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As an adjunct law professor at three law schools, I’ve seen the future of our legal profession at their very best, as well some of their not-so-finer moments. I’ve seen students get published in national journals, win prestigious moot court competitions and earn prized judicial clerkships. But I have to admit, none of my students have wound up in the spotlight like the following future lawyers—and that’s probably a good thing.

For starters, I’ve never had a student liven upon a graduation ceremony quite like 22-year-old Hiram Yahir Salas Romero did breaking from the strict “suits only” dress code at his graduation from the law program at Mexico’s Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez. Romero traded his business suit for a Spiderman costume he wore underneath and accepted his diploma dressed as the web-slinging superhero. Romero was chided by unhappy school administrators for breaking the “solemnity” of the occasion, but fellow students seemed to enjoy it and even posed for selfies with “Spidey.” Just remember this as you start practicing, Hiram—with great power comes great responsibility.

And while law students may become enthusiastic or even passionate about their chosen practice areas, few take it to the extreme that University of Santa Clara Law 1L Jess Miers did in 2018. Ms. Miers is so enamored of internet law and the importance of U.S.C. Section 230 for protecting against internet censorship that she got a Section 230 tattoo on the inside of her left wrist, complete with a mouse cursor hovering about the inked statute citation. Miers views it as a conversation starter. “I want people to ask me about my tattoo so that I am an advocate for less emotional and more informed decision-making about our internet.” Just remember this, Jess: tattoos are permanent, while practice specialty areas can be subject to change.

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