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The Uniform Bar Exam is about to get more, well, uniform. The UBE, which provides one test and one score but portability to the 16 different states what accept it, was recently adopted by New York. The Empire State's 15,000-some bar examinees will sit for the UBE for the first time next summer.

Those New Yorkers, along with Alaskans, Coloradans, and Alabamans, may be getting some company from the Best Coast -- if legal academics have their say. Law professors from throughout California are currently pushing for the state to adopt the UBE, according to the Los Angeles Times.

If you're a law student or recent graduate, you're probably aware by now that finding legal work that pays can be difficult. For a law student looking to gain important legal experience, or young lawyers just starting out, it can be tempting to offer your services for free.

We're not talking pro bono representation of the indigent here, but unpaid internships, volunteer attorney positions, and no-cost legal services for otherwise paying customers. Should you ever do it?

This article begs the question: "Do lawyers still need business cards?" The simple answer is, "Yes you do." Just as your profiles on LinkedIn or FindLaw connect you to the digital realm, your business card connects you to the physical realm (which is still a part of reality, last I checked...).

These dos and don'ts will help you make a great business card and use it to further the success of your law practice.

If you're thinking to yourself, "Bridges? What bridges?" Then it may already be too late. Developing a strong career path involves cultivating relationships with all your professional connections from day one.

You may also be thinking, "What's the big deal? Will burning a bridge or two actually matter?" Like most industries, the legal field is surprisingly small. You know all the legal professionals that pop up on your LinkedIn account? Those are your potential bridges, and they exist as a finite number. Although you shouldn't burn any of them, you should especially not burn bridges with your employers.

It's not exactly the glamorous legal work shown on "The Good Wife" -- or even "Night Court" -- but document review makes up a fair share of many attorneys' work. In fact, document review is one of the great unifiers of the legal profession. Highly paid associates at BigLaw firms often slog through tedious document review just like their poorly paid contract attorney counterparts.

But is document review even the practice of law? Not according to one lawyer, who is arguing that his year plus of doc review for Skadden was so rote and mechanical it couldn't possibly be considered legal work -- and thus, he should be entitled to significant overtime pay.

The legal industry has seen plenty of technologically induced changes over the past decade, as e-discovery, online marketing and advances in legal research reshape the way lawyers work. As part of a symposium on the "legal profession's monopoly" last year, legal scholars argued that "machine intelligence" is on the verge of further revolutionizing the legal industry. The changes could be similar to the undoing of print journalism following the rise of Internet media.

Are such legal futurists just applying the typical clichés about "disruption" and the need to "adapt or die" applied to the legal industry? Absolutely. But there could be more to it than just that.

Whether you're on the job hunt, searching for a mentor, or just trying to connect with other professionals, you're going to want to network. Developing a strong professional network lets you keep ahead on industry developments, helps inform you of new jobs and legal opportunities, and provides support should you need advice or assistance.

But, making a connection takes more than a handshake and a business card. If you're a bore -- or a boar -- while networking, you may be doing more harm to yourself than good. So, keep from turning off potential connections by avoiding these three common networking faux pas:

Unlike those getting doctorates in French Polynesian poetry or theoretical mathematics, very few of us end up in law school out of an intrinsic desire to learn about the law. Rather, we want to take on massive amounts of debt -- and maybe get a job some day. Thankfully, while law schools still have many gaps they need to fill to support students, they do try to get you work.

You law school's career services office is there to get you hired, so make sure you make them work. Here's five tips to get the most out of your law school career services office:

Getting, and Acing, Your Second Interview

You've submitted your resume and cover letter, and you've got an interview. Do that well and everything will be great -- right?

Not so fast, Jack. For many law jobs, your first interview is just a stepping stone to a second interview where you'll be evaluated by a hiring committee. That first interview? It was just to make sure you were a real person. Getting a second interview means you're a serious candidate for the position. So here's how to get, and ace, that interview.

Wonder why some lawyers insist on printing out all their cases and briefs? Not because they hate trees, but because a physical copy can help with retention and comprehension. Research shows that comprehension is greater with physical media, like paper, than electronic media, meaning that whoever reads your snail mail letter is likely to remember the contents better than if it had been an email.

So, when you're looking to make an impression, remember: email isn't the only option. Sometimes sending a card or letter via snail mail -- that is, the actual, physical postal system -- can really make you stand out.