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Should Lawyers Marry Each Other?

Popular wisdom seems to indicate that lawyers fall someplace along the spectrum between petty thief and outright psychopath. If this stereotype holds true, then asking whether you should marry a lawyer is like asking whether you should marry a cold-blooded serial killer.

According to Forbes, psychopaths are most highly attracted to the job titles of CEO and, indeed, lawyer. So, stereotypes hold at least some weight. However, there are still many good reasons why lawyers should consider marrying each other.

Early in Tony Kushner's "Angels in America," the lawyer and arch-villain Roy Cohn, multitasking between phone calls, sandwiches, and an interview, declares "I wish I was an octopus, a f---ing octopus. Eight loving arms and all those suckers." That sentiment would be shared with more than a few other lawyers. Imagine, three arms for billing clients, two to check your stocks, another for booking theater ticket and one for patting yourself on the back. Sounds great, right?

Not for some lawyers. Many lawyers and law firms are moving away from frantically paced legal work and adopting a philosophy of "mindfulness," according to The Wall Street Journal. For lawyers practicing mindfulness, two arms are plenty -- and they are almost as likely to be occupied by meditation as memo-writing.

What's the best city to practice law? When making this calculation for your own career, a range of factors may come into play, including the affordability of cities for young lawyers. The daily commute is also an important factor. There's no point in holding a great job if you can't get there.

According to an American Community Survey from 2013, New Yorkers have the longest commutes (40 minutes on average) while residents of Oklahoma City have the shortest (21 minutes on average). Aside from this blunt statistic, your ideal commute may come down to your preference for taking public transit, driving, or riding your bike. Here's how cities compare:

Welcome to "First Week at the Firm," a new FindLaw feature for beginning associates, focused on helping you navigate the transition into firm life. We hope you'll enjoy this new series and come back regularly for more insider tips.

You've made it to the promised land of a BigLaw job. There's the important clients, the handsome pay, and the respect of your peers. And there's stress. So much, never ending, unceasing stress.

Don't worry, every decent lawyer faces stress at the beginning of their careers. And the in middle. And near the end. But you can deal with it. Here's some tips:

Defense Lawyers: How to Deal With Defeat

You've tried your hardest, but in spite of your best efforts, your client still got convicted. What is there to do? What did you do wrong? What could you have done better?

Cheer up, that's what. Losing is a part of being a lawyer; no one wins all the time. Take solace in your defeat, though. It's a learning experience, and hey, it might not even be a defeat for long.

Welcome to "First Week at the Firm," a new FindLaw feature for beginning associates, focused on helping you navigate the transition into firm life. We hope you'll enjoy this new series and come back regularly for more insider tips.

The billable hour is one of the defining characteristics of working at a firm. Like the Socratic method in law school, it's often hated, often criticized and yet remarkably intransigent. If you're starting as a new associate, get ready to start organizing your day, and your life, around the billable hour.

Don't worry, though -- the billable hour isn't always as fearsome as it's made out to be. With some skill and finesse, you can learn to master the system, maximizing your billables so you're not stuck in the office twelve hours a day. Here's some tips:

Lawyers aren't generally known for our soft hearts and boundless sense of appreciation for others, but if there's one person who can crack our jaded, Scotch-soaked exterior, it's Mom.

As James Joyce so elegantly wrote nearly a century ago, "Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother's love is not." So, as Mother's Day approaches once again, make sure you're prepared to say thanks for all she's done.

When it comes to signs of affection, a card is fine, a phone call is better, a bouquet of roses does quite nicely. But if you're really looking for something special, consider these three tips to help express your Mother's Day appreciation:

Lawyers are often married to their jobs. Some are also married to other people. There's no reason either marriage should be unhappy, though they are often at odds. Divorce rates among skilled professionals such as lawyers are high, though thankfully lawyers are nowhere near to top of the list, according to Bloomberg -- sorry paper-hangers and nurses.

So how are you supposed to keep winning in the courtroom while also winning in love? We've got a few ideas.

There are plenty of activities outside the firm door that most lawyers are great at -- and they're not just drinking and golf! Lawyers can use their analytical minds, competitive nature and creative thinking to thrive in all sorts of endeavors, from coaching little league to setting up a hobby winery.

So, what new world of leisure time activities might be available to you? Here are three non-law activities that lawyers will be great at:

How to get a Busy Lawyer to Be your Mentor

We've talked before about the importance of mentors. They give you advice, they give you experience, and hey, if you play your cards right, they just might point you toward a job opening.

The reality, though, is that once you're out of law school, your mentors will be practitioners, and they're very busy -- too busy, it would seem, to take a green lawyer under their wing. As it turns out, though, you can even get those busy lawyers to pay attention to you.