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When it comes to the qualifications of the President Donald Trump's latest appointment, attorney William Barr for Attorney General, there's very little doubt Barr has the right background. After all, not only is he a lawyer, he already served as the United States Attorney General from 1991 to 1993 under the first Bush administration.

Notably, Barr is indeed still considered a conservative and Republican, which is clearly no surprise as he was nominated by President Trump. Additionally, in terms of his own policy beliefs, it is believed that he supports strong presidential-powers, which as nearly every pundit would admit, is a key issue for the Trump administration.

There's no doubt about it. Our world is as political as it has ever been. And with all that politics, there's bound to be antics, but rarely do judge's play an active role.

However, in one Massachusetts courtroom, one judge is alleged to have responded in an unusual way when she learned that ICE agents were waiting to arrest a defendant when he left her courtroom. According to reports, she allowed the defendant to be released from custody and then let out the back door of the courthouse. ICE agents that gave chase claim to have seen the man running and jumping over a fence.

Over the last year, some BigLaw firms have made headlines for dumping mandatory arbitration clauses from associate employment contracts, at least when it comes to claims involving sexual harassment.

And while arbitration clauses don't seem to be getting any weaker, top talent candidates are starting to think twice about whether they want to be subject to one, and one group of students at Harvard Law have banded together to tell employers just that. The Pipeline Parity Project is a student run group demanding that BigLaw and other firms get rid of mandatory arbitration clauses, and it has been rather successful thus far.

Disgraced Judge Pleads Not Guilty to Ex-Wife's Murder

What happened to Lance Mason, the former state lawmaker and county judge who apparently stabbed his ex-wife to death?

For now, he is in custody for the alleged murder and faces life in prison -- especially if his sister has anything to do with it. According to reports, Mason called her and confessed.

But what happened to the former judge before that tragic day? It's impossible to know exactly when it happened, but it started years before the killing.

Lawyer Allegedly Created Fake Social Media to Influence Elections

The New York Times called Richard Luthmann "an eccentric, bow-tie-wearing lawyer," but that didn't tell half the story.

Luthmann was not wearing a bow tie last week because he was in jail, facing multiple charges that paint a very different picture of the Staten Island practitioner. He is looking at more than four years in prison for fraud and other crimes.

But that's not even the other half of the story. Luthmann allegedly tried to interfere with local elections in a small-scale, fake Facebook campaign. But why?

For many law students, and lawyers, their bedroom might be the only place in their homes where they can find the peace and quiet needed to study or work from home.

Unfortunately, as anyone who has ever tried to study in bed can attest to, studying in bed is a great way to start an unplanned, and incredibly disruptive (though usually amazing) nap. Additionally, by regularly using your bed, or even your bedroom, as your studying or working location, you might be impacting your normal sleep.

So what's a student or work-from-home lawyer to do?

Tips for Deciding What Classes to Take in Law School

Deciding what classes to take in law school is a little like choosing from a restaurant menu.

It depends on what you're looking for: health foods, bargain items, or pure indulgence? We've all done one or the other, and you can do this, too.

Here are a few tips to help you get a balanced meal. The last thing you want to do is leave law school feeling empty.

A recent report from American Lawyer and ALM explains the age-old conundrum of senior associates: Do you have to accept that offer of partnership?

When looking at the financial aspect of partnership, often senior associates find that accepting partnership actually will put less money in their pockets. This is usually due to the fact that partners are not normal W-2'ed employees, they're part-owners, and thus have to pay their own benefits in full, as well as their own employment taxes, insurance, and then there's the capital contributions partners are expected to make.

No one ever said law school was going to be easy. However, when people tell you that law school grades are random and arbitrary, well that's just ridiculous.

Sure, there may be a couple random circumstances that arise, like whether you wake up sick, or your bus breaks down on the way to the exam, or some jerk passes some nasty gas right next to you during the exam, but that doesn't mean your law school grades are random or arbitrary. And while law school exams might not be wholly indicative of a student's future ability to be a good lawyer, they certainly measure how well a student understands the material, which is likely to be indicative of whether the student will pass their bar exam and become a lawyer at all.

When studying for law school exams, or even the bar exam, perhaps the best resource for law students and future lawyers are practice questions.

However, simply running through as many as possible isn't enough. After all, it's highly unlikely you'll see any of the same questions anyway, and there's more to preparation than just practice.

Below you can get a little advice on how to get the most out of law school and bar exam practice questions.