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Not all law schools are the same. A student who gets a JD from Yale could have a much different experience than someone who studied at the University of Southern California, who in turn could have a very different three years than someone at the University of New Hampshire.

We're not just talking about differences in ranking, professors, or geography, either. We're talking differences in teaching styles. And those differences could have a significant impact on your success in law school and your career afterwards.

Harvard University's dining services workers went on strike last week, after months of stalled negotiations with the university. The workers are asking Harvard, a nonprofit with a $35 billion endowment, to pay them $35,000 a year, or less than half the $88,000 it costs to attend Harvard Law for a year.

Some of HLS's 1Ls want to lend the striking workers a hand -- and a meal. Students have proposed feeding the workers at their section events, causing Harvard Law School Dean Marcia Sells to send out a letter declaring that it "does not seem to make sense for us to encourage with Section Funds for students to bring in food to feed workers who are on strike."

Have dreams of being a big city lawyer, shuttling between your Park Avenue apartment and downtown firm? Want to be in the hustle and bustle of a major metropolitan center?

Well, it's not impossible, but you might have a much better life ahead of you if you went the other route and worked in America's smaller towns. A new survey by Good Call looked at the best cities for recent law school graduates in terms of jobs, affordability, and cultural opportunities, and found a lot of lesser-known towns at the top of the list.

If you want to score higher on your law school midterms and final exams, try writing more. A new study by researchers at Brigham Young University's law school claims that law students can bump a 3.3 grade on timed essays up to a 3.4 simply by including 923 more words in their answer.

But don't just mash your keyboard during your upcoming exams. If you want to do better, you'll probably have to do more than just up your verbosity. Here's why.

The American Bar Association won't lose its ability to accredit new law schools, at least not in the immediate future. The Department of Education informed the bar association last week that it was rejecting a recommendation that it suspend the ABA's power to accredit new law schools for a year.

In June, the National Advisory Council on Institutional Quality and Integrity had recommended the accreditation suspension, after criticizing the association for failing to pay sufficient attention to student achievement. No law schools had lost their accreditation over the past five years, NACIQI noted, and the ABA had continued to accredit new law schools -- even as tuition rose, student success dropped, and the number of legal jobs shrank.

Indiana Tech School of Law opened in 2013, touting its emphasis on practical skills and "synergistic" approach to cross-disciplinary studies. It graduated its first class of J.D.s just this May, just 20 in all. Of that 20, only 12 sat for the bar exam in Indiana. Of that twelve, only one passed. That's a pass rate of only 8.33 percent, just slightly higher than the interest rates on those grads' student loans.

The school was granted provisional accreditation just this March, but its poor showing on the bar exam should have students and administrators wondering about its future.

Law schools excel at teaching the theory of law but not exactly its practice. You can spend years learning some of the nation's most important legal precedents and discussing obscure points of jurisprudence, but if you want to put that knowledge in to practice, you're going to need to get some experience.

Thankfully, you don't have to wait till you've graduated to start getting some experience in how law is actually practiced. Here are some ways to get your feet wet as a law student.

The typical law student will have about two dozen professors in his or her law school career. Many of them will be fine, some will be meh, a few will be bad, and one or two will be truly great -- the kind of professor you'll remember fondly years down the road. Maybe they turned you on to a new area of the law or a new way of thinking about the legal system. Maybe they made a topic you hated seem tolerable, even enjoyable. Maybe they just made you laugh.

If you've had a professor like this, consider yourself lucky. And if you've yet to find one, start looking. They're out there. Here's what to search for.

A new year of law school is just starting and you already have your regrets. Law school isn't what you expected. The law really isn't what you want to do. This isn't how you want to spend your life.

Is it too soon to turn and run the other way?

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