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Those law students are so needy. Coming back home after final exams, they'll be a psychological wreck. So what's better than reminding them of the law they just forgot with some cool law-related gifts?

OK, so maybe that shouldn't be all that you get them, but come on: A trick gavel would be pretty funny.

So what gifts are there for law students? Here are 10 ideas to get you started:

Did anyone not see this coming?

We've seen sign after sign after sign of decreased demand for law school seats: fewer LSAT takers, fewer applications, dismal post-graduation job prospects, and more. We've seen some schools cut class sizes, one cut a campus, and a few that obstinately refuse to correct for market forces and actually increased the number of seats available.

How's the situation looking industry-wide? According to the ABA's latest enrollment data, there were a few ticks' worth of decline, which, coming on the heels of a few past years' worth of decline, amounts to the lowest number of law students matriculating in decades.

The recent non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have emotionally impacted a lot of people throughout the country. The subsequent protests, and resultant violence, created a lot more emotion. Communities of color, which disproportionately feel the results of both police brutality and rioting, are understandably upset.

But so too is another, underrepresented community. I'm referring, of course, to students at the nation's elite law schools, who are so distraught that they couldn't possibly take final exams.

It's bar results season, and the the news seems to be bad nationwide.

July 2014 seems to hold the distinction as the biggest bloodbath in recent memory. California, for example, saw its lowest bar passage rate in nearly 10 years. The National Conference of Bar Examiners blamed "less able" test-takers; deans are pointing the finger at the NCBE and demanding a recount (or a "thorough investigation of the administration and scoring of the July 2014 bar exam," if you want to be technical about it).

And Cooley -- a school famous for ranking itself as the second-best in the country, for sponsoring a minor-league baseball team, and for opening up franchise campuses in multiple states? Its low passage rates are making some wonder if the school will run into trouble with the American Bar Association.

1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls: finals are nearly here (or gone) for all of you. What should you be doing over winter break?

Besides having a few drinks and unwinding, you'll probably want to accelerate your job-hunting efforts. Most 3Ls probably know what they are doing by now, and 2Ls might have some idea, so this is mainly for 1Ls who ignored career services in favor of studying for finals. But the tips apply universally regardless.

Here are five things to keep in mind:

This course will investigate the challenges associated with representing marijuana clients. Following a grounding in the current state and federal laws governing marijuana, students will hear from a number of marijuana businesspeople and those lawyers currently representing them. Topics covered will include regulatory compliance, criminal defense, contract, banking, tax, real estate, and multidisciplinary practice. These speakers will present the students with practical problems and hypotheticals which will generate multiple opportunities for assessment.

Read that and tell me you aren't intrigued. That is the course description for L4700: Representing the Marijuana Client, a new (likely first-of-its-kind) course at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, a class that has already "sold out," according to The Denver Post's Cannabist Blog.

It's a cannabis class, but it's no laughing matter: Marijuana entrepreneurs in Colorado have to navigate state law, federal law, and regulations galore.

There are a lot of factors to consider when applying to law schools: ranking, cost, scholarship funds, odds of admission, geography, schools' success rates in regards to job placement and bar passage, and more.

Somewhere, far down that list, is a school's culture. It's a soft factor that is often overlooked, but it really is an important one, especially if you're planning on spending most of the next three years of your life there.

Would you prefer a small-town school, where everyone knows everyone else, gossip runs amok, but camaraderie and casualness are the rule? Or would you prefer an overly formal institution in a big city, where everyone lives their real lives outside of the few hours of classes and cut-throat competition for library materials?

A recent Kaplan survey tried to measure culture, in terms of students' expectations and schools' self-assessments. The results, unsurprisingly, did not match.

In a few short weeks, you'll be done with your first 1L final exams. For some of you, it was easy -- you got an open-book, take-home final and were then told you had a week to complete it and turn it in. For others, you had to actually go into a classroom, turn on ExamSoft, and write for three hours straight.

Any way you slice it, you'll soon be done with your first semester. And most importantly, you'll have survived. So here's a list of 10 things you may want to do after you're done with finals:

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

This week in #DearFindLaw, it's almost time for the first major break of the school year. For a blessed week at the end of November, there will be no classes -- but that doesn't mean there isn't work to be done. Whether you're a 1L freaking out about final exams (what's the Rule against Perpetuities again?) or a 2L struggling to finish the draft of your law review note (and praying the Supreme Court doesn't rule on your case until after you've published), you're a long way from free to do what you please.

In a Q&A here in the Bay Area, Justice Stephen Breyer once said that being a lawyer means having homework for the rest of your life. Does that mean you should go home for Thanksgiving? Here are a few pros and cons:

After the LSAT, the dozens of applications, the campus visits, the scholarship negotiation, and finally, matriculation, comes finals. But what comes after that?

In a month or so, you'll have your first semester 1L grades. Some schools consider transfers based on these grades alone, while other schools will take applications but hold off on making an offer until your entire 1L is in the books. Nonetheless, you need to be thinking about whether you want to transfer for 2L and 3L year.

Setting aside soft factors, such as how much you love/hate your current school's social scene, what factors should play into your decision? Here a few you may want to consider: