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UCLA Law Students Create Game-Changing Startup to Combat Emissions

Mac Kennedy and Mary Vu have the kind of drive that can help in law school and in life.

The UCLA law students won a $70,000 prize for a startup that recycles carbon dioxide emissions into plastic. Based on their business plan and presentation, they won the money in a competition for new entrepreneurs.

They were motivated because carbon dioxide is a serious problem, and they weren't going to just sit around watch it get worse.

For first year law students approaching their last final exams of their first year, the pressure and stress may be near paralyzing. However, remember if you made it this far, statistically speaking, you'll make it all the way.

You've made it through one round of exams already, and hopefully you learned something from that experience. Just keep calm and study on. And to help you keep that studying going, below you'll find five important reminders to motivate you in the face of the adversity that is law school final exams.

Law Professor Wins Pulitzer for Book on Blacks and Criminal Justice System

It's not every day, or every year, that a lawyer wins the Pulitzer Prize.

The prize is known mostly for awarding excellence in journalism, although it also goes to winners in letters, the arts, and special categories. Rapper Kendrick Lamar, for example, won a Pulitzer this year for an album.

Yale law professor James Forman Jr. won the prize for something less lyrical: his book about mass incarceration of blacks in America. It says a lot about the times, and that is the real news.

Law schools often come under fire for doing an awful job of preparing law students to pass the bar, and/or become actual practicing lawyers able to pay off their massive student loans.

Not failing to stand out from the pack, one UK law school is catching grief over the dress code rubric used to score the professional appearance of students in a "vocational" course teaching students how to handle witness examinations. And while there is some curious verbiage, commentators all seem to have latched onto a stunning revelation about legal fashion for men: Not wearing a double-breasted suit coat can result in a point deduction. Furthermore, since leopard print is now acceptable ( ... wait what?), as you might expect, the rubric contains some completely unnecessary and outdated "professional" fashion standards.

Harvard Lawyers Defend Naked Student in High-Profile Beating Case

With video of the arrest in, the jury is already out in the case of a naked Harvard student who was subdued by police on the streets of Cambridge.

No actual trial has started -- against the mathematics student or the local police -- but the graphic video includes voice-overs from bystanders who have already rendered their verdict in the court of public opinion.

"Hey, stop f****** punching him," says one of several people who condemned the cops at the scene. "We got this recorded."

ABA May Eliminate Admissions Tests for Law Schools

A restless student awoke from a dream that the Law School Admissions Test floated away on a cloud.

Then he woke up, and found it wasn't just a dream. The American Bar Association was actually thinking about eliminating the LSAT and all admissions tests for law schools.

No more testing! Getting into law school will be so easy! Wait, is everybody getting punked?

In an act of protest against fossil fuels, civil rights champion and attorney David Buckley committed suicide via self-immolation.

The attorney was a mere 60 years old and had devoted the early part of his second act to environmental causes. His actions, according to a note found by his body, and emails he sent before carrying out his plan, attempted to raise awareness of mankind's destruction of the environment via burning fossil fuels.

As the end of the semester and final exams loom, law students who are depending on their study group may start wondering about their group members' abilities. The more that law students rely on a study group, the more they may be concerned about whether what their fellow group members are doing will help or hurt.

There may be several questions floating through your mind, from whether you can trust your study group members to prepare adequate outlines, to concerns about being overly social, or even whether you are being deliberately lied to by the entire group in a massive conspiracy to ensure you get the worst grade and skew the curve up. If you're leaning towards the latter, you may be letting paranoia get the best of you. Get some rest and maybe get some help.

Below you can find three tips to make sure you're not going to be sorry for joining a study group.

NFL Accuses Law Firms of Fraudulent Concussion Claims

One billion dollars is a lot to fight over, even among wealthy football players.

That explains half the battle over a $1 billion settlement for retired players who claim concussion injuries against the National Football League. But with the NFL alleging "deep and widespread" fraud among the claimants, the contest is far from over.

The NFL says lawyers are a big part of the problem, steering players to certain doctors and coaching them how to make claims. They make it sound like a typical insurance fraud ring, without the jerseys and end-zone celebrations.

A group of murderers may be getting a second chance to prove their innocence, despite the fact that the evidence, as reported by the media, seems beyond damning. The group that murdered Charles Lambert in 2008, then stole his identity, money, and even tried to sell his house, are all trying to get a retrial over their trial judge's biased, homophobic comments. And one of them may actually be getting one.

Judge David Downing of Riverside County in California was caught on the recording not only making inappropriate comments about one of the defendant's HIV status, but also explained his refusal to sever two defendants' trial was purely a matter of convenience for his own workload.