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Do you pine for a simpler life away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Are you still buried in law school loans? Well, as has been suggested before, taking up practice in a rural area might be for you. Also, you may be in luck if the state of Wisconsin passes a new bill that would offer to help repay law school loans for lawyers that take up rural practice there.

The new bill promises to provide up to $20,000 per year toward student loan debt for Wisconsin lawyers that practice in counties with less than 25,000 residents and accept court-appointed cases. Notably, Wisconsin is not the only rural state to consider offering lawyers incentives to practice there in rural areas, and a few already do.

How to Become an E-Discovery Professional

If you've been thinking about a legal specialty, an e-discovery career might be in your future.

Electronic discovery is a $10 billion industry, and e-discovery specialists are making it work. They are tech-saavy legal professionals who help identify, preserve, and manage electronically stored information.

For any attorney or those who want to be one, becoming an e-discovery professional is as natural as evolution.

How Much Does a JD Boost Earnings for Minorities?

A new study says your law degree will roughly double your income, but not so much if you are a minority.

According to economics and law researchers, white law graduates get a median annual boost in earnings of about $41,000. Asians get about $34,000; blacks, $33,00; and Hispanics, $28,000.

The authors say the value of a law degree could be exaggerated, because of various factors, but the differences in races are consistent. So what the future earnings is going on here?

BigLaw Revenues Slightly Up, Profits Slightly Down

Last year the world's biggest law firms saw their lowest revenue increase in a decade, according to reports.

The mere increase of 2.8 percent showed revenue per lawyer was flat, while partner equity dropped one-half percent. The top 100 firms still brought in billions, and the most profitable partners made more than $5 million each.

But the revenue increase was lower than the cost of living increase in major American cities. It's not time to jump out of buildings, but there are signs of trouble ahead for BigLaw.

One of the most common ways that professionals will network with each other, outside of those awful events, involves getting coffee or lunch. For busy professionals, squeezing in some mid-day networking when they wouldn't otherwise be billing hours is just simply an efficient use of time.

However, there's one question that often plagues the un-anointed networker: who pays? Fortunately, there is an easy rule of thumb to remember: the person who extended the invite pays, but the invitee should offer to cover their share, at least once.

Newly minted lawyers are hanging their own shingles at a much higher rate than ever before. While some law schools have started offering courses on the practical business skills for running a firm as a result of this increase, the ivory tower is a bit too far removed from the real world to teach real client acquisition strategies. When push comes to shove, without clients, you can't practice law, and paying the bills is going to be even harder.

But you went to law school to become a legal professional, not a legal marketing professional. Luckily, the Lawyer Marketing team here at FindLaw has put together a free playbook to help you resolve this very issue: Client Acquisition Strategies for Solo Practitioners. If you're about to start your own practice, or have already started, it's never too late to do some fine tuning to your marketing strategies -- especially with a little help from a leader in online legal marketing for small firms.

Tips for Lawyers After Getting Fired: Reevaluating Your Career

'You're fired!'

For many lawyers, that expression could be President Trump's most quotable expression because he has fired so many attorneys in his short tenure. But whether you've been canned by a president, a partner, or a client, getting fired is not a death spiral to your career. It is a rebirth and a chance to get ahead and out of the rat race.

A Robot Already Got Your Paralegal Job

Don't look now, but robots are already taking your legal work.

According to reports, the legal sector lost 4,300 jobs in July. The ABA Journal based its report on numbers from the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, which shows an overall decline of 4 points over the past 12 months.

The story goes deeper, however. The same jobs report shows that professional and technical services jumped almost 18 points over the same time period.

That's right, you heard it here first: a robot took your paralegal job.

Government Lawyers Retiring en Masse

Nearly half of government lawyers can retire in the next two years, and the rest are already getting that sinking feeling.

It's that same feeling you get when your parents die, and you can no longer ask them for advice. It's real, like death and taxes.

"It's a huge problem," said a former county litigator in a new survey. "When one of these attorneys retires, it can throw a major wrench into things."

What's the Best Law School for a Career in Immigration Law?

Unlike lawyers who choose a field of practice for the money, immigration attorneys are often motivated by something else.

Perhaps they are immigrants or children of immigrants. It may run even deeper to a less complicated time when the United States was a nation of immigrants.

Whatever the impetus, it takes due consideration to pursue a career in immigration law. It begins with choosing the right law school.