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Alumni Guest Post: Some Pearls of Wisdom from a Part-Time 1L

Lauren Parry graduated from UMass Amherst in 2004 with a degree in History & Legal Studies.  She is now a first year law student at Rutgers School of Law Camden in Camden, New Jersey in the part time evening program.  She kicks off a new occasional series for the Pre-Law blog—alumni reflecting on their application, law school and lawyering experiences.

1.        Do you really want to go to law school? Have you done soul searching and researched just what being a lawyer will mean, and just how demanding law school is?  Law school is not undergrad and it can be very frustrating to figure out how you are doing when your only grade is based on a 4 hour final examination or a graded memo (your first year writing assignment) that you spend every waking moment working on.  I took 5 years off and I know that I am doing... read more »

UMass Law School?

The idea of creating a public law school in Massachusetts, last seen in 2005, when it was rejected by the state Board of Higher Education, is back.  The current proposal, like the old, involves UMass-Dartmouth taking over the unaccredited Southern New England School of Law (SNESL), also in Dartmouth.  Accordingly, despite a recent Globe article’s bizarre contention, it would not in fact add to the number of law schools or lawyers in the state.  Some of the private accredited law schools have already voiced opposition to the proposal.We’ll have to watch where this proposal goes.

This gives me a good opportunity to remind you that because there isn’t a public option in Massachusetts, both UConn and UMaine Law Schools offer reduced (but not quite in-state) tuition to Mass. residents.

 

UPDATE from an alum who is currently enrolled in another... read more »

Lawyer-Alumni Networking Event - Thursday, Oct. 22nd

This coming Thursday, you’ll have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a number of UMass alumni who are currently practicing attorneys in a variety of fields.  To maximize the opportunity for individual connections, we will use a “speed-networking” format. Small groups of students will meet with each alumnus/a to converse with and ask questions about their career experiences. After 8-10 minutes with one of the graduates, students will move on until they have met with each of the alumni participants. At the conclusion of the program, students will have the opportunity to meet informally with the alumni.

The attorneys work in a variety of fields and practice settings, giving you a unique opportunity to compare (and learn from) their experiences.

The panelists include:

  • Dwight Merriam (‘68, Sociology), Partner, Robinson & Cole, Hartford, CT; specializing in real estate and land... read more »

Random LOR tips

Recently asked and answered on the pre-law advisors listserv:

Q: Is it possible to edit a current recommender’s contact info [on the LSAC website], or do I need to recreate them?  I can’t seem to update this information any longer after generating the form.

A: (from LSAC) Applicants cannot edit the recommender information once it has been entered, but they may write the corrections on the printed form and LSAC will make the changes when the form and letter arrive.

Q: Is it possible to fax the LORs (to LSAC), or do they have to be physically mailed?

A: (from LSAC) LSAC will accept faxes that are signed, although originals are strongly preferred because it is easier to create a clear image of the letter to send to law schools.

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Is your Facebook profile part of your law school application?

Maybe.  According to a recent article in the National Jurist, at least 15% of law school admissions officers check applicants’ Facebook pages as part of the application evaluation process. (I say “at least” because of the way the survey question was phrased, asking officers if they “personally” had checked an applicant’s social networking page—honestly, if I were an admissions officer, I probably wouldn’t do it “personally,” but would farm the work out to an assistant or student worker.)

[O]f those 15 percent, more than half (52 per cent) said that what they did see impacted the applicant negatively.

So what’s the takeaway? Review your FB privacy settings NOW and limit the availability of all your information to just your friends.  If you’re going to keep things public, remember that “public” includes law schools (and employers) and post accordingly.

Most importantly,... read more »

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