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I remember it clearly: during a 1L career center presentation, our presenter told us that "black or navy suits" were the appropriate choice for job interviews. Being the broke student that I was, I raised my hand to inquire about charcoal, as the only suit in my close was a recent Goodwill acquisition: a charcoal, two button, single-breasted ensemble.

"Charcoal is a bit edgy," I remember him saying, "But it'll do in a pinch."

A year later, after I gained the freshman/1L fifteen, I bought a black suit. Oddly enough, that was right around the same time my job prospects started to dwindle. Some might say economic collapse, I say "black suit." In fact, the history of my law school, including the recent precipitous drop in the rankings due, in large part, to job numbers, could be traced back to that one, single piece of advice: "black or navy suit."

Because apparently, black suits are for funerals, parties, and Johnny Cash. Who knew?

#DearFindLaw - Advice for New Lawyers and Law Students from @FindLawLP

Welcome to our second edition of what is now my favorite advice column ever -- #DearFindLaw. A colleague of mine has a sister that is now a summer associate at BigLaw, and she passed on a sibling's question.

The summer associate knew that she wanted to clerk after law school, so she didn't know how to deal with an offer from her law firm, in the event that she got one. She thought she might want to return to the firm after the clerkship, but wasn't sure. What should she do? How should she decline an offer?

Christine Lagarde has been head of the International Monetary Fund for three years now, and The Washington Post sat down to interview her about her work thus far. As we were reading, and watching, her interview, one thing became tremendously clear: we have a girl crush on Christine Lagarde. As my editor aptly noted, and I agree: "anyone who runs the IMF and carries a Kelly bag is a-ok with me."

Before she was Managing Director of the IMF, Lagarde was an attorney at Baker & McKenzie, where she later "became the Chairman of the Global Executive Committee of Baker & McKenzie in 1999, and subsequently Chairman of the Global Strategic Committee in 2004."

As law associates, we can learn a lot from her experiences rising through the ranks of BigLaw. Let's take a look at where she stands on issues ranging from leadership, and women.

#DearFindLaw - Advice for New Lawyers and Law Students from @FindLawLP

Welcome folks to the inaugural edition of #DearFindLaw, an advice column for young attorneys, law students, and pre-lawyers. Every Friday, you ask the questions (tweet us @FindLawLP, or hit us up on Facebook), and one of our writers will respond. It's like Loveline, but less funny, and with less sexually transmitted diseases (at least for now -- the questions are up to you).

What's on today's docket? A reader writes in from abroad, asking about whether he, along with a fellow young colleague, should start a law firm. And another reader asks: when moving to a law school across the country, should you go for the dorms or an apartment?

Ah, Facebook. Ten years after its inception and we still haven't learned: The site is only good for posting pictures of babies and "Remember the 90s" listicles. Seriously folks, nobody cares about your political views, terrible music taste (guilty), or disgusting racism. If you wouldn't yell, "____ people are _____" in the office, or in public, then you shouldn't put it on Facebook either.

Two assistant public defenders in Broward County, Florida, just learned that lesson after posting anti-Palestinian hate speech on Facebook. Fortunately, their much more enlightened boss quickly moved to terminate the two attorneys, citing the fact that, ya know, public defenders shouldn't be spouting hate speech while working in a diverse office serving diverse clients.

That time of year is coming -- OCI -- that's on-campus interview season for the newbies. And for many participating in the process, OCI is the foundation of your job search and career trajectory. It's not make or break, but it definitely sets the tone.

The key to success in law school -- and OCI -- is preparation. It's never too early to start, so we thought we'd let you in on an OCI prep event for our New York greedy associates. For everyone else, we have a roundup of FindLaw's best OCI advice.

The Women in Law Empowerment Forum ("WILEF") is an organization devoted to the education of women in law firms, and furthers its goals by providing networking opportunities for women. Now in its eighth year, WILEF provides Gold Standard Certification to law firms that "successfully demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, of their highest leadership positions, of their governance and compensation committees, and of their most highly compensated partners."

Let's see who made the cut for 2014, and what they are doing right.

Remember back in May when there was much ado about whether law degrees were worth it? Maybe not, but the experience was seared into my memory when there were some very loud objections to my proclamation that you can do anything with a law degree. To help bolster my claim, I even created a nifty list of 101 possible things you could do with a law degree.

For the jaded few that are still unconvinced, I have more evidence for you. Exhibit A: Catalina Girald.

Going solo out of school? Spend more time developing practice skills and leave the marketing work for the experts.

Nearly one year ago to the day, we told you to chase your dreams: instead of schlepping case files from your bedroom office to the courthouse, go live the rock 'n roll lifestyle, like the legally trained (and former pro soccer player) Julio Iglesias.

Struggling artist beats unemployed attorney, right?

Of course, Julio Iglesias wasn't the best example, even if he is the best-selling Latin music artist of all time. After all, though he had legal training, he wasn't a lawyer. Our other examples were indie artists and Judge Learned Hand, who recorded a folk song once. How about a real example, someone who punted on corporate law in order to unretire his drumsticks and join a multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning pop rock band?

Going solo out of school? Spend more time developing practice skills and leave the marketing work for the experts.

Public service: Some feel that it is their calling. They don't seek the profits of private industry. They want to ask not what their country can do for them, but what they can do for their country.

Or something like that.

Those people would have gone into public service anyway. Considering the lawyer archetype (soulless, greedy, etc.), that's probably one percent of graduates. Where do the rest of them go? A rare few head to BigLaw. Everyone else chooses between private and public sector gigs.

Choose no more. Choice is an illusion.