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It's a dog-eat-lawyer world out there, and resumes can make a world of difference. But there are many myths about legal resumes that you'll want to dispel.

Resumes, of course, are how you get your foot in the door. But don't treat them as the be-all, end-all of getting a job; as Business News Daily points out, "A good resume will get you an interview." The rest is up to you.

When it comes to resumes, the truth is that there is no one "correct" way to craft them. There are, however, five bits of advice that either don't matter or have outlived their time. Here's what lawyers and law students need to know:

Being the neurotic law student you are, you've probably already started thinking about OCI even though it is still July. Considering the state of the legal market in the past few years, that's a good thing. Also given the market, we OCI starts up, we would suggest applying to as many law firms as the OCI process will allow. Then, after you have all your offers (and hopefully you will have at least one, and even better, a few to choose from), you'll need to decide which firm is right for you. And, just how exactly are you supposed to do that?

While there are many factors that go into deciding which firm's offer you should accept such as niche practices, or industry-specific standing, one of the main factors that will determine how happy and how far you will get at the firm may be one of the most important factors: firm culture.

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?

Was there ever a more idiotic idea than "The Decision"? Four years ago, LeBron James went on an ego-inflating tour de free agency, letting teams across the country woo him with cap space, exciting teammates, and chances for championships. In the end, he made a completely defensible basketball decision, to join up with two other superstars on the Miami Heat, which led to four finals trips and two trophies, in four years.

But "The Decision," a one-hour television special on ESPN where he announced that he'd leave his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat, was one of the biggest PR disasters in history. Fans burned his jerseys in the street, the team's owner wrote an open letter criticizing LeBron, and it seemed the relationship between the man and his people was irreparably destroyed.

And then last week, he returned to Cleveland, with the city and team welcoming him with open arms. How? And how does this relate to your own career moves?

One of my friends, years into his legal career, is still doing doc review in New York. Another one is working for a small firm in Southern California and hates his debt-ridden life. You see, in the major legal markets, there are still very few jobs, even for those of us with a couple of years' worth of experience. And for recent grads? Forget it -- there's nothing entry-level in the major markets.

Maybe it's time to rethink geography. When I graduated, I figured homeless on a beach beat sleeping on frozen streets, but maybe, just maybe, aiming for a crowded marketplace isn't the best move. In fact, why not aim for, say, fourteen marketplaces? This is the appeal of the Uniform Bar Exam: one test, one score, with portability to fourteen states.

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.

It's been a busy summer for the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, with cut campuses, layoffs, and today, lost litigation.

What was the law school litigating? Oh, just some defamation claims brought against two lawyers that were trying to sue the school over allegedly inflated employment statistics. Way back in 2011, we reported on the school's efforts to silence their litigious critics through a defamation action. Those efforts failed when a district court found that Cooley was a limited purpose public figure for purposes of discussing the value of a law school degree.

Now, the Sixth Circuit has chimed in and affirmed the dismissal.

No, silly, not that second best law school in the country. No, we're talking about the school that once ranked itself as the second-best in the entire country, in part due to the number of chairs in its library (1,058 as of 2011).

We're talking about the school that sponsored a minor league baseball stadium (Go Lugnuts!). We're talking about the school that lost 40.6 percent of its 1L enrollment since the 2010-2011 school year. We're talking about one of five schools that was recently given a negative credit rating by Standard and Poor's.

And finally, we're talking about a law school that just cut its entire 1L class from one of its five campuses. If you guessed we are discussing the prestigious Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, you get a cookie.

Good call, Mr. Weissmann, though we totally beat you to it.

Now is a good time to go to law school, as shrunken demand and class sizes, along with a recovering job market, mean that you aren't tying an anvil of debt around your neck and diving into the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

But that doesn't mean you should go to your nearest school and pay full sticker price -- as with all legal rulings, there are caveats and fine points.

What would you say if you were a first-year law student in 2011, and you were about to dump multiple additional year's worth of tuition into a degree from an unaccredited school, but your Contracts professor "unilaterally and without notice" changed the syllabus, causing you to get a "D" and flunk out?

You should say, "THANKS!" Instead, Martin Odemena told the Massachusetts School of Law: "I'll see you in court!"