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5 Things About Justice Ginsburg (That You Might Not Know)

Let's not kid ourselves - as law students, lawyers, or prospective lawyers, we can get a tad bit geeky. This means that you definitely have a favorite Supreme Court justice, for one. Mine happens to be Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

If you don't already know about RBG, make sure you look up her extraordinary life. If strong, resilient, certified-badass women are your thing, you might be interested. For those of us who are already familiar with her well-known accolades and general life story, however, here are 5 awesome "other" things about the great RBG that you might actually not know:

Cut Law School Application Costs: Freebies and Waivers

It adds up pretty quickly, doesn’t it?

  • LSAT $165
  • Credential Assembly Service $160
  • Law School Reports $25 per school
  • Application Fees $50-$60 per school

Looking to cut back on the money you spend before you even get into law school? The easiest way to trim the bill is a Law School Admission Council (LSAC) fee waiver, but they are notoriously difficult to get. As a point of reference, as a pizza delivery boy, with a sub-$20k income, I still didn’t qualify back in 2007.

5 Things You Should Know About BigLaw (That You Might Not)

Got a BigLaw gig lined up, soon-to-be-employed-one? Or, maybe you’re working on securing that offer soon enough. Regardless of whether or not you’ve actually managed to secure what is a pipe dream for many, these days, it’s best to always be prepared for what you’re getting yourself into.

For those of you who are currently studying for the bar (Godspeed) who may have a nice gig lined up after this, here are some things you should know about working in BigLaw, that you may not:

Fla. Prosecutor's Suspension Doubled; Was Ex Parte BFFs With Judge

Let's set the scene here. Omar Loureiro was the defendant in a first-degree capital murder case. He was accused of near-decapitation of a man he met in a bar, though he claimed that he was fending off an unwanted sexual advance.

Presiding over the trial was the Honorable Judge Ana Gardiner, the first female Hispanic judge in Florida. Appearing before her, on behalf of the State of Florida was then-Assistant State Attorney Howard Scheinberg. The jury convicted Loureiro and recommended the death penalty, which Gardiner imposed.

5 Hobbies Ruined By Law School: Why you Should Remember Them

Before law school, you had hobbies.

What was that, Attorney? You’re familiar with the word but can’t recall what it means? Hobbies are activities you do regularly not out of compulsion, but for the sheer joy of it. You had them. Then law school came along and killed changed your priorities.

Let’s jog your memory. Here are five hobbies that law school ruined for you and a few thoughts on why you might want to bring them back:

Law Student Embezzled Over $30k For Drugs and Alcohol

Courtesy of the University of Baltimore law school, here's a good old-fashioned embezzlement story. Twenty-nine-year-old Margaret Oyler was given a 5-year suspended prison sentence and a 3-year probation last week, after she pleaded guilty to having stolen $33,000 from the school's Student Bar Association (SBA).

Looks like she can now join the ranks of other recent "lawyers (or aspiring lawyers) gone bad," such as our Berkeley law bird-beheaders and our wannabe-Hangover lawyer. Although, according to the Baltimore Sun, Oyler never actually graduated from law school. On top of that, with the likely wrath of the state bar's moral character committee, even if she chooses to still pursue a legal career, it doesn't look like an easy road back.

Waiting on the LSAT Score? 5 Tips for Your Personal Statement

There is nothing more difficult in this world than writing about one’s self. Sure, some people might cure diseases or genetically engineer crops that can feed millions of starving people, but have they ever tried to write about themselves without sounding like an egotistical, self-obsessed freak?

“Yeah. I cured cancer. Now I’m going to cure law.”

It’s a catch-22. Write about yourself positively and you sound arrogant and immodest, while if you take the other path, and play down your greatness, your essay either makes them ask “Why do we want this guy?” or makes you appear to have serious self-confidence issues.

Yeah, personal statements suck. Too bad, however, as nearly all schools require them. Some actually even read them, especially if you didn’t beat the LSAT like a boss. Here are a few tips that might minimize your agony:

Bar-Study? 5 Ways to De-Stress

In the middle of your very own hell (a grueling bar-study session)?

Let's skip the talk about how this is a rite of passage, a required test to take for anyone who wants to practice law, blah, blah, blah. Instead, let's focus on the present and the grueling reality that is your life right now.

Aside from tedious black-letter law that seems impossible to retain and pointless mnemonic devices, what do you need to know? Well, you need to stay sane. Your mental health is crucial, and you don't want to burn out too soon. This means that you should still be seeking out necessary breaks, and often. Here are five ways to help you de-stress:

Law Sucks. What Else is There? Rock Star

You thought you'd go to school, graduate, pay off your debts, buy a Maserati, and life would basically be perfect. Instead, you're hustling cases out of your bedroom, hoping that clients pay their bills, or better yet, that some firm will scoop you up for $40k per year.

