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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.

Life as a Law Firm Partner: It's Not All Glory and Good Times

It's the undeniable goal of most lawyers to see his or her name affixed within the firm name. Who doesn't want to be partner? The ego, the prestige, the salary -- and of course, perks!

As it turns out, being a partner isn't desirable for everyone. Partners don't necessarily live the blessed lives young lawyers imagine. Also, there are good reasons to believe that the traditional partner-track model for lawyers may soon be a thing of the past.

Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs This Week: Copyright and Trademark

Maybe you're in that group of attorneys who always wanted to practice patent law, but couldn't because you were hampered by not having earned a B.S. in your undergrad years. And the thought of having to go back to school to earn enough science credits just so you can sit for the exam...? Agh, does it ever end?

Well, the next best thing for you IP types is copyright and trademark law. These IP areas don't require a patent attorney's license and you can start today. As part of our ongoing affiliate program with Indeed, we bring you these copyright and trademark jobs.

Want a Federal Clerkship? Go to These Schools.

Some law students dream of BigLaw riches. But another common ambition is the judicial clerkship, particularly the federal clerkship.

Well, everyone is all about stats and metrics these days so we thought we'd bring your attention to those schools which seem to be particularly talented at funneling their grads into federal clerkship seats. Take a look.

Best Law Schools for Getting Rich as a Lawyer

We get it, you want BigLaw despite advice that you should be careful what you wish for. You've made it your aim to get into some of the most corporate of firms, and now you want to know which schools will best increase your chances. After all, BigLaw is where the money's at.

After taking some of the stats from the American Bar Association, the folks over at Business Insider ran some comparisons against their own list in order to create a list with a second opinion, so to speak. Let's take a look at the top five schools for landing a high-paying BigLaw job.

Practicing law doesn't have to be boring. In fact, it can be downright exciting -- and we're not just talking, "yeah, I just destroyed those negotiations" excitement, we're talking "Holy #$@&! I just used a flaming sledgehammer to destroy a tombstone in the middle of the Super Bowl" exciting.

So, if you want a bit more action in your life, get your resumes ready. As part of our affiliate relationship with Indeed, we're bringing you the coolest, most exciting and adrenaline filled, legal jobs this week.

5 Myths About Law Students and Lawyers That Need to Stop

People tend to think in broad generalities and they can hardly be blamed for it. The public has its stereotypes about every profession, whether it be programmer, teacher, or doctor. As for lawyers, the stereotypes can be flattering at first, and a little annoying later on.

Here are a few generalities about lawyers a lot of people can't seem to shake.

Want to give back to the next generation, to make the world a better place for the youth? You can. And you don't even have to drop out of the law and take up a second career teaching disadvantaged youth in the inner city, despite your love for "Freedom Writers." (Or "Dangerous Minds," or "Stand and Deliver," or "To Sir, With Love," or "Blackboard Jungle," or even "Welcome Back, Kotter.")

There's plenty of ways you can use your J.D. to improve the lives of children. So, as part of our affiliate partnership with Indeed, here are three of this week's coolest, pro-youth legal jobs.

Reading the Law: Alternate Route to Becoming a Lawyer

Did you know that it's possible for you to become a lawyer without having first earned a J.D. at a law school? It's true. It's called "reading the law" and it's an alternate route that many students have considered when faced with few options, but a real burning need to become an attorney.

Still, it's a tough choice for many to make, and the statistics can be discouraging. Here are a few points you should consider.

Top 3 Cool Jobs This Week: Putting Your Tax LLM to Use

For those attorneys who braved additional legal training beyond the three years in law school, we've decided to give you guys a little love. Fear not, your LLM may not turn out to be another case of "lawyer losing money."

As part of our affiliate partnership with Indeed, here are this week's three coolest, tax themed legal jobs. For the rest of our lawyer brethren who can't stand tax -- close your eyes and look away. Viewer discretion is advised.