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Gaming the rankings

Every year, law school applicants spend an inordinate amount of time obsessing about US News & World Report’s law school rankings. The Pre-Law website discusses generally why you shouldn’t care about the rankings.  This summer, the New York Times published an article giving a new set of reasons: the rankings, even on their own merits, are unreliable, because law schools game the system as much as possible.  From creative accounting techniques that inflate the amount of money they allegedly spend per student, to admissions processes that artificially eleveate their median LSAT and GPA rankings, law schools are engaged in any number of practices that—intentionally or not—affect their rankings in US News & World Report.  The full article is here.

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Law Career Talk: Intellectual Property and Patent Law

The following is a summary of a UMass lawyer-alumni career talk offered on March 31, 2005, sponsored by the UMass Pre-Law Advising Office.Panelists:Nicholas Triano, III, Mintz Levin, BostonBiochemistry and Chemistry, ‘83Suffolk Law, ‘91Joshua Grey, Bulkley Richardson & Gelinas, SpringfieldHistory, ‘97Northwestern Law, ‘01Q: How did you get into this area of law?Attorney Triano was working as a bench chemist for several years, and had never considered law school until his then-future wife started at Suffolk Law. He sat in on a couple of classes and found himself immediately interested. Further investigation revealed that his science background would serve him well in the area of patent law. He attended Suffolk part-time while continuing to work in a high-tech firm.The combination of his experience and legal education made for a relatively easy job search, and he was offered a position in the in-house counsel department of a large multi-national corporation,... read more »

Law Career Talk: Public Interest Law

UMass Alumni Attorneys Carla Halpern (Lingustics ‘90, Harvard Law ‘97) and Stefanie Krantz (Legal Studies ‘89, WNEC Law ‘93) will speak about their careers in Public Interest Law on Tuesday, April 19th, at 2:00 pm in E27C Machmer.Attorney Halpern has for several years practiced family law and housing discrimination law on behalf of poor people at the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts in Worcester.Attorney Krantz is a staff attorney at the Disability Law Center in Northampton where she advocates on behalf of disabled individuals. Please join us to hear about their rewarding careers in public interest law, including how they chose this work, how they prepared for their careers, and how they have managed to live on public interest salaries.

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Career Talk: Intellectual Property and Patent Law

On Thursday, March 31st, we will host UMass alumni attorneys Nicholas Triano and Joshua Grey, who will speak about their careers in Patent and Intellectual Property Law. Attorney Triano graduated from UMass in 1983 with degrees in Biochemistry and Chemistry.  After several years as a bench chemist, he went on to Suffolk U. Law School, and is now a Senior Associate at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo in Boston, specializing in Patent Law. Attorney Grey received his B.A. in History from UMass in 1997, and his law degree from Northwestern in 2001.  He is an associate at Bulkley Richardson & Gelinas in Springfield, specializing in Intellectual Property and Real Estate. This is an excellent opportunity to speak with attorneys currently practicing in an exciting and expanding area of the law, find out how they chose this field, and what their day-to-day work is like.  Thursday, March 3... read more »

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Q: All my applications are in.  I sent in my financial aid applications and my FAFSA too.  Is there anything I can do while I’m waiting to hear?  Should I follow up with a phone call to the admissions offices?  What does it mean that some of my friends have heard from law schools and I still haven’t?A: This may be the toughest period of time in a very difficult process.  The bottom line is that things are largely out of your control right now.  You may hear right away or you may be left hanging until late March or early April.  And then it can get even worse: you could be placed on hold or waitlisted at one or more schools, meaning you won’t find out until as late as some time in the summer.... read more »

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