Like we said, it ain't working out. How about becoming a musician? Either way, you'll be broke. At least as a musician, you'll be a "struggling artist" instead of an "unemployed attorney."

Tips For Unemployed Law Grads Who Still Want to be Lawyers

What are the unemployed law school graduates up to these days? Because, many of you who graduated this year, or even earlier, are likely still on the market for a full-time gig practicing law.

It's certainly a popular option to consider alternative careers for those of you who are burnt out from the law, or for those who weren't happy at the idea of practicing law. But, what about folks who, um, went to law school to be, well, you know, lawyers? Here are some options to consider pursuing, while you're still on the rampant job hunt.

Video of Lawyer in Road Rage Fight Goes Viral

A video of a lawyer in a road rage fight is making the rounds online, reports KABC-TV. The video features two older, well-dressed men in suits having a full-on brawl next to a white BMW. We all know the traffic in L.A. is bad and the road rage is even worse, but California-licensed attorney Randalf Lee Kincaid really doesn’t like the 405 Freeway.

The two men just got off the 405 Freeway at Burbank Boulevard when all of a sudden the Angry Esquire went rogue.

5 Things You Should Know About Law School (That You Might Not)

Yes, really, another post about the perils of attending law school. Of course, there are profits, as well. There’s no denying that law school has its rewards and that, despite what many legal blogs like to wax sarcastically poetic about — the profession is pretty rewarding.

For masochists.

Seriously, it can be rewarding, but the first step requires is that you know what you’re getting yourself into when you apply to law school.

Now’s the time for many to be thinking about applying to law school. If you’re wondering if you are making or have made the right call, here are some things that you should know about attending law school that you may not know:

Law School Application Reductions, Last Minute Scholarships

Yep, it certainly is a good time to apply to law school.

We’ve pontificated a bit about the decrease in applications, applicants, and demand for law school seats. We’ve also speculated on what that means for wannabe-lawyers. Now, we’re getting concrete examples of the fallout from the law school bubble-burst.

Schools are dumping scholarship offers on those who chose to go elsewhere. Though most schools’ application numbers are in line with the national decrease, a few lower-ranked schools actually had more applicants. It’s a mixed bag of data, but it furthers the notion that now, more than ever, your decision on which school to attend is more complicated than picking the higher rank.

Hot or Not: Are Lawyers Dateable?

Do people want to date lawyers? Unfortunately, the media's portrayal of folks in the legal sector is often more than a bit off, and it's a bit dismaying for some to realize that we're not all as beautiful as Harvey Specter.

It might be more realistic to ask how many times has "Boston Legal's" Denny Crane been married now? Also, let's not forget in "Sex & the City" where Miranda, at a speed-dating event, receiving blank stare after stare when she revealed that she was a successful attorney who'd graduated from Harvard Law School. Harvard. Law. She then posed as a stewardess, and instantly got a date.

That, unfortunately, is often more the norm. Why? What can we do about it?

Who Will #ReinventLaw? You Will, Desperate Tech-Savvy Attorney

Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers tells the tales of extraordinary people. More interesting than their success stories, however, is his analysis of what circumstances pushed them to greatness. One story in particular always resonated with me, especially once I began law school.

Herbert Wachtell, Martin Lipton, Leonard Rosen, and George Katz, the founders of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, graduated into a bad economy in the 1960s. They couldn’t land positions with the “white shoe” firms, in part because they were from working-class Jewish families. The four founders found a niche, corporate takeover law (which was seen as a lesser, dirtier field), and revolutionized it. They were at the right place, at the right time, and had, as Gladwell put it, “a good dose of ingenuity and drive.”

Legal Resume Faux Pas: Don'ts and Definitely Don'ts

Don't be alarmed, but your legal resume will hold you back if it's not presented a certain way. Sure, there are other crucial musts, like always having a business card handy and wearing a flawless suit at networking events. But, your resume is ultimately going to be you on a piece of (most often digital) paper in your job search.

Let's face it: the legal job market sucks. This means nobody in this shark-eat-shark world is going to have the time to rationalize why your resume, despite all its glaring flaws, should remain in the pile -- even if your mom thinks you're great in person.

So let's see if you can make your resume an even better one with these don'ts:

Legal Lessons From Viral Videos: Social Media is Forever

If there is a silver lining in the insane, disturbing, and inexcusable rant of Taylor Chapman, a woman purportedly denied a receipt at a Dunkin' Donuts, it's this: you'll almost certainly never face her in court. As a lawyer.

Yep. The woman behind "Taylor Chapman Dunkin Donuts Rant," is, according to The Smoking Gun, working towards her "JD in Law." (Complete redundancy. Someone please call Bryan Garner.) And where might she be studying? We have no idea. For some reason, all of her social media profiles have gone dark. However, she did earn her Business & Marketing degree at Nova Southeastern University. Her alma mater is surely proud of that connection now.

