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What to do about that June 2017 LSAT disappointment

That was not the score you were hoping for, I know. It happens—more often than you probably think.

First things first: it’s going to be okay, I promise. This is not the end of your life or even your law school plans.

Second thing: it’s probably not worth your time to read all that stuff online about the curving of the scores, and whether that particular logic game was the hardest ever. LSAT prep companies and tutors obsess about those minutiae because it’s their job. Your job is to get into law school.

So your next step is to make a decision about a possible retake —August 2nd is the deadline to register for the September 16, 2017 LSAT, but if you want to seriously pursue a retake, you’ll need to start prepping much sooner. That decision has nothing to... read more »

NSO 2017: Welcome to UMass Amherst!

Welcome incoming first-years and transfer students!

If you’re already thinking about an eventual legal career, this post is for you. If you missed or can’t make one of the NSO Pre-Law info sessions (Mondays and Thursdays at 2:15 pm in Student Union Room 411), or you lost the printed handouts amidst all the other paper you gathered during New Student Orientation (NSO), fear not—it’s all right here. 

First off:

There is nothing you MUST or SHOULD do as an incoming first year or transfer student in order to prepare for law school – no required classes or majors, no magic extracurricular activities.

Study what you love, pursue your passions, explore your interests.

You’ll find pages of info on undergraduate preparation for law school right here. This post is the short version.

Academics

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Law-related courses: Fall 2017

It’s Fall 2017 course registration time! Here are some law-related courses you might find interesting, as well as a bunch of caveats to keep in mind.

First off:

There is nothing you MUST do as an undergrad in order to prepare for law school – no required classes or majors, no magic extracurricular activities.

Study what you love, pursue your passions, explore your interests.

You’ll find pages of info on undergraduate preparation for law school right here. 

Academics

Beyond studying what you love, the most important things you can do in the classroom to enhance your eventual application to law school are the following:

  • Learn how to be a good writer – take classes in which you’ll write a lot and get good feedback on your writing.
  • Maintain a strong GPA.... read more »

Meet the Lawyers of Meet the Law - Spring 2017

This semester’s Meet the Law speed-networking event with UMass Amherst lawyer-alums features a great group of attorneys in diverse areas of law. Check them out below, mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 28th from 6pm to 8pm in the CHC Events Hall, and don’t forget to register here. Most fun and informative networking event of the spring.

Colin Black (Legal Studies ‘93, Suffolk Law ‘01) Partner, Donovan Hatem Employment litigation, lawyer professional development Brett Blank (Political Science ‘05, Western New England Law ‘09) Assistant General Counsel, Mass. Executive Office of Health & Human Services Litigation, healthcare and non-profit regulation

Lillian Chukwurah (Legal Studies ‘12, New England Law ‘15) Principal, Lilly Legal Immigration and family law

Chase Liu (History ‘04, Northeastern Law) Founder & Managing Attorney, ArkSwan Legal Advising business start-ups

Carole Sakowski Lynch (Political Science ‘80, Western New England Law ‘87) Partner, Morrison Mahoney Employment, discrimination, municipal law... read more »

December LSAT disappointment? Read this first.

The December 2016 LSAT scores are out and some of your are no doubt disappointed. Your array of options is clear, even if which one to choose is murkier:

1. Apply now with your current score. 2. Retake in February and apply at that time. 3. Apply now, but retake in February in the hopes that either your application won’t be reviewed before then, or that the law schools will reconsider your admission/scholarship determination with your new score. 4. Wait ‘til next year (or later).

NOTE that options 2 and 3 aren’t on the table if you didn’t already sign up for February—it’s too late to sign up now. The first step in considering each of these options is deciding whether a retake (in February or next cycle) makes sense for you.

So let’s first honestly assess what happened with this test administration:<... read more »

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