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LSAT, Anyone?

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LSAT, October 1989: 36,804 takers.  LSAT, September 2009: 60,746 takers--the record highest number to ever take the LSAT on a single test date.

Considering the ratio of jokes about lawyers compared to jokes about all other professions--combined--the spike in the number of pre law test-takers is particularly surprising. 

So, we thought we'd take a moment to ponder, what's really going on here.

Here are our top 10 guesses for why more of you are taking the LSAT:

Crossing the Bar: To Try, Fight...And Succeed

Thanksgiving.  Turkeys, pumpkin pies, hot cider, and...California Bar Exam results.  The past weekend marked the release of Bar results from the July 2009 exam.  California Bar takers were able to log in on Friday evening to find out if their name was featured on the pass list and the results went 'world wide web' on Sunday.

Among the hundreds who passed the California Bar Exam was one particular student who you may recall from an earlier post here.  Sara Granda is a UC Davis Law grad who faced a number of hurdles just to make it to exam day.  An accident left her paralyzed from the neck down in her first year of college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo ten years ago.  But that didn't stop her from pursuing three higher education degrees, culminating with her J.D.

Because We (Still) Love Resume Humor...

So a few months ago we included a few resume gaffes that could have led to a smile, a chuckle, or a full on LOL.  Well, it's coming up on the end of the week, and we couldn't help but share another round.

All entries are from the witty team at Resumania.com.  We especially appreciate their quippy one-liners.  Enjoy & happy job-hunting, job-searching, and job-hiring!

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Public Interest Law Job Seekers: Public Do-Gooders, Post-J.D.

public interest law foundation.pngWe know your type.  You were the one in high school who volunteered on the weekends and probably even organized school-wide events that allowed students to interact with the community.  We wouldn't even be surprised if you wrote about it in your college application essay.   And it didn't stop there.  You went to college and continued your scrupulous and giving ways.  Joining organizations, launching initiatives to benefit those less fortunate around you.  Maybe you were a philosophical fiend, delving into theories of development and policy related to public welfare.


Would we be shocked if we found out you did some social program after undergrad? Not likely.  Volunteering abroad, Teaching for America, Peace Corp-ing, or otherwise finding under-the-radar ways to be of service.  And knowing you, you used the limelight to bring attention to the cause.

And then you went to law school.  And where your fellow classmates talked BigLaw and BigBucks, you kept using your laptop's calculator to figure out how you could pay back your student loans and still do non-profit work.

It's an affliction, really.  To anyone who told you you have a bleeding heart, you told them that every heart bleeds...it's just that we're often too preoccupied to notice.  Or to care.

But caring has never been a problem for you.  In fact, not caring is what really gets under your skin.

So now, there's you--this soul on the road to exaltation--and there's a law degree, a debt, and a crummy job market.  What does a person like you do? 

Here are our best guesses:

Is Making Partner Still the End Goal?

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They painted an enticing picture.  The law firm equivalent of blue-water beaches or endless rolling hills.  But here, the picture offered job security, leadership opportunity, hefty compensation, and maybe a corner office.  Ah, to make partner.

But for hardworking associates in the mix the question may arise, is the pinnacle of 'making partner' still the ultimate be-all end-all  goal?  Surprisingly, or maybe not at all, it depends.

Law School Outlines in 2.0 : What Wiki Can Do For You

Outlining for law school can be one of the most tedious and daunting tasks in studying for finals.  And though we can't change that, there may be a way to boost your outlining backhand.

laptop keyboardIf your social life has benefited from being on Facebook, you use Wikipedia as a reference resource, or you edit and collaborate on projects using Google docs, you may want to consider ways to 2.0 your law school toolkit.

Think wiki.

Why You're Glad You Took the U.S. Bar Exam

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Changing leaves, holiday music, and nippy weather aren't the only notable features of Fall.  It 'tis also the season for Bar exam results.  And if you took the July 2009 edition of the exam in Florida, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Texas to name a few...for better or for worse, you are in the know.  And for those still 'lying in wait' for the outcome of the post-law school trial, hang tight, in just a few short days or weeks you'll know whether the Bar exam chapter of your law diaries ends with "happily ever after" or "to be continued..."

Becoming certified to practice law in the U.S. usually involves three years of rigorous study.  Followed by a month of studying, sleepless nights, hyper-caffeination, and maybe even a little premature hair loss. And it all leads up to to a multi-hour or multi-day exam which tolls more of the same.  And the initial reward for finishing?  A three-month long wait. 

You might think we have it tough in the U.S., but before you pack up your bags (and law books) and ship off to greener law pastures abroad, there might be a thing or two to be thankful for...

F-Bombs and Rap Vernacular: Spicing Up Legalese

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I've noticed that it takes only a day of law school, or maybe just even an hour of orientation, for to-be attorneys to begin delighting in legal humor.  The humor starts light...a pun or two about torts, you know the low-hanging fruit.  And then it just ramps up from there...jokes about the "reasonable person" standard (who is that guy anyway), mockings on the overuse of "widgets" in virtually every Contract question, and afterborn children and unborn widows are just calling for witty comment.

So what happens to that razor-sharp edge once you graduate with your degree.  Sure, you can suppress it for awhile but eventually it's going to find its way out.

And we have two great examples to get your week started.

Above the Law, Beyond the Lawsuit?

Call it a case of piercing the blogging veil.  A University of Miami law professor is suing the popular online legal tabloid, Above the Law, for false light, invasion of privacy, and copyright infringement.  But before you lock up your keyboards, toss out your cordless mice, and renounce online social media as a form of communication, it may be worth your blogging dime to take a look closer look at the lawsuit.

First, the allegations.  The flame of controversy was sparked by the arrest of Professor Donald Marvin Jones of U of M law school on suspicion of soliciting an undercover officer for prostitution.  He pleaded not guilty to the solicitation charge, which was then dropped, accompanied by an expungement of the matter from the Professor's record.  But the irony of a professor of criminal procedure and author of a book on race, gender, and criminal implications being detained for possible solicitation did not escape the purview of the editorial legal blog.  Through a series of posts, Above the Law, poked fun at the incident and the professor, including posting a suggestive photographic collage.  The collage post was accompanied with a disclaimer.

111 Ways to Find Your Next Legal or Non-Legal Job

Unless the job finds you first, you are the one who will be charged with leading the search party for a new position. And "party" may be a bit of a euphemism. The peaks and troughs of being in the job search are enough to make you question, well, just about everything. Did you choose the right major in college, was your decision to go to law school solid, should you have done a different internship after 1L, is it okay to do something completely non law-related? Heck, you may find yourself wondering if you should have played kickball instead of climbing monkey bars during recess in first grade.

job search.jpgYou're a smart and talented person, and probably funny and personable too, should it be this hard to find a new job?

It is a tough economy. And even in a robust economy, finding the right socket to plug in your unique experience and education isn't always straightforward.  But it is possible. As the job market finds its feet, law firms, companies, the government, and non-profit organizations will likely be launching broader candidate searches.

So part of your search strategy involves being ready and knowing where to look.  And that is where this list comes in.  Check out the sometimes-serious, sometimes-humorous, always-possible ways to find your next legal or non-legal job. And with a 111 to pick and choose from, there should be at least a few that apply to you.  Whether actual, virtual, or otherwise, the possibilities will give you at least an idea of what might be printed on your next business card.

A special thank-you to colleagues and friends who contributed to the compilation.

Please note: This list is neither comprehensive nor is it exhaustive.  Mention of items or links to websites are for informational purposes and are not endorsements of the listed items.