If you haven't seen the video, you can watch it below. Just be forewarned, it's eight minutes of obnoxious, entitled, racist, and possibly bath salt-inspired ranting over a forgotten receipt. It is not terribly safe for work, so be forewarned:

Lawyers, 5 Things Not to Say During Father's Day Brunch

At Father's Day brunch, a number of things might by swirling around in your stressed out head when your dad casually asks, "How's it going?" But remember, this is a day to celebrate your Pops.

So, in the spirit of helping the worried attorney this weekend, here are five things not to say during your Father's Day brunch:

What is a 'Lifestyle' Law Firm?

These days, more and more firms are being classified as "lifestyle" law firms. Before you ask, no, this doesn't mean that there's an abundant supply of Xanax in the break room (at least, there shouldn't be).

Well, what does it mean, then?

Generally speaking, lifestyle law firms try to maintain the importance of quality of life. They strive to recognize that lawyers have a life outside of their job, and do what they can to help maintain work-life-balance. This ultimately means less of that firm culture where the firm becomes your entire life, and more of a firm culture where the firm is only part of your life, and you still are able to maintain the core of who you are outside of work. Here are some "lifestyle" perks that you can find at certain firms:

Happy LSAT Day! What Now, Would-Be Legal Scholars?

Dear future barristers, scholars, and “never mind, I’m going to med school” types,

Today, you took the LSAT. It may have been an altogether unsatisfying experience, but at least you didn’t stay up all night writing your take-home history final in a San Francisco hotel (yeah, History 17B teacher. I didn’t forget). You took the test, hopefully did well, and now you’ll wait with bated breath for the next three weeks.

Now that the test is over, we’d advise you to do one thing tonight (after bookmarking this post for tomorrow, and beyond): have a beer or and relax. It’s too late to apply for fall, so you have plenty of time to get OCD about applications. Now, on to the the questions you are pondering:

Legal Professionals Report Weight Gain; How to Fight Back

File the results of this survey under, "Duh."

CareerBuilder commissioned an online survey of over 3,600 full-time workers, conducted by Harris Interactive. The topic? Packing on the pounds at work. Fifty-five percent of workers consider themselves overweight. Forty-one percent have gained weight at their present jobs, with fifty-nine percent gaining over 10 pounds and 30 percent gaining over 20 pounds.

The list, of course, includes mostly sedentary professions. Legal professionals place sixth, with forty-eight percent of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals reporting weight gain on the job.

Lawyer Trashes Hotel Room: Why 'The Hangover' is Better as Fiction

When a lawyer from Los Angeles, trashed his hotel suite at the Encore in Las Vegas, did he think that the Wolfpack from "The Hangover" would let him into their entourage?

In celebration of his birthday, 45-year-old Robert Pearman allegedly left his baller suite at the Encore (it was comprised of two stories and three bedrooms) in an utter disarray, according to the Las Vegas police. What does that look like, exactly?

5 Things You Should Know About The Bar (That You Might Not)

It's bar study season, once again. If you're one of the many thousands of miserable JDs currently in that process, it's not going to be a picnic for you. Unless you really hate picnics and find them ant filled, sun-screen coated miseries, in which case, it will be exactly like a 2-month-long picnic.

Here are 5 things that many lawyers wish they knew about studying for the bar that we are pretty sure they didn't, at the time.

The Top 5 Worst States for Law School Grads' Job Hunting

When I was a recent grad, desperate for a paying gig, I looked across this fair nation. I wondered, “Where might the jobs be?” And then I realized: there were none. So, much like my forefathers, I packed on up and moved to Southern California. After all, if you’re going to be living in a refrigerator box, is there a place with weather more suited to the lifestyle?

That realization of a nationwide depression was based, mostly, on anecdotal evidence and a dearth of job ads. Now, an intrepid Law Blogger, Matt Leichter of Law School Tuition Bubble, has actually done the work of sitting around and adding up all of the jobs and the unemployed grads (and bar passers). The Atlantic has taken his work one step further and turned that data into a handy map and a big chart.

And guess what? It’s all bad.

Top 10 Signs That You Dress Unprofessionally

Dressing unprofessionally is a concern many attorneys have (or should have). When professionals strut too much of their stuff or commit other fashion no-nos, it can detract from the work and give clients the wrong impression.

Here are the top ten signs that you dress unprofessionally:

LSAC Numbers: Fewer Applicants, Fewer Applications, Less Demand

So you want to be a lawyer? You're not alone. If you are seeking admittance to the class of 2016, you are one of 55,670 people who have applied for this upcoming school year, according to data released by the LSAC. That may sound like a lot, but that represents a 13.4 percent drop from last year.

That's good news for you (less competition). Here is some more: applications are down 18.8 percent.

Less applicants, submitting less applications per applicant, all for about 48,700 seats (as of Fall 2012).