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Told you we're screwed.

We're the many, the sad, the Class of 2011. And ladies and gents, we are rock bottom, at least in terms of employment.

That being said, from the data released last week, any gains over last year were modest, and those were barely above the year before, so while 2011 may mark the low point for law graduates, 2013 is barely a hair better.

How bad is it? We'll have our fingers crossed for my dear brother, a member of the Class of 2017.

Young lawyers under the age of 36 listen up! You have one more day to apply for the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division Scholarship. Just like your taxes, the scholarship application is due tomorrow.

Designed to encourage participation by minority attorneys, or attorneys in the private sector, military service, solo/small firm, or government in the Young Lawyers Division of the ABA, the YLD scholarship program gives priority to applications with a desire to be actively involved in the Young Lawyers Division, and who require financial assistance.

In a recent interview on NPR, Shankar Vedantam shared a theory on why men outnumber women in business school, and eventually later in the c-suite. And, surprisingly, it may have to do with ethics -- or the lack thereof.

Vedantam spoke with Professor Laura Cray, of the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business, and discussed a few studies she conducted regarding the gender gap in ethical considerations and negotiations. In her studies, she's made two findings, "What I found is firstly that men tend to have more lenient ethical standards than women, and secondly, that negotiators are more likely to tell a blatant lie to a female counterpart than a male counterpart."

Ok, I can hear it coming: "What does this have to do with us? We're in law school." Or, "we're lawyers, not MBAs." What does this have to do with you? Everything -- here's why.

We've all heard about the gender pay gap, and we've all heard the advice: lean in. According to Sheryl Sandberg, in her book "Lean In," she encourages women to negotiate their salaries and titles, and attributes much of the lag in women's pay to women not negotiating for themselves.

But some studies are finding that leaning in can actually hurt women, including a study conducted by professors Hannah Riley Bowles and Linda Babcock. Women negotiating their salary can be seen as aggressive by employers, and as Professor Babcock explains, "The research could not be more clear in that we tolerate more aggressive or assertive behavior by men more than women," reports The New York Times.

Looks like someone took my advice.

Just kidding. They probably never read the post. But we do applaud the two law students' ingenuity and time management skills. When we were in law school, there wouldn't have been enough time to revolutionize email in between classes and cocktails studying.

Revolutionize email? It seems so, if Pluto Mail can deliver. The law student-created startup promises to have unsending, editing (after sending), and auto-expiring features, all of which sound enticing to anyone who has ever accidently sent an email with an unfortunate typo or accidental recipient.

The Colorado Supreme Court released a decision Monday allowing Colorado lawyers to provide legal services to marijuana businesses.

Since the Rocky Mountain State opened its first retail pot shop in January, lawyers have been antsy about whether taking on "green" clients would rub up against the state's ethical rules. More than three months later, the Colorado High Court (cough) reported lawyers "may counsel clients regarding the validity, scope, and meaning" of the state's pot laws, reports Reuters.

Is there still room to be paranoid, or should Colorado lawyers mellow out?

Once upon a time, I read a handful of books on running my own practice. In one of these books, the author recommended taking a daily walk around town to enhance your visibility in the community. The thought was, in sight, in mind, or something to that effect. Except, in certain parts of certain cities, you are far more likely to be mugged than to be hired by a paying client. Besides, who has time to exercise mid-day?

Here's a different idea: add your name to a directory that has over 1.5 million visitors per month. Yep, that would be FindLaw's Lawyer Directory, which has been around for ten years and is still the most trafficked directory out there. And best of all, it's ridiculously easy to get started.

In the latest episode of "Women and Body Shaming in the Legal Industry" we have a slide from a memo presented by Loyola Law School's externship director to law students, which Above the Law shared. It says, in relevant part: "I really don't need to mention that cleavage and stiletto heels are not appropriate office wear (outside of ridiculous lawyer TV shows), do I? Yet I'm getting complaints from supervisors ... "

Look, I'm not going say that I'm immune from this -- I've given my share of fashion advice on this blog (for summer associates, OCI interviews and office parties). But, I'd like to think I did it in a reasoned, low-key manner -- and oh yeah, this is a blog -- it's written in part for entertainment, and is not the same as advice from your school, employer, or judge for that matter.

Solos, what's the hardest part of running your own practice?

It's not the billing, practice management, local rules, or even opposing counsel. And though you're a recent graduate with little to no experience, you'll pick up the nuances of the law as you go.

No, the hardest part of running your own firm is getting clients in the door. You'll get some referrals, a desperate friend or two, and maybe some court-appointed work, but if you want to thrive, rather than survive, you'll eventually need a bigger client base than friends and family.

If you do one thing, one easy thing, to market your solo practice, it should be to sign up for the FindLaw Directory.

Shocker: Money Can't Buy Happiness in The Legal World

A recent study by a Florida State University law professor and University of Missouri psychology professor revealed that lawyers making a lot of money in a "prestigious" job are less happy than those working in public service positions, according to the ABA Journal.

We're shocked.

It's ingrained in our minds during law school that grades, honors, and awards are everything when it comes to achieving that dream job in the legal world -- but what happens when you get that big, fat paycheck, and you still aren't happy?