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Real Advice from Real Lawyers (who happen to be UMass alums)

At the beginning of this school year, I asked some of our UMass Amherst lawyer-alums to share their best advice for undergrads who are considering legal careers, and they responded with some great stuff!

From Samantha Duncan, a contract enforcement attorney at a large labor union in Washington DC:

Have realistic expectations of the three years in law school. I was at the top of my class at UMass so I assumed law school wouldn’t be that difficult. It was. I also assumed since college was so fun, law school would be too. More often than not, it wasn’t. It’s a grind.

Samantha Clarke, an associate in a Providence RI law firm, recommends research:

Spend at least a week at your legal dream job, and that’s the bare minimum. Observe carefully what the attorneys at that office... read more »

Boston paralegal position available immediately

RichMay, a law firm in Boston which has a history of hiring UMass grads as paralegals, is looking for a paralegal to start as soon as possible. Details here..

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Meet the Lawyers of Meet the Law 2016

What a great group of lawyers we have coming for the Spring 2016 edition of Meet the Law on March 30th.  Read the bios below, and then register here.

Alexandra Bonazoli (History ‘10, Northeastern Law) AmeriCorps Attorney Community Legal Aid, Worcester MA Immigration Law for low-income juveniles and their families.

Samantha Clarke (Economics ‘10, Roger Williams Law) Associate Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West, Providence RI Corporate and Business Litigation

Sultan Durzi (Political Science ‘11, Suffolk Law) Assistant District Attorney Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, Springfield MA Criminal prosecution

Edward Kammerer (Political Science ‘03, Suffolk Law, PhD Northeastern) Lecturer, Northeastern University School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs and College of Professional Studies Principal, Law Office of Edward Kammerer Higher Education, Criminal Defense

Paul Payer (Political Science ‘09, BU Law) Staff Attorney Holyoke Office of the City Solicitor Municipal Law

Jill Tessier ... read more »

You don’t need to commit just yet

If you’re like most applicants, you are unaware that LSAC recommends law schools adhere to certain “best practices” in the admissions process. Even though they’re not binding, the guidelines set out what you should generally expect from admissions officials as you navigate this process. At this time of year, perhaps the most important of these guidelines regards commitments—when the law schools can and cannot require some kind of commitment from you. Here’s the entirety of the Good Admission Practices section on commitments:

Commitments A commitment is defined as an affirmative step taken by an applicant (e.g., submitting a seat deposit or an enrollment form) to indicate their intention to matriculate at an institution.

Member law schools should:

  • state clearly the policies and processes for submitting a commitment and holding a commitment and, if applicable, their policies regarding... read more »

Fall 2015 Wind-Down - Mid-Season Advice for Current Applicants

This is it—last week of classes for Fall 2015! The end is near! For those of you about to graduate, congratulations!! You made it!!

But for the current-year law school applicants, the end is not so near. Sorry. Whether you applied early and are already hearing back from schools, are about to hit submit any second now, or are waiting for your December LSAT score to apply, you’ve still got a lot of the process still ahead. Some guidance:

1. For now, focus on your final exams and papers. If you’re still in college and applying to law school, you need to focus on finishing up the semester successfully first. You will be sending in your Fall 2015 transcript, and these grades do count. Don’t let them dip down now!

2. If you haven’t spoken to recommenders, this may be your last... read more »

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