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Welcome to Fall 2019!

Welcome back or welcome for the first time to UMass Amherst! Regardless of where you are on your pre-law journey, we’ve got advice and support to offer. See below for more details by class year. (And alums, remember: we serve you on the same basis as current students—don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.) And don’t hesitate to reach out whenever you have questions—by email if it’s something simple or by scheduling an appointment if you’d like a more in-depth conversation.

Seniors, applying to law school this fall:

You are our first priority during the peak application season. You should be aiming to submit your applications by mid-November (mid-December if you’re planning to take the November LSAT) in order to have the best chances of admission. The pre-law advising office is available to assist you with figuring out the... read more »

What to do when the June LSAT disappoints

So that June LSAT didn’t go as well as you’d hope. It’s really going to be okay, I promise. This is not the end of your life or even your law school plans. Let me tell you why, and what you might want to do next.

Your first step is to make a rational decision about a possible retake —it’s not too late to sign up for the September 21st LSAT, and the October 28th LSAT is also still early enough in the cycle for a strong, early-ish application.

The retake decision is all about you, your test experience, and your career aspirations. (If you’re already signed up for the Very Special July 15th LSAT, you should go ahead and take it—you have nothing to lose with that one!) It’s not an automatic yes or no in either... read more »

Should you bail on the July 2019 LSAT?

Here’s a question I get before every LSAT administration: my prep’s not going well, and my practice tests aren’t as high as I’d like—should I skip this test and sign up for a later one?

Usually this is a question that requires a more in-depth conversation about the prep experience, the applicant’s resources for multiple tests, what the next few months of their life looks like, and so on. Typically, these are all factors in the decision.

But for July 2019, the answer is easy: NO! Don’t bail! Take the test!

Why? Because you have nothing to lose beyond 3-4 hours of your life on a Monday afternoon.

You get to see your score (in late August) AND then decide whether to cancel it or not.

If you cancel, you get a free... read more »

Fall 2019 Law-related Courses at UMass

SOOOOO many law-related course offerings for Fall 2019! But remember:

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.  Studying what you love will make this much easier.
  • Get to know your professors.  They’re an... read more »

Why is the July LSAT different from all other LSATs?

You may have heard already that, beginning this summer, the LSAT will no longer be a pencil-and-paper test. The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) is adopting an all-digital format—partially in July, and fully in September. Once the LSAT is fully digital, applicants will take the test on a tablet, using a stylus, and with scratch paper provided. (The tablet and stylus are provided by LSAC.)  But the July test is special: half the test-takers will be assigned to take the test on tablet, and half will be assigned to take it using pencil and paper. Applicants will not know which they’ve been assigned until the day of the test. This is essentially the last big field test of the digital LSAT.

In exchange for being LSAC’s guinea pig, they are offering a pretty big prize: for the July 2019 test only, you will be... read more »

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