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Student debt: It's soul crushing, crippling to recent grads and even slowing down the whole economy. For many students, though, it's also entirely inevitable. Thankfully, U.S. News & World Report, the world's largest list-making conglomerate, has released a new set of rankings. This time, instead of segregating the "Top 16" from the "Third Tier Toilets," caring Internet commenters' shorthand for the highest and lowest ranked law schools, they focused on what really matters -- debt.

One of the list's most surprising revelations? Not that many graduates leave with debts well above $150,000, but that some schools have an average indebtedness of less than a third of that.

For all you 3Ls out there, March is a confluence of events. You're two months into super not caring about law school anymore, as evidenced by the "Law and Shakespeare" class you're taking just to round out your credit hours. It's also time you started completing your moral fitness application (and truthfully, if you've waited until now, boy, are you going to be waiting for a long time to get the results).

Conveniently, today is also St. Patrick's Day, which means you may inevitably find yourself on the short end of a lot of green-colored beer. Whatever you do, don't drink and drive!

Law school enrollment is down, but the price of a law degree keeps going up. How do the (fewer) aspiring law students plan on paying for their degree? A recent survey by Kaplan, the test prep company, of over 900 potential law students, asked exactly that.

More than a third of potential students, 36 percent of those surveyed, plan on paying their own way, while another 22 percent will foot at least half the bill. Where's the rest of the money coming from? Mom, Dad and Uncle Sam.

Have you heard? You don't have to take the LSAT to get into law school anymore! Cue the articles about how "some schools" -- two -- are eliminating the requirement and how pretty soon no one will have to take the LSAT.

Sort of. As Bloomberg Business reported Tuesday, the ABA did change its rules in August to allow schools to admit up to 10 percent of students in an entering class without taking the LSAT. There's a bunch of caveats, though.

Have you always wanted to compare different ABA-accredited law schools' numbers? Do you have a strange affinity for Excel? Well, now you can put both of your odd hobbies together!

The American Bar Association has made available its "509 disclosures" -- all the self-reported numbers that ABA-accredited schools have to provide every year -- online and in Excel spreadsheet format. You can get 509 sheets for each of the 202 ABA-accredited law schools in the United States, or -- and this is where we had some fun -- you can get spreadsheets on a variety of different metrics (like undergraduate GPA, cost of attendance, and attrition), compare schools to each other, and discover trends.

Let's have fun with statistics -- together!

While we've taken our shots at the "practice-ready" curriculum and "JD advantage," if you're at a law school where those buzzwords percolate, chances are your job prospects aren't that awesome (otherwise, the career services office would be talking about actual practice jobs, not "sort of law-related" jobs).

You've made your bed. No use crying over spilt milk. And other cliches. Lots of lower-tier law schools are trying to make their students attractive by giving them other skills. So prepare yourself for some intensive training in ... accounting?

The law school bubble has claimed another victim. You'll remember that, last year, the self-appointed second-best law school in the country, Thomas M. Cooley School of Law (which is unranked by those barbarians at U.S. News), closed its Ann Arbor campus because of lagging enrollment.

Cooley, nevertheless, remained alive. In Minnesota, however, there will soon be one less ABA-accredited law school as Hamline University School of Law has announced it plans to merge with William Mitchell College of Law.

Is the American Bar Association finally taking law school debt seriously?

On Monday, the ABA's House of Delegates adopted Resolution 106, which "encourages law schools to offer comprehensive debt counseling and debt management education" to students and encourages bar associations to provide the same for newly admitted lawyers.

But curiously missing from the two-paragraph resolution is any serious discussion of employment statistics, law school prices, and the unwillingness of the ABA to do anything about these issues.

#DearFindLaw - Advice for New Lawyers and Law Students from @FindLawLP

In today's #DearFindLaw, we tackle a subject that's near and dear to my heart: The Bluebook.

Forcibly embraced by the staff of law reviews nationwide, and derided by no less an authority than Judge Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, The Bluebook has become the de facto standard for legal citations.

But just because we have to use it doesn't mean we like to use it.

Believe it or not, "HTGAWM" hasn't been on since November, when it had its "winter finale" where we learned #WhoKilledSam. The show came back last night, and true to the title, Professor Keating showed us just how one does manage to get away with murder, in spite of a prosecutor who seems to have a smirk permanently tattooed on her face.

Blame the Other Guy

In the very first episode of "How To Get Away With Murder," Professor Keating taught her class that the key to getting your client acquitted of murder is to find someone else to blame. Goth Girl was going to be tried for Lila's murder -- unless they could get the charges dismissed.