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Working for a large firm has its perks. Aside from the salary, you get to set your own hours, take unlimited vacation, even go on parental leave when you have a new child. Good luck taking advantage of any of that, though. Billable hours tend to trump all else.

Lawyers who are new or expecting parents often find that, in the firm's eyes, the work-life balance should always tilt towards work. Fathers in particular face extra pressure to put work before family. But for dads who want to be present at the start of their children's lives, taking parental leave is difficult, but not impossible.

Two-thirds of parents want their kids to grow up to be lawyers. The other third have probably read the stats about lawyer depression, alcoholism, and student debt.

But forget lawyer kids, what about lawyer parents? There are plenty of perks that come from being an attorney, including pleasing your parents, but how does the legal profession stand up when it comes to actually being parents?

Perhaps you've seen your friends slowly drift away from Twitter as their careers take off. Maybe you've felt pressure to not share that Clickhole masterpiece, now that you're a serious lawyer. You might even worry that sharing an article on LinkedIn could give the impression that you're not working hard enough. After all, lawyers are too important for social media, right?

Forget that. Not only can you continue to update your Facebook and 'gram your selfies as a lawyer, you should. Here's why.

The June solstice has passed, the days are getting shorter, and you're starting to wonder if you'll ever get the tan you've been dreaming of since last November. But more is slipping away than just the chance at sun and beaches. As the season winds down, so are your chances of finding the perfect summer read.

July and August remain the last months to get through your summer reading. Here are five books we think all lawyers should add to their summer reading lists before the good weather fades away:

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: