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The Truth About 'The Most Interesting Man In The World'

For over 40 years, Jonathan Goldsmith worked as a journeyman actor with hundreds of IMDB credits to his name.<p>In 2006, he booked the role of a lifetime: the spokesperson for a Dos Equis beer campaign that soon made him known to millions as "The Most Interesting Man In The World."<p>Goldsmith lived and …

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7 Hacks For Mastering The LSAT

We spoke with J.Y. Ping, co-creator of 7sage LSAT Prep, about how to do that.<p>Ping, who has a law degree from Harvard, has helped thousands of students prepare for the LSAT with really specific tips. We've compiled the best ones below.<p>The LSAT means a lot to law school applications. A good score can …

Writing

Here's How You Should Be Studying For The LSAT

J.Y. Ping, co-creator of 7sage LSAT Prep, has a law degree from Harvard and has helped thousands of students prepare for — and hopefully ace — the LSAT. We spoke to him about the best ways to study.<p><b>1. Don't drink.</b> "A beer here and there won't hurt, but you have to cut out binge drinking — which is …

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Is Law School a Good Deal After All?

A fascinating new paper argues that a J.D. is worth $1 million over the course of a career, and that the recession hasn't dampened its value. But don't go racing for your LSAT prep book just yet.<p>Ever since the Great Recession sucked the air out of the legal industry, an extremely vocal group of …

How the Job Market for Law School Grads Crumbled (and How It Could Come Back to Life)

Young people are abandoning the idea of getting a legal degree. As a result, there might just be enough jobs around for the students who actually do.<p>Last week, it was reported that law school applications were on pace to hit a 30-year low, a dramatic turn of events that could leave campuses with …

Why Now Is A Good Time To Apply To Law School

Fewer people are applying to law school. They worry there will be no job waiting for them on the other side. And, indeed, some recent graduates are having a terrible time of it. Often, though, you see an increase in applications during economic slumps as students wait out the bad job market. …

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FORTUNE — Outwardly, law schools are resolutely going about the business of educating America’s attorneys. But no one can ignore the cracks spreading though the legal world’s foundations as a smaller number of students are applying to earn legal degrees, and fewer graduates are finding law-related …

‘I Consider Law School A Waste Of My Life And An Extraordinary Waste Of Money'

This law school graduate's answers are sobering. He attended a school that's one of the top 20 in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report, and yet he struggled to find decent work.<p>He believes his law school tricked him into thinking he'd easily find a prestigious job after …

College & University

Stop Whining About How Law School Ruined Your Life And Try Working Harder

I was in a similar situation to this individual when I graduated law school. I graduated during the recession, when biglaw was not hiring, and ended up working for a small firm making approximately $50,000 a year. Never once did I think to complain in the manner that this anonymous individual has …

Mick Jagger

7 Things You Should Know Before Dating Someone In Law School

1. When you fight, you will never win.<p>Give up arguing with a law student because he or she will not back down (arguing is practically their job). …

Law Schools See Drop In First-Year Students

Law schools are seeing their lowest enrollment numbers of first-year students since the 1970s. It's partly due to the recent recession and partly due to the high cost of law school, according to the president of the American Bar Association.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>Could we be facing a shortage …

Law-school matriculation plunges to 1970s levels

(This story was published by The Wall Street Journal Online's Law Blog at http://blogs.wsj.com/law/)<p>First-year enrollment at U.S. law schools plunged …

Here's The 'Single Most Determinate Factor' That Reveals If Law School Is A Waste

"The single most determinate factor I noticed from all those I know from law school was not grades, class rank, or school attended," our source said in an email, "but rather whether they had a set goal, a motivation for going."<p>That lawyer graduated in 2011 from a school ranked "somewhere in the …

Employment

What The Facebook Didn't Learn at Harvard, We Need to Teach at Law School

I took my tech law students on a field trip to see <i>The Social Network</i> when it premiered in 2010. My hope was to impart upon them the need to get the venture's legal structure, IP assignments, equity distributions, and other contractual relations in place before success. No one fights over the legal …

Innovation

Attorney Offers Students 1,000 Reasons To Skip Law School

<i>If you had the chance to do it over, would you do it again?</i><p>It’s one of the most popular questions in my “ask the taxgirl” mailbag. Despite – or maybe because of – the scary job market, I get a lot of inquiries about law school: Is it worth it? Is it necessary if I just want to work in the tax …

The One Big Question About RSA and Its Relationship With the NSA

Last week, the Internet security world was jolted by a Reuters report detailing a secret $10 million payment to the security company RSA from the …

Information Security

Security Blogger Brian Krebs Is Trying To Track Down The Target Hacker By Talking To Suspected Credit Card Thieves

He's been revealing the underground black markets where the Target hackers are allegedly selling the stolen credit cards. (Interestingly, one thing he discovered is that credit cards from non-U.S. banks are priced higher, from $23.62 per card to as high as $135 per card, he says.)<p>On top of that, he …

Identity Theft

Google sues to protect Android device makers from Apple-backed patent hell

Advertisement<p>161 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sergej Khakimullin<p><b>Update:</b> <i>This article produced a torrent of abuse, accusations and even some insight</i> …

John Gruber

Detroit Doesn’t Need Partisanship. It Needs Solutions.

When I went to Detroit earlier this month to discuss jobs and economic freedom, there were two things front and center on my mind and my agenda. First, if politicians truly want to help Detroit or the people of other cities and areas in similar situations, we need to learn from the mistakes of the …

You'd Never Expect To Find This Opulent Mansion Next To A Gas Station In Detroit

You'd never expect to find <i>this</i> between a gas station and a parking garage on a busy Detroit street. But sure enough, the historic (and humongous) Hecker-Smiley mansion looms on a block of Woodward Avenue -- and it's for sale for less than the price of a decent two-bedroom apartment in</i> …

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CORRECTED-Committee for unsecured creditors appointed in Detroit bankruptcy

(Corrects first sentence to reflect the committee was named by the bankruptcy trustee, not the judge)<p>DETROIT, Dec 23 (Reuters) - An independent federal trustee helping to administer Detroit’s historic bankruptcy case on Monday named a committee to represent interests of the unsecured creditors as …

Can Urban Farming Brighten Detroit?

Brightmoor is one of many blighted neighborhoods in Detroit, but a small group of people is hoping to save it through farming. For more, guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with Riet Schumack, co-founder of Neighbors Building Brightmoor.<p>Transcript<p>CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:<p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR …

NSA Panel Member Recommends Increased Data Collection

Mi­chael Mo­rell, the former act­ing dir­ect­or of the CIA and a mem­ber of Pres­id­ent Obama’s task force on sur­veil­lance, said in an in­ter­view …

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Here's What Happened When Cracker Barrel Briefly Decided To Get Rid Of 'Duck Dynasty' Merchandise

Here's a funny and instructive side story in the "Duck Dynasty" affair. Cracker Barrel, the popular roadside "home cooking" restaurant chain, announced today it would stop carrying Duck Dynasty merchandise after Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments. Their change didn't last long.<p>From Hilary Sargent, …

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Detroit would pay $65M less to banks in new deal

In the new agreement, Bank of America and UBS would get $165 million.<p>DETROIT — Banks will get about $65 million less than previously anticipated in an agreement that Detroit officials and creditors reached Tuesday to settle another deal that was costing the city 5% of its revenue each year.<p>The new …

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Detroit reaches deal to end interest-rate swaps

DETROIT (Reuters) - The city of Detroit reached an agreement on Tuesday with two banks to end a costly interest-rate swap agreement, a significant step as the city negotiates with creditors to put together a plan to exit the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.<p>Detroit will pay $165 …

Here's How The Government Could Make Sure That Everyone Gets At Least $500 Per Month

The idea is simple: the federal government would send a check to every adult each month. It would replace all income security and health programs (Medicaid, EITC, TANF, SNAP, etc.) run by the federal government.<p>This would give low-income Americans more autonomy to use their benefits as they see fit …

Income Inequality