Law-related courses for Spring 2020

Every semester, we provide this list of the amazing array of law-related and law-adjacent courses that might be of interest to students considering legal careers. Some of these courses are squarely focused on the law. Others are more in the nature of background learning that will help you more deeply understand the law and its place in our world. These 130+ courses can be found in over 30 different departments across 9 different colleges and schools at the University—and this is not even including the courses offered at the other four colleges (which are not listed here). It’s not just that the law touches every aspect of our lives and your studies, but that every area of study can support your eventual legal career. So think broadly as you consider which courses to take while you’re here at UMass, and rest assured that you will find something of value... read more »

September LSAT disappointment—now what?

So that September 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 —you have 24 hours to sign up for the November 25th test (but there are caveats!) and if you’re already signed up for October 28th, you have longer to decide whether to withdraw that registration (the limited refund period is long past). So let’s step through that decision.

The retake decision is all about you, your test experience, and your career aspirations.

Before anything else, it’s important to honestly and realistically assess what happened with this test administration:

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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 »

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. 


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 »
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