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7 Deadly Sins Committed by New Lawyers

Let's admit it, we have all sinned under the law.

May heaven have mercy on those of us who commit a big sin. We're talking about the sins of malpractice and ethics violations. We won't even go there.

Let's just talk about five lesser evils that often ensnare new lawyers. We're going to fix those before they turn into the two bigger sins.

Meet the Lawyer Taking Down International Terrorists

Zainab Ahmad, the top prosecutor of international terrorists in the United States, sits at a crossroad of contradictions in American law and policy toward Muslims.

Ahmad, 37, is an Muslim-American attorney whose immigrant parents were born in Pakistan. If not for her credentials as a federal prosecutor, she could have been detained at the airport under President Trump's campaign against Muslims.

It is not the first twist in the road of her storied career. Despite challenges in the system, Ahmad has emerged as the prosecutor that terrorists fear.

Why Going to the Best Law School Is Not the Best Choice

True or false? Going to the best law school is not the best choice.

Like those tricky LSAT questions, the counter-intuitive choice here is the correct answer. According to Malcolm Gladwell, the famed columnist and author on relative choices, going to the best law school actually hurts your chances of success in the real world.

Writing for the New Yorker, Gladwell said law school rankings do not tell students where they will get the best results. For example, he said, the annual U.S. News & World report is not a guide to the best teachers.

"There's no direct way to measure the quality of an institution -- how well a college manages to inform, inspire, and challenge its students," he said. "So the U.S. News algorithm relies instead on proxies for quality -- and the proxies for educational quality turn out to be flimsy at best."

You can't ask for much more than having fun, getting paid, and maybe grabbing a decent slice of pizza on the side. This week's cool legal jobs hit all three of the above bases.

As part of our affiliate relationship with Indeed, we've rounded up some of the most exciting legal jobs we could find, including a spot with a major sports team, one at the cutting edge of banking, and one with, well, Papa John's.

If you want a cool job, they're out there. The internet is virtually flooded with openings in interesting practice areas or with exciting companies.

Just take this week's batch for example. As part of our affiliate relationship with Indeed, we've rounded up legal openings at Google, in Daimler, and with a tour company that promises to "surf you to the moon" -- or just take you snorkeling in Maui.

Do long commutes and collapsing highways have you down? Maybe the answer is in public transportation. We're not talking about taking the bus, though. We're talking about finding a job as a lawyer in a transportation field. So, as part of our affiliate relationship with Indeed, this week we're rounding up the best transit-related jobs we could find.

Whether you want to be the attorney in charge of the F line or in-house counsel for the cross town express, these jobs could be for you.

If you want to drive your career forward, there's never been a better time than now. And this week, we've got three particularly appropriate jobs for legal professionals looking to shift into the fast lane -- or just looking to find an awesome new job.

As part of our affiliate relationship with Indeed, we're bringing you three of this week's coolest, most interesting jobs, covering everything from choppers to civil rights.

When it comes to gaming, not all the action is on the casino floor -- nor is it all in Las Vegas. The domestic casino and gaming industry is highly regulated and massive, taking in more than $70 billion in revenues every year. That means plenty of opportunities for legal professionals who are as good at the law as they are at poker. (Unless you, like me, are terrible at poker. Then you'll need to be better.)

So, as part of our affiliate relationship with indeed, we're gathering up the best gaming-related jobs we could find. Get ready to roll the dice on these careers.

You can use a law degree for anything, they say, and they're not entirely wrong. Lawyers have gone on to become movie stars, dictators, even ice cream makers. But you don't need to become a rock star to have an interesting career, as this week's cool jobs attest.

As part of our affiliate relationship with Indeed, this week we're bringing you jobs touching on everything from space exploration, to a charming town in Arizona, to, well, rubber shoes.

Pre-Law Students' Interest in Politics Jumps After Election

Since Donald Trump became president, some might think that the path to the White House is through reality television.

Or perhaps it is the billionaires club, except that didn't work out for billionaire candidate Ross Perot. So maybe it's just like the late George Carlin said: "Anyone can become president of the United States. And that's the problem."

In any case, more pre-law students see law school as the way to politics than in recent years. According to Kaplan Test Prep, more than half of 500 students surveyed say they would consider running for political office. At 53 percent, it represents a 15 percent jump in five years.

"Law school has long been a bullpen of aspiring politicians, and we think the recent election showed many pre-law students of all political persuasions how important it is to stay involved and stand up for what you believe," said Jeff Thomas, executive director of pre-law programs, Kaplan Test Prep.