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Congratulations; you've graduated from law school! Three years of hard work and dedication have finally paid off. At long last, you'll be able to take a break from late-night studying sessions.

Just kidding! You have one more teensy-weensy hurdle to overcome before you become a lawyer: THE BAR EXAM. With any luck, you'll only have to take this thing once and then it will be smooth sailing. Here are some tips to make sure your first time is your last time.

Being out of law school for a few years and actually practicing, it's startling how unprepared I was, both substantively and in terms of practicing. Law school, it's well understood, doesn't do a very good job of preparing you for anything.

What it does do (maybe) is teach you how to think like a lawyer, but not how to actually be a lawyer or what to know as a lawyer. Here are some things I wish law school had taught me.

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:

The ABA has released employment data for the class of 2014 and things are looking ... well, slightly better! Compared to the class of 2013, new law grads saw a marginally higher rate of employment in both legal and non-legal positions. Many of those spots were good jobs -- about 60 percent of new grads were employed in full-time, long-term legal work within 10 months of graduating.

But, there's a catch.

As the weather gets warmer, law students can be sure of two things: final exams and summertime. For some students, "summertime" means relaxing on a beach, but many 2Ls will find themselves making adult amounts of cash as summer associates.

If they say their prayers and eat their vegetables, they might just leave the firm in August with a job offer following graduation. Then again, this is a prime opportunity for a royal screw-up. Here's a roundup of some of our best advice for being a great summer associates.

Law schools have seen better days. Applications to law school continue to plummet, according to data from the Law School Admission Council, and the quality of applicants has declined apace. Lower enrollment has lead to lower law school income, leading to cuts in staff and -- what was once unthinkable -- even reductions in tuition rates.

Will law schools be able to turn their fortunes around?

For the fifth year in a row, the number of entering law students with high LSAT scores has dropped, leading to hand-wringing concern that the lawyers of tomorrow won't be as smart as the lawyers of yesterday.

Indeed, less than half as many entering 1Ls had scores above 165 in 2015 as they did in 2010. Do America's best and brightest no longer want to be lawyers?

There are plenty of lawyers with criminal backgrounds. Many ex-cons-cum-lawyers cite their past troubles as the reason they first pursued a legal career. When it comes to drug convictions, however, it can be even harder to turn things around. For one, drug convictions can disqualify students from federal student aid.

Turns out a past conviction can also get you kicked out of law school. That's what happened to David Powers, a rehabilitated drug user and part-time law student who was kicked out after the school found out that he had been charged, but not tried, for dealing.

Hey, law students! We know you're into free things due to your outrageous debt (meaning you're wandering around school, lurking in any lecture or meeting that offers free pizza), so here's your chance to snag an ABA membership for free!

Right now, everyone's favorite nationwide bar association is offering students at ABA-accredited law schools free membership, leading to a wonderland of rental car discounts and more magazines than you could possibly read in a month.

The average law school debt for private schools is $125,000, and for public schools, $75,700, ABA Journal reported in 2012. That's a lot of debt -- and if it comes from federal student loans (which it probably does), the debt isn't dischargeable, even in bankruptcy, except for some very specific (and hard to prove) situations.

And that's the good news. The bad news is that, if you default on your student loans, you might even place your professional certification -- or even driver's license -- at risk.