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Non-J.D. Program Enrollment Is Way up in Law Schools

According to Prof. Derek Muller of Pepperdine University's School of Law, 10 percent of law school enrollment is in one of the variety of non-J.D. programs. For non-lawyer types, this means that 1 in 10 students in law school have no intent to eventually become a lawyer.

There has been a very steady increase in the number of students attending law school in the non-J.D. programs. What should we make of all of this?

What American Territory Graduates the Most Non-Lawyer JDs?

Think one territory: Puerto Rico. According to data collected from the ABA and put together by Startclass, the territory of Puerto Rico takes the crown for graduating JDs who don't eventually put their degrees to work as attorneys.

Not to say that there is a causation issue here, but if you really want to practice law, might we suggest that you avoid the schools that made it to the top 25 list of non-lawyership?

Rewriting Your Resume to Escape the Law

Leaving so soon? Maybe the practice of law has not delivered on your expectations. Or maybe you feel the call of another career opportunity beckoning you. We each have our reasons and we won't judge you. After all, there are at least 101 things to do with your JD besides practice law.

If you're looking to say farewell to the practice of law, keep in mind a few tips that will help you craft your resume for a non-law-related field.

How Do You Become a Sports Lawyer?

When asked what area of law they'd like to pursue, 2Ls and 3Ls traditionally say BigLaw partner, prosecutor, or in-house counsel. But lately, new grads are looking for something that will be more ... interesting.

One of these brass ring careers is sports law. But, as you already knew, one does not simply slip into sports law and start negotiation multi-million dollar contracts right out of the gate. That is, not unless they're extremely lucky.

Tidal Wave of Students Seek Debt Forgiveness

The year of the 2015 will now be marked as year of the student loan-crisis. Last year, the number of students who applied to have their student debts forgiven under the Education Department's obscure defense to repayment (DTR) program capped out at somewhere north of 7,500.

This doesn't sound like much, but it's a jump from the five that were filed between 1990 to 2015.

Signs You Need to Find a New Firm

Do you remember when you were excited to go to work? Chances are it wasn't that long ago. Sure, your job pays reasonably well and you're probably not very inclined to go and search for another position now that people have begun stoking fears of another market crash.

Be that as it may, perhaps you should consider looking for greener pastures. If you've been making excuses to stay, do yourself a favor and keep an eye out for these telltale signs that you should start looking for another firm.

If you're a fan of rock and roll -- and aren't we all? -- you've obviously heard the news by now. David Bowie, the musical icon, died of cancer on Sunday, just a few days after his 69th birthday and the release of his 27th album.

But Bowie's career should be more than just the music on your stereo. There are lessons to be learned there, even for those of us who chose the glamorous world of law over glam rock. Here are four lessons lawyers can take from the life of David Bowie -- and don't worry, this isn't "five ways to tell if your billing scheme is a Labyrinth."

If you're looking for a new movie to check out and you want to see Leonardo DiCaprio get mauled by a grizzly bear, might we suggest The Revenant? The new movie tells the tale of legendary frontiersman Hugh Glass, played by DiCaprio, who literally rises from his grave after his hunting team leaves him fOR dead. From that point on, the Revenant is focused on one thing: revenge. It's a harsh, beautiful film about the American West and the consuming desire for revenge.

Who came up with this tale of desolation and retribution in the cruel, unforgiving wilderness? A BigLaw partner, of course.

You can master your opening statements, shine during direct-examination, and give an Oscar-worthy closing arguments -- but you may still struggle with cross-examination. Many litigators, even seasoned trial attorneys, labor to master cross-examination.

If you're just starting out, here are seven tips to help make sure you do your first cross-examination right.

Can a Felon Become a Lawyer?

It's easy to understand why most people would automatically conclude that a felony conviction would keep them from ever becoming a lawyer. If you have had some trouble in the past, don't let a felony conviction cause you to completely write-off ever becoming a lawyer. The process is not as complicated as might think. And besides, here's proof.