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Making it to law school is an achievement in and of itself. However, once you're there, you'll soon realize that your peers are your competition. Not only are classes graded on a curve, but, even in the largest cities, there are only so many paying jobs that offer law students any real working experience.

As such, it can often pay, literally, to stand out from the crowd. However, be warned, there's an old saying that's as true today as it ever was: the nail that sticks out gets hammered down.

Below you'll find a few tips to help you stand out from your law school peers.

Andrew Parnas, who dreamed of going to law school at age 10, is now, at age 18, going to be starting law school this fall at George Washington University. And if you think the young man is full of idealism and passion for fighting the good fight, guess again.

The tenacious teen foresees a future in corporate law departments doing M&A, or working in ADR. Not only does he have political aspirations, but he only sees law school as a "stepping stone" to achieve his broader goals.

When it comes to choosing the right computer for law school, many prospective and current students often succumb to decision paralysis. After all, lawyers are known for loving their laptops. Luckily, choosing the wrong laptop is easily avoidable.

First and foremost, most law schools will provide some minimal guidance as to the requirements for student computers to work on their networks and be compatible with school specific software. For instance, Duke University School of Law warns students to not even bother bringing a Windows XP computer as these are no longer supported by the university, nor Microsoft.

Charlotte School of Law Is Expiring

For Charlotte School of Law, the funeral march started a year ago.

It began when the American Bar Association suspended its accreditation. Then the Department of Education stopped its federal student loans. Now its license as an educational institution has expired.

"[T]o ensure that CSL does not inadvertently run afoul of North Carolina law, we have taken down the school's website to avoid any perception that we may be engaged in unauthorized conduct," the law school president and dean told students in an email.

So that's it. The bitter end.

Georgetown Launches Constitutional Rights Center

Justice will not be delayed at Georgetown's Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection.

The institute, which was launched to show students how to fight for constitutional rights and values, filed an amicus brief the same day in ODonnell v. Harris County, a high-profile case that questions the practice of jailing poor defendants.

"(Detaining indigent defendants based solely on their inability to pay money bail, while others similarly situated but able to pay are released, offends the Constitution, undermines confidence in the criminal justice system, impedes the work of prosecutors, and fails to promote safer communities," the brief says.

For a one-day-old organization, that's quite an opening statement.

10 Best Part-Time Law School Programs

Choosing a part-time or full-time law program is like choosing between vanilla and chocolate.

Both work, but some people hate one or the other. A part-time curriculum seems distasteful to full-timers who can't image anything less than complete devotion to their studies.

But part-time students can actually have their cake and eat it, too, as long as they don't overdose. Here's a guide to the best part-time programs and other considerations.

With Less Competition, Is Now the Time to Apply to Law School?

Predicting the future of law schools is a bit like predicting the weather.

Everybody hopes for sunny skies, but meteorology is a science not a hope. And when the clouds come, we often look for silver linings to shade us from disappointment.

So in the dreary climate of declining law school applications, there is some hope if not science. Look at it this way: there is less competition to get into law school now.

Two More Law Schools Accept GRE

What was once an anomaly is now a trend: two more law schools are accepting the Graduate Record Examination for admissions.

Georgetown Law and Northwestern's Pritzker School of Law will accept the alternate test or the traditional Law School Admission Test for the entering class of 2018. The schools made the announcement the same day, bringing the count up to four nationwide.

The University of Arizona's Rogers College of Law led the way last year, followed by Harvard Law School this year. Despite a slow start, the movement is gaining speed.

Will DeVos Save Charlotte Law School?

Reports about the death of Charlotte School of Law have been greatly exaggerated -- for now.

According to reports, the U.S. Department of Education may restore federal funding for student loans at the law school. At least that's what Charlotte's interim dean is saying.

"We are excited at the prospect of being able to help our students complete their legal education," said dean Paul Meggett.

Charlotte students are praying it works out. But as Mark Twain also wrote, "You can't pray a lie."

Law Grad Wins $65,000 Moot Court Prize

Moot court winners typically get applause and bragging rights, but these competitors split $115,000 in prize money.

In the rare air of the Phillip R. Shawe Scholarship Competition, three winners beat out 240 students who submitted briefs. The finalists argued before a panel of judges, and University of Florida Levin College of Law's Steven Hermosa answered the $65,000 first-place questions.

"You not only answered the questions, but you used the questions to further your argument," competition judge Alan Dershowitz told Hermosa. "By the end of your answers, you were not in the same position you were in before the question was asked, you were in a better position, and that to me is the key to an extraordinarily effective oral argument."