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CA Unaccredited Law School Closing, Leaves Positive Legacy

Besides having the hardest bar exam of the states, California also has the greatest concentration of unaccredited law schools in the nation. And in the rank-obsessed world of law, this is not a good reputation to have.

Well, one of those schools has announced that it will be enrolling its last first year class and no more: California Southern Law School is shutting down.

July bar takers, you are halfway there. Many of you have been studying for about a month and have just over one month left to go. Congrats? It probably doesn't feel like it now, buried as you are under flashcards and crippling anxiety, but you've already accomplished a lot.

Now is the home stretch. To help you ace your bar exam, here are our five top study tips from the FindLaw archives.

So you're going to law school come the end of August. Congrats! We're sure you're excited about the fascinating world of service of process, negligence per se, and adequate consideration. But you're also probably a bit apprehensive. "Is there something I should do before hand to prepare?" you wonder.

Yes, future law student, there is.

Choosing the right suit requires some surprisingly complex calculations. Do you go with something fancy and bespoke, letting your (supposed) success shine through in Italian tailoring? Or something more subdued and affordable, to show clients that you won't gouge them for every last penny? Do you go with solids or pinstripes? Mad-Men-skinny or 80's-Power-Suit-boxy? Blue or gray? (Never black!)

And if the suit makes the man, picking a suit can be even more difficult when you're a transgender lawyer. And HBO's new documentary "Suited," features just that: Everett Arthur, a 3L at Emory Law and a transgender man, who found the perfect fit with New York City's Bindle & Keep, a bespoke suit maker focused on crafting very fancy suits for women and the LGBT community.

Love kids? Love the law? Still a student yourself? Well, Street Law might be for you. Street Law is a long-running, grassroots legal education effort that sends law students into high schools, to teach practical legal lessons to the youth.

The program helps give kids basic legal literacy (more than they'd get watching CSI, at least) on fundamental legal issues, from civil rights law, to criminal law, to employment law, while also helping law students develop their leadership skills and a commitment to public interest.

Cravath pumped first year associate salaries up to $180,000 on Monday, Above the Law reported. Hueston Hennignan, a boutique litigation firm in California, followed Cravath's lead today, also bringing up associate base salaries to $180,000. That's not a bad salary for a fresh-faced law grad just starting out. But it's not one that most lawyers will earn. Most new lawyers make significantly less than BigLaw associates, and many law school grads still can't find legal jobs, despite lower numbers of J.D.s.

So, will an investment in law school pay off for you, landing you a high-paying, high-prestige associate position? Or will you be left unemployed and in debt, like so many others? Here's one way to tell.

Want to finish your JD without being crippled by six-figure student loan debt? You could try to land a full scholarship, but many of those don't cover living expenses. You could try to work full time, which isn't impossible but certainly isn't easy. You could have your parents pay, if you're lucky enough to have parents who can cover your tuition and expenses.

Or, you could try getting a sugar daddy. That's what one 2016 Villanova Law grad did. Candice Kashani recently spoke to the Associated Press about financing her law school education through a series of sugar-daddy relationships, in what the AP describes as a "modern twist on an age-old arrangement."

Chicago Law Jumps to the Top of the Full-Time Job List

Do you want to actually have a job as a lawyer after you graduate? Then you should really do your best to get into University of Chicago. Data by the ABA and analyzed by The National Law Journal suggests that 91 percent of grads went out with a full time job, more than any other law school in the nation.

It’s another stellar year for the school that had similarly great results for the year 2014.

Ah, law school summers. Those long days on the beach and care-free nights, finding young love in the sand dunes. Actually, that's the start of "Grease," not a law school summer. When you're in law school, summer tends to mean one thing: work. And you should be focused on work in the summers! Summer clerkships, associate positions, and internships are the best chance for you to learn some actual lawyering skills.

But work isn't all you should be doing this summer. Here's a few more tasks to add to your calendar.

Congrats to all the new law school graduates! If you were one of the thousands of 3Ls to become J.D.s this weekend, you've got an exciting life ahead of you! Well, actually, you've got a lot of bar prep coming up, first. But you can worry about that in a week or two. Right now, there are plenty of non-bar related topics to focus on, from the fun stuff (like picking your hobbies back up) to the not-so-fun (like getting on top of your debt).

Here are our top four non-bar-exam-related tips for new law school grads.