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When did the legal industry's decline begin, in 2009 or so? Though that was a long five years ago, the shockwave from the industry took a while to hit law schools -- we saw some decline in demand after the bloated Class of 2010 entered school, but the numbers didn't hit true historic lows until recently.

That's why now, when we're almost indisputably on a new path, it's especially interesting to see where students are looking, education-wise. Though LSATs are down, and applications are down, and class sizes are down, not every school is cutting back, nor does every school need to.

What are the trends in law school demand, as measured by applications? Who are the thrivers and survivors?

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?

Hate the LSAT? If this American Bar Association proposal goes through, you maybe able to sneak into law school without taking the ubiquitous exam.

But don't get too excited: the waiver only applies to a very narrow group of students -- those with high scores on other standardized entrance exams, who are at the top of their class, and/or those who are aiming to go to their undergraduate institution's law school -- in other words, a tiny sliver of prospective students.

Somewhere in New Jersey, Rutgers-Camden officials are shaking their heads in frustration, however. One wonders how much their six-year pilot program and censure have to do with the current proposal.

There are so many hilarious things about this, that I don't even know where to begin.

Curtis Fox, a magna cum laude graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a BA degree in Political Science, a concentration in Public Administration and a Business Administration minor, has a dream of going to law school. (Strike one. Kidding.) His Kickstarter says that he is starting law school in the fall (though it doesn't say where).

Fox he wants your help. His crowdfunding campaign seeks money for a documentary about the costs of law school, plus some of the money will be used for matriculation.

Apparently, here is what all the wanna-be 1L's are thinking right now: "Summer, summer, summertime." Fewer are taking tests, and more are hitting the beach, or the snooze button. New reports show that the number of students who sat for the June 2014 LSAT was at a 14-year low. Seems like students don't think a law degree is sufficient to practice law, let alone do anything else.

Let's take a look at what's behind the numbers, and any potential ramifications.

You'd think that a safe haven from discrimination and harassment would be a law school of all places -- but we've seen throughout history that's simply not the case. The latest in law school hall of shame stories comes out of Case Western Reserve Law and its flirtatious (and to some creepy) former Dean Lawrence Mitchell.

Mitchell's alleged actions led to a situation in which the school, and another professor tried to do the right thing, and ended up in litigation. This week, the parties announced that they had come to a settlement agreement, reports The ABA Journal. Now, everyone can get back to teaching law.

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

Welcome folks to the inaugural edition of #DearFindLaw, an advice column for young attorneys, law students, and pre-lawyers. Every Friday, you ask the questions (tweet us @FindLawLP, or hit us up on Facebook), and one of our writers will respond. It's like Loveline, but less funny, and with less sexually transmitted diseases (at least for now -- the questions are up to you).

What's on today's docket? A reader writes in from abroad, asking about whether he, along with a fellow young colleague, should start a law firm. And another reader asks: when moving to a law school across the country, should you go for the dorms or an apartment?

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.