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COVID-19 and Law School Applications

Questions are coming into the UMass Amherst Pre-Law Advising Office about how the COVID-19 pandemic, and the responses to it, might affect various aspects of the law school admissions process. This post will be updated regularly with new information and new questions (and answers), but remember that events are moving VERY fast these days, and circumstances are changing all the time. When in doubt, double-check the info to make sure it’s up to date. In particular, if you have applications pending right now, don’t hesitate to contact individual law schools for the most accurate info about their own admissions process.

What about the LSAT?

The March 30th LSAT has been cancelled. Everyone who signed up for that date has been automatically switched to the April 25th sitting (or the June sitting for those who had signed up to take it abroad). However, with... read more »

After November: Should you retake the LSAT?

The November LSAT scores are out, and some of you are perhaps disappointed in your scores. How should you think about your next steps?

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.

Your next step is to make a decision about a possible retake —you have until Tuesday, January 7th to sign up for the February 22nd sitting (registration for the January test has passed).

There is no universal right or wrong about this decision—it is all about you, your test experience, and your career aspirations. So here are some thoughts to help you make that decision.

It’s important to first honestly and realistically assess what happened with this test administration:

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 »

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 »

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 »
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