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Last minute LSAT tips - September 2017

It’s already here—the September 16th LSAT!! Some of you are maybe a tiny bit anxious. Here are some tips to calm you down and keep you focused on a successful exam performance.

  • 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. If you can’t stop yourself quite yet, promise yourself you’ll stop by Wednesday. And I strongly advise that you NOT take another practice test this week—it’s not likely to end well, and it won’t do anything positive for your test prep. Rather, it’s time to get your mind and body in shape.
  • No more alcohol for the week! No matter how many back-to-school events are planned.
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Welcome to Fall 2017!

Welcome to UMass, whether it’s for the first time or for another great year! In this note, you’ll find all you need to know regardless of where you are in your consideration of and preparation for a legal career: what you should be thinking about at this point, and how to get the information and assistance you need. It’s all organized by your current needs, so scroll down to find the section(s) you’re looking for.

I’m applying this fall for Fall 2018 admission to law school!

You’ll find detailed information about the entire application process right here on the Pre-Law website. Bookmark it, and refer to it often. But if you have any questions or doubts about any aspect of the process—large or small—just send me an email. I’m always happy to help.

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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 »
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