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Is the Law School Admission Test Discriminatory?

Anyone who's sat through the Law School Admissions Test knows that it's no walk in the park. But a group of prospective lawyers claim that it actually discriminates against people with disabilities.

The group isn't alone in their allegations. On Wednesday the U.S. Justice Department submitted a motion to intervene in the case on behalf of the plaintiffs.

The lawsuit claims that the test isn't just difficult; it's discriminatory against people with disabilities. If that claim is true, the Law School Admissions Council could be in trouble with the American's with Disabilities Act.

Clarence Thomas Doesn't Care About Law School Rankings Either

Law school rankings are a source of anxiety and stress for many law students. But at least one employer agrees that they shouldn't be so important. Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas has no time for them, he told students at University of Florida's Levin College of Law.

Justice Thomas denounced U.S. News & World Report for creating a discriminatory atmosphere in the legal job market. He compared the difficulty law students from lower ranked law schools face in the job market to struggles based on race and gender.

It's not just talk either. Justice Thomas backs up his statements with his actions.

Is Making Junior Partner Worth The Trouble?

The goal of most law firm associates is to make partner. But what about junior partner? Is that worth striving for too?

Obviously in some ways junior partner is a worthy title if only because it's the stepping stone to become a full or senior partner. For some, it may be a goal in itself.

Part of the problem is that the terms 'junior' and 'senior' partner don't necessarily have a standard across the legal industry. While they have the same general meaning, the details of how junior partners are treated and compensated varies among firms. It's those variations that dictate what 'junior partner' really means.

Summer Associate Hook Ups Could Lead to the White House

Dating between summer associates and law firm attorneys or partners has a certain ick-factor to it. There can be a large age gap and there's always the power dynamic that can make hook ups a bad idea.

In general inter-office dating can be a tricky field to navigate. If it goes poorly, you still have to see that person every day.

With summer associates, it gets even messier. In this economy, any summer associate is hoping for an offer. If they get involved in a relationship with a firm attorney and then don't get an offer, that may lead to a problem.

But not all relationships between summer associates and firm lawyers go poorly. Just ask the Obamas.

The 1L Summer Job Search (Unofficially) Starts Now

As a 1L, figuring out when to start your summer job search is tricky. You're still trying to keep up with your new schedule of reading, while trying to wrap your brain around new concepts like the much-dreaded Rule Against Perpetuities.

Your law school's career office likely won't even talk to you until Nov. 1, which makes it feel like you have fewer options for advice right now. But even without the career office, there is a lot of information out there that you can take advantage of.

Under rules set by the National Association for Law Placement, 1Ls can't explicitly contact potential employers about jobs until Dec. 1. But that doesn't mean you can't unofficially start talking to attorneys about the direction of your career and what jobs are out there.

Five of the Worst Law Partners We Know

Many people love to hate their boss, calling them 'the worst boss ever', especially if their boss is an overbearing law partner who keeps breathing down their neck. Sound familiar? If it doesn't we bet you know at least know someone who meets that description.

If you have the kind of boss that makes you celebrate the days they're out of the office, you can at least take comfort in knowing they probably aren't the worst ones out there.

Your boss could be like one of the top 5 worst partners we could find which would make your life much more unpleasant.

Before They Can Bill Hours, New NY Lawyers Must Do 50 Pro Bono Hours

New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman said he would make pro bono a requirement and as of Thursday that's the law of the land in the Empire State.

The rule makes aspiring New York lawyers complete 50 hours of pro bono work before they can be admitted to the New York State Bar Association. That's of course in addition to graduating from an accredited law school, passing the bar exam, the MPRE, and showing 'good moral character.'

The requirement will affect lawyers seeking admission in 2015 which means law students already have to hop-to if they don't want to delay their admission.

Lawyer Couple Claims Ex-Law Partner was Behind Bombing

Law partnerships don't always last but this one ended so badly that Beth and Thomas Darin Boggs believe their ex-law partner is behind a bomb that was detonated at their home.

The lawyer couple had a small firm called Boggs, Boggs, and Bates with Mark Bates until they allegedly found him forging documents and stealing from the firm. They claim there was some animosity between them when the law partners had to go their separate ways.

Then on October 1, 2010, two pipe bombs exploded at the Boggs's. Something led them to suspect Bates and now they've filed a civil suit against him.

To Hire Supreme Court Law Clerks, Firms Shell Out $500K

Being a law clerk in the Supreme Court is a prestigious enough job in itself but it seems that clerks are set after their term ends as well.

To woo this elite group, Big Law firms are shelling out top salaries plus hiring bonuses. Each year there aren't many clerks to go around which means firms that want them need to fight even harder to get them in the door.

The amount that they offer for clerks who sign-on to work with the firm is staggering on top of an already respectable salary.

The Fearsome Foursome: The Most Feared Law Firms

The four most feared law firms as reported by corporate in house counsel should not come as a surprise to anyone.

