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Being a lawyer can be stressful. And while the work can be fiscally, mentally, and spiritually rewarding, it is also rather taxing.

Taking regular vacations is a good way to ensure that the work doesn't grind you down. Below are five of the best vacation destinations for busy lawyers.

BigLaw Firms Ditch the Booze at Summer Associate Events

Some law firms finally got the memo: stop serving alcohol at firm events.

It's not like Prohibition; we know how that turned out. But law firms are learning that drinking alcohol is not a good idea at work.

Maybe alcohol-free zones -- like smoke-free zones -- will become the norm someday. In the meantime, major law firms have decided it's about time.

When lawyers want to make money, in many practices, all it takes is working more hours in the day, generating more revenue, and racking up those billable hours. For contingency practices, more hours may not translate to more pay right away, but the same idea still applies. Work more, earn more.

If your firm can support you by providing an endless amount of work, and incentivizes you to exceed minimum billable hour requirements, then the decision to put in extra hours is limited only by your own desire to make money. If you're not incentivized to exceed the minimums, then consider moonlighting. But, if there are incentives, you may want to consider the Michigan patent lawyer who recently made headlines for billing 3,600 hours in 2017. Hypothetically speaking, if he cleared $300 an hour of his own billables, he made over a million by billing alone.

According to a recent study discussed in the Harvard Business Review, lawyers are the loneliest group of workers in America. Given the legal profession's proclivity for long hours, alcoholism, and depression, most lawyers are probably thinking: I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.

The study surveyed almost 2,000 full time employees across various industries. Interestingly, the findings correlate higher education with higher levels of loneliness and suggests that: "The solitude of the ivory tower seems to be a real phenomenon." There's no doubt that professional jobs, and those that require graduate degrees, are time consuming and often require long stretches of solitary work, which naturally can lead to feeling lonely.

You'd think that after making partner, you wouldn't have to pretend to be working when another partner walks by. However, for one New York attorney facing public censure, he's learning the hard lesson that there's a big difference between juggling content around on a computer monitor and falsifying your billing logs, even if you're not sending the padded bills on to your clients.

The lawyer admitted to the fact that he falsified almost 95 hours in order to show his partners that he was busier than he actually was, but fortunately the court believe that he never intended to send, and never did send, those falsified hours on to any clients.

There's no doubt that law school is stressful and that pets are great for reducing stress. It would seem that the two are a perfect pair.

However, pets require a certain level of attention and care that might be too much for some law students. Depending on the pet and the law student's living situation, it can be really beneficial or an additional stressor, especially if the pet is not suited to the environment, or solely dependent on the law student for care and attention.

Below you'll find three very important questions to ask yourself when deciding to get a pet while you're in law school.

The holiday season is now in full swing, and while it is, arguably, the best time of year, for non-retail businesses, working professionals, and law students, it is also one of the most challenging. This is due to the fact that along with all the celebrations and festiveness, and individuals taking vacations, productivity (for some easily explainable reason) seems to go right out the window. This seasonal phenomenon is often referred to as 'holiday-it is.'

Generally, this phenomenon is characterized by individuals sloughing off work, being disorganized, or working in a "countdown mode" of sorts. Everyone's basically just trying to get to and through the end of the year, mostly by coasting and enjoying the parties and lax holiday attitudes. Below, you can learn to get through it in two simple steps.

It's a tale as old as lawyering. Lawyer has a drug problem. Lawyer goes to court. Lawyer starts jonesing for their drug of choice. Lawyer sneaks off to bathroom to snort drugs off their cell phone in a toilet stall. Someone overhears the suspicious noises and reports it to court security. Lawyer gets arrested while in court for doing drugs in the courthouse bathroom.

Sadly, for one law student intern in Macon, Georgia, she is living this unfortunate tale before even becoming a lawyer. At a court hearing, before 10:00 am, a bailiff was notified that she had allegedly snorted oxycodone off her cell phone while in the courthouse bathroom, then she walked into the courtroom to assist the attorney for which she was interning. The bailiff then notified the sheriff who made the arrest.

There's no doubt that while working as an associate, grinding out billable hours better than any robot ever could, attorneys are going to need some stress relief. However, relying on alcohol as the primary method of stress relief can lead to serious health consequences.

Many law firms host weekly happy hours, or may even have a fully stocked bar onsite. Some real life lawyers even have those fancy crystal glass liquor decanter sets you see in TV lawyers' offices. But will just working at a law firm lead to alcoholism?

Being an attorney can be stressful. It requires skills in time management, people management, business administration, bookkeeping -- not to mention meeting strict filing deadlines while upholding ethical standards and exercising due diligence on behalf of clients. The stress of practice can often wear on a practitioner's mental health.

Mental health is really important. An attorney that isn't taking care of their health, either physical or mental, is doing their clients a disservice. A person doesn't need to have a diagnosable mental health condition in order to be cognizant of, and take actions to maintain and protect, their own mental health. For attorneys, failing to do so can have real consequences for both you and your clients.