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If you're as comfortable watching a runway as you are drafting a contract, or as familiar with department stores as you are with the civil procedure, maybe it's time to look for a job in fashion and retail law.

As part of our affiliate partnership with Indeed, and just in time for Paris Fashion Week, we're bringing you the three coolest jobs we could find.

It's been a bumpy ride for American Apparel, the Los Angeles-based retail chain. American Apparel stores exploded across the country in the early 2000s, quickly becoming the go-to place for American made t-shirts and hipster spandex leggings. That growth was fueled in part by the image of Dov Charney, American Apparel's founder and ex-CEO, who seemed capable of spawning sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits almost as adeptly as fawning magazine pieces. The company struggled through an IPO, closed dozens of stores, and hasn't turned a profit since 2009.

Now, after firing Charney in 2014 and emerging from bankruptcy in February, the company is attempting to right the ship by shaking things up once again. Chelsea Grayson, a former BigLaw partner and American Apparel's current general counsel, is scheduled to transition into the role of CEO in early October, Woman's Wear Daily reports.

When Kirkland & Ellis sent a junior associate to a status conference, Eastern District of New York Judge Nicholas Garaufis had a bit of a fit. For the BigLaw firm to send an associate instead of a partner, for it to "think so little of this court," was "outrageous, irresponsible, and insulting," Garaufis said. Then he refused to continue the conference. "I've been a lawyer for 41 years and a judge for 16 years and I'm not having this discussion with you," he told the Kirkland associate, according to the New York Daily News.

But Garaufis may be the exception, not the rule. While young associates have been increasingly shut out of court in recent years, working more as glorified law clerks than litigators, some judges are making a point to demand fresher blood in the courtrooms.

Nine people were wounded in a mass shooting outside a Houston mall yesterday morning. The gunman wore a military uniform decorated with Nazi symbols as he opened fire on passing cars, according to witnesses, until he was killed in a shootout with police.

Houston's mayor, Sylvester Turner, identified the shooter as Nathan DeSai, 46, a "disgruntled" attorney. "He was either fired or had a bad relationship with [his] law firm," Turner said.

The American Bar Association won't lose its ability to accredit new law schools, at least not in the immediate future. The Department of Education informed the bar association last week that it was rejecting a recommendation that it suspend the ABA's power to accredit new law schools for a year.

In June, the National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and Integrity had recommended the accreditation suspension, after criticizing the association for failing to pay sufficient attention to student achievement. No law schools had lost their accreditation over the past five years, NACIQI noted, and the ABA had continued to accredit new law schools -- even as tuition rose, student success dropped, and the number of legal jobs shrank.

Indiana Tech School of Law opened in 2013, touting its emphasis on practical skills and "synergistic" approach to cross-disciplinary studies. It graduated its first class of J.D.s just this May, just 20 in all. Of that 20, only 12 sat for the bar exam in Indiana. Of that twelve, only one passed. That's a pass rate of only 8.33 percent, just slightly higher than the interest rates on those grads' student loans.

The school was granted provisional accreditation just this March, but its poor showing on the bar exam should have students and administrators wondering about its future.

Law schools excel at teaching the theory of law but not exactly its practice. You can spend years learning some of the nation's most important legal precedents and discussing obscure points of jurisprudence, but if you want to put that knowledge in to practice, you're going to need to get some experience.

Thankfully, you don't have to wait till you've graduated to start getting some experience in how law is actually practiced. Here are some ways to get your feet wet as a law student.

Scores of bar exam takers in Georgia were told that they had failed when they actually passed. According to the Georgia Supreme Court, 90 bar exam takers were told that they had failed the July 2015 or February 2016 tests when they had in fact passed. That means that some of the test takers had to wait more than a year to find out that, whoopsie, they hadn't failed the bar after all.

Now those once-future lawyers are doing what lawyers do: suing the company that scored the exams.

You don't have to give up your rock and roll dreams just because you're a lawyer. In fact, the two can merge quite nicely. No, we're not talking about starting up a band with a few fellow esquires. (A psychedelic group called "Res Ipsa," maybe? A 90's cover band that goes by "In REM?") We're talking about a job in the music industry.

So, as part of our affiliate program with Indeed, we're bringing you the coolest, most chart-topping legal jobs we can find this week, all in the field of Music Law.

It's a rite of passage for thousands of lawyers: pulling 10- to 12-hour days slaving away as an associate attorney, being woken up at 2 a.m. with questions about some urgent matter, going weeks without taking a day off. But the BigLaw life isn't the same up top, where plenty of partners can still pull in hefty sums while fitting in plenty of time on the golf course.

Indeed, apparently the partner life has gotten so relaxed over at DLA Piper, the world's third biggest firm, that partners are now required to submit daily time sheets, proving that they've worked at least seven-and-a-half hours a day.