They also happen to be four of the largest law firms in the country and among the most well respected as well.

According to a survey by the BTI Consulting Group, the "fearsome foursome," in no particular order, include:

Lawyer's Drawn-Out Cartoon Argument in E-Book Case Goes Viral

Attorney Bob Kohn thought of an interesting way to prove a point in court -- he submitted a cartoon brief that took the form of a comic strip.

Kohn was faced with a court-mandated five-page limit to make a complicated point regarding eBooks and price-fixing. So instead of condensing all the words into the five pages, Kohn decided to let his pictures tell thousands of words.

Bob Kohn's cartoon brief appears to comply with all the requirements for submitting a brief -- he begins with a traditional table of contents, the font is 12-points or larger, and he has one-inch margins -- reports the ABA Journal.

It's just that there's a bunch of images with very few words.

Ex-Govt. Lawyers Shun BigLaw for Small, Boutique Firms

Lawyers who leave government service aren't necessarily going to BigLaw anymore; many are moving to small boutique firms instead.

For a long time big corporate firms were the next career step for government attorneys looking to get out of politics. But the economy hasn't just affected recent grads.

It's also decreased profits for large firms which makes them less attractive, reports the ABA Journal. Now it's the smaller firms that have the perks to attract top talent.

Why You Shouldn't Apply for Early Admission to Law School

It's only the second week in September and the law school application season is well under way. In fact, applications for early admission to law school may be due as early as next month.

But before checking that box for early law school admission, you better make sure that you really want to go to that school.

The decision to apply for early admission into law school is not a decision made lightly. There are definite pros to applying early. However, there are also a lot of cons as well, as reported by U.S. News and World Report:

7 Foods Lawyers Should Avoid in the Office, Courtroom

In the office and the courtroom it's important to be professional and look credible. But it's hard to carry that off when what you had for lunch is sending a different message.

As an intelligent adult you probably already know some foods to avoid, like garlic and onions during weekday lunchtime.

Those aren't the only foods that can cause trouble for you when you're trying to make your case. There are other foods to avoid if you don't want to look like a fool.

Quitting a legal job usually requires some finesse. In general, you'll want to give your employer ample notice, and you don't want to burn any bridges.

Then again, we can think of a few rare instances when you may just want to tell your boss to "take this job and shove it."

We're not here to advise you which route is best. But if you're hoping to leave a lasting impression when you quit, some pop-culture examples may come in handy.

Here are five memorable ways others have quit their jobs, in fiction and in real life:

Things Law Students Should Never Do on Social Media

Unlike high school or college students, law students have to be especially careful of what they post on social media sites.

When you were younger, social media was a great way to express your individuality and share your day-to-day experiences with friends.

But as you get older -- especially when you enroll in law school -- you should consider evolving your social media use to consider its ability to benefit or hurt your career prospects and how your potential clients view you.

Unlike in college, you are likely sitting next to your life-long colleagues in law school. Like it or not, these people may be a part of your professional life for as long as you are an attorney. For this reason, law students should consider these five things before posting anything on social media sites, as reported by Mashable:

Record $300M Attorneys Fees Pays Lawyer $35,000 Per Hour?

The Delaware Supreme Court affirmed a $300 million attorney fee award to two firms involved in a corporate takeover deal.

This award is one of the largest awards of attorney fees ever and came to represent a billing rate of roughly $35,000 per hour worked or 66 times the value of plaintiffs' lawyers time and expenses, reports The Wall Street Journal.

While these rates may seem outrageous, a Delaware judge got behind the backs of the much maligned attorneys -- and their attorney fees -- and basically said haters should stop hating.

Convicted Bank Robber Gets Gates Scholarship to Law School

Law students come from all walks of life but Shon Hopwood is probably one of the more interesting law students you'll meet.

Hopwood is at University of Washington on a full scholarship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is married and has two kids. He clerks for a federal district judge in Seattle. He published an award-winning book before coming to law school.

He is also a convicted bank robber and served more than nine years in prison, reports the ABA Journal. That's not even the most interesting thing about his legal career.

Newsflash: Terrorists Should Not Expect to be Admitted to the Bar

The job market is tough for lawyers but if you've been convicted of terrorism at any time in the past you may as well just give up on being admitted to the Bar.

If you think this advice is just too obvious you've probably got a good handle on the whole 'moral character' thing. But not everyone is so prepared.

Meet Parminder Singh Saini. His story isn't new but it should make feel better about your own chances of being admitted to the Bar come November.

How the University of Alabama Got Ranked 'Best' Law School

A list of the best law schools for bargain hunters was released by the The National Jurist and it looks nothing like the U.S. News and World Report list.

Instead, the National Jurist list looks more like the college football rankings with the University of Alabama topping the list of the best deals for law schools, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Also placing high on the list were Georgia, LSU, Wisconsin, and Nebraska. For basketball fans, Kentucky made it into the top ten.