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Law-related courses: Fall 2016

It’s Fall 2016 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 »

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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