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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 »

Do I have to apply for financial aid?

Q: I don’t expect to qualify for any need-based scholarships.  Do I still need to fill out the financial aid applications?A: Yes.  It’s a pain, but unless you’ve got your full law school tuition squirreled away somewhere, you need to fill out the FAFSA and the law schools’ financial aid applications.  The financial aid applications are used to determine your eligibility for loans—the school you attend certifies you for a certain amount of borrowing.  If you don’t fill out and submit the forms, you aren’t certified and therefore cannot apply for educational loans.  In addition, many schools require financial aid applications and the FAFSA in order to be considered for merit-based scholarships as well.  Financial aid applications and the FAFSA are due by March 1, 2005.

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My applications are in, what do I do next?

Once your applications are in – including your letters of recommendation, Dean’s letters (if necessary) and transcripts, you get to relax a bit.  You will want to check in with each law school to make sure that they have your complete application, if you haven’t already heard from them to that effect. After January 1st, it’s time to apply for financial aid.  You will need your (and, in some cases, your parents’) tax forms completed in order to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You should complete this as soon as possible after January 1st, in addition to any school-specific applications.

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