application could do a little of both. It'll be disappointing when the law school withdraws its acceptance letter, and it could kill your chances of becoming a lawyer in the future.

The big problem with telling a lie -- besides it being one of the deadly sins -- is that it seems like it always comes out at the worst time. But it only seems that way because it is always wrong to lie and it is the quickest way to get your law school application rejected. Let us count some ways:

Former Harvard Lawyer Sentenced to 40 Years for 'Gone Girl' Kidnapping

Where to begin the twisted tale of the Harvard lawyer who will be in prison for a very long time ...

The case of Matthew Muller, summa cum laude, is some kinda story. It twists and turns so strangely, like a snake having a seizure, it is hard to wrap your head around it.

From the beginning to the end, it aches of tragedy. A promising lawyer lost in mental disease; an innocent woman abandoned by police; a community in shock and literal disbelief. That's where we will start: the middle.

Clever, subtle, cutting judicial citations are nothing new. The Ninth Circuit's recent opinion halting President Trump's travel ban is a perfect example, full as it was of citations to cases like Ex parte Endo (leading to the end of Japanese internment) and Texas v. United States (halting President Obama's immigration reforms.) There are the sorts of smack downs by way of the Blue Book that make judicial writing a treat.

But there's another, more interesting citation style trending among the judiciary lately: clever, unexpected cites to unexpected, perhaps incongruous, pop culture touchstones, be they 80s sitcoms or horror movie classics.

It's not often that courts provide us with insight into sexual intercourse. But yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court shed some much-needed light on that topic.

If you're looking for some tips into the arts erotic, though, this isn't the case to turn to. (I don't believe such a case exists, but correct me if I'm wrong.) Rather, this is a case of statutory interpretation, one that forced the court to decide whether "sexual intercourse" was limited to good ol' penile-vaginal fornication or covered the gay kind of lovemaking as well.

When it comes to gaming, not all the action is on the casino floor -- nor is it all in Las Vegas. The domestic casino and gaming industry is highly regulated and massive, taking in more than $70 billion in revenues every year. That means plenty of opportunities for legal professionals who are as good at the law as they are at poker. (Unless you, like me, are terrible at poker. Then you'll need to be better.)

So, as part of our affiliate relationship with indeed, we're gathering up the best gaming-related jobs we could find. Get ready to roll the dice on these careers.

Billionaire Lobbied for Gorsuch's Nomination to the Appeals Court

So what's wrong with a judge having a billionaire for a friend?

Nothing, but there are a billion reasons that people may wonder when it comes to a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Actually, that's not possible because there are only 325 million people in the United States.

However, there are more than 1,000 cases in which Neil Gorsuch recused himself while on the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals because of possible conflicts. And more than 50 of those cases involved companies with ties to Philip F. Anschutz, a billionaire who lobbied for Gorsuch to become a member of the federal appeals court.

You went to law school imaging a career as a battle-worn litigator, perhaps, or a civil rights defending Supreme Court advocate. Or maybe you would have just been happy with doc review as a BigLaw associate. The pay is good, after all.

But you and law school just didn't click. Now, you're calling it quits. What could come next? Here are a few ideas, taken from the FindLaw archives.