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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 »

Last minute LSAT tips—December 2016 edition

This is it - the December LSAT, this coming Saturday! I’m sending out best wishes to all of you taking the test, as well as these tips for the last week.

  • First off, it’s time to taper off from studying —  there’s not much more that studying and/or practice can do for you now except make you more stressed out and tired. Rather, it’s time to get your mind and body in shape.
  • No more alcohol for the week! (yes, that includes “Thirsty Thursday”!)
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Eat well (but nothing you haven’t tried before that might upset your stomach). Have breakfast Saturday morning, and bring a snack for the break. Don’t forget to hydrate — this is a physical endurance event almost as much as a mental one, and your body needs... read more »

Law-related courses: Spring 2017

UMass has a large number of courses that deal with law in some significant way. But how do you find them? Right here. I’ve gone through SPIRE to discover them so you don’t have to.

Some important caveats:

  • Enrolling in law-related classes is NOT a prerequisite for getting into law school—law school admission committees do not care whether you take law courses in college.
  • The list below can help you sample law in the classroom, but remember that the study of law is very different from the practice of law.
  • This is NOT a complete list of all courses that touch on or provide background for understanding legal issues, only those most directly related to law. It is also limited to those classes offered at UMass (and not the other local colleges) this Fall.
  • This... read more »

Local law firm internships available

This just in from Dunn & Phillips, a law firm with offices in Amherst, right over on Fearing Street:

The Law Offices of Dunn and Phillips (Amherst) is currently accepting applicants for positions in our firm. We have 2 opportunities for internships, one as a Legal Intern, and one as a Marketing Intern. Descriptions of the two positions are listed below. If interested in either position, please submit your resume and a writing sample to our email: dunnandphillipsamherst@gmail.com Legal Intern: The duties of Legal Intern will consist of the following: legal research, drafting documents (motions, affidavits, memos, etc.), and client interviews. Legal interns will have the opportunity to observe courtroom proceedings including but not limited to: depositions, MCAD hearings, MCAD mediations, arbitrations, conciliations, Clerk Magistrate’s hearings, Pre-Trial Hearings, etc. Marketing Intern:Tthe duties of Marketing Intern will consist of the following: maintaining the firm’s... read more »

Meet the Lawyers of Meet the Law - Fall 2016

Another great line-up of lawyer-alums is in formation for the October 25th, 2016 edition of Meet the Law (6pm, CHC Events Hall). Here are the participating attorneys. Don’t forget to sign up here.

Ray Dinsmore (History ‘02, Western New England Law ‘06), Partner, Dinsmore Stark, Northampton (primarily labor and employment law)

Sheila Flaherty (Political Science ‘87, Georgetown Law ‘93), formerly Chief Legal Counsel, Demandware, Burlington MA (corporate law)

Natalie Higgins (Political Science & Spanish ‘09, Northeastern Law ‘14), Executive Director, PHENOM (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts), Boston (higher education, lobbying)

Caroline MacKenzie (English ‘03, Suffolk Law ‘12), Associate Attorney, Arlanson Law Offices, Norwell, Mass. (estate planning and probate)

Anthony Maio (Psychology ‘90, Mass. School of Law ‘96), Law Offices of Anthony Maio, Boston (personal injury, real estate)

Vanessa Martinez (Spanish ‘06, Western New England Law ‘11), Associate, Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, Springfield, MA (primarily real estate and civil... read more »

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