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As Law School Applications Fall, the Whitest Profession Gets More Diverse

According to the Bureau of Labor statistics, the legal profession is the one of the least (if not the least) racially diverse professions in the nation -- 88 percent of lawyers are white. By contrast, 72 percent of surgeons and physicians are white.

But it looks like these numbers might shift in time. There's evidence to suggest that as law school applications fell in the last few years, the number of Latinos and Blacks rose by proportion.

Beware of Misleading Student Loan Debt Figures

If you are a prospective law student who is currently weighing her options between schools, no doubt estimated debt figures have entered into your analysis. But how much can you rely on these figures?

According to the opinion of Shannon Achimalbe at Above the Law, you'd be prudent to watch your step. Those numbers could be double or even triple when reality hits.

U. of Denver Law School Trains Grads for 'More-for-Less' Market

University of Denver's Law School will be getting a new dean this July, Mr. Bruce P. Smith. Mr. Smith will be moving to Sturm from U. of Illinois where he served a dean from 2009 to 2016 and has much private sector business experience as a lawyer for the NFL.

On the top of Smith's to-do list will be to push the school's current project to get new grads ready for the current "more-for-less" legal market.

If you're a law student or a recent grad, the job hunt can be daunting. Sure, you've got your legal smarts. You can go head to head on civil procedure with the best of them. You were at the top of your class on complex litigation. (Or, if not top, you at least passed.)

But do you have the qualities (besides just a J.D. behind your name) that law firms or prospective clients are looking for when hiring new lawyers?

Top 3 Cool Legal Jobs This Week: The Need for Speed

Feeling a little restless? Do you have a wild side that yearns for speed or the wind in your face? Is this whole lawyer thing really cramping your highway loving style? Don't quit the law yet: there might be a way to compromise.

This week, as part of our affiliate program with Indeed, we went out to where the rubber meets the road in order to bring you these cool road-related legal jobs.

Are you a Bernie Bro? A Hillary Hugger? A Trumpeteer? If this election season has fired up your passion for civic engagement, you can turn that electioneering spirit into a successful career. So take a second to cool it with the Facebook posts and start updating your resume instead.

This week, as part of our affiliate program with Indeed, we're bringing you the three coolest politically-related jobs we could find.

You graduated from law school when not a single firm was hiring. You've sent out hundreds of resumes but can't get anyone to call you back. Or you've been stuck in a series of short-term, dead-end doc review and non-legal gigs. Our condolences. You're part of the long-term unemployed, and you're not alone.

But long-term unemployment or under-employment doesn't mean you have to give up on your legal dreams. It's not easy, but you can recover from long-term unemployment.

Tired of your current gig? Looking for something a bit more inspiring? There are plenty of cool jobs out there. Sure, you could be an in-house attorney for the NBA or a litigation director for a major Hollywood studio -- if you've got a decade or two of experience.

But why wait till you're old and gray before you get an awesome job? This week, we're focusing in on those of you just starting out. As part of our affiliate partnership with Indeed, we're bringing you the three coolest entry-level jobs we can find.

Is There a Downside If Your Firm Pays Your Student Loan Debt?

If you're a fresh graduate and you've managed to snag a place at a fancy firm, congratulations. If you've also managed to convince them to help pay off a portion of your debt, then you really are living the dream -- at least for now.

There's a new trend these days that's gained steam and is being met with obvious approval from law school grads: law firm assisted student debt repayment. But more cautious students are getting themselves worked up about the pros and cons of accepting such unusual law firm generosity. Our advice? Take the money and say "Thank you."

Does your current city have you feeling down? Looking to make a move to someplace a little more happening? As part of our affiliate partnership with Indeed, we're bringing you the three coolest legal jobs we can find, in some of the coolest cities in the country.

So, pack up that U-Haul. A move could be in your future.