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If you're not sitting down, you might want to, because a recent NLJ report breaks down the complete lack of diversity among SCOTUS justices' clerks. And while that probably isn't that surprising, some of the specific stats might be.

For example, the social media favorite, Justice Ginsburg, The Notorious RBG, only hired one African American law clerk in the over two decades she's been a SCOTUS justice (and she never hired an African American clerk while sitting on the Circuit Court in DC).

So, what's going on? If even the justice everyone would've thought would be pro-diversity isn't hiring minorities, are any of the justices? Surprisingly, the High Court does not keep records on this, though that's likely because the majority of clerks have always been, and continue to be, white men.

Below, you can read some highlights, or lowlights, from the report's findings.

One of the biggest hurdles to landing a good job for law students is taking the time to prepare a thoughtful application. That's why over winter break, law students might want to actually consider spending some time on their resumes and cover letters, and maybe even start sending some out.

While it's important to get some rest and relaxation over winter break, slacking on the job hunt really is not an option if you don't have a job or something lined up. Below are a few helpful tips for those law students looking to get the jump on the job search over winter break.

What Are You Getting for Bonus Money?

When you were a kid, what did you do after opening Christmas gifts that had your name on them?

You looked at the rest of the presents to see what others got, right? It's human nature, at least among siblings.

Lawyers are like that when it comes to Christmas bonuses. We want to know what our brothers and sisters are getting.

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.