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Summer hours and office changes

Mid-May feels pretty much like full-on summer here at UMass, so maybe it’s about time to fill you in about the Pre-Law Advising Office’s summer plans.

First up: we’re moving! Movin’ on up to the second floor—210 Thompson. Same great advising, now in a new spot. If you forget, don’t worry, there’ll be signs aplenty on the first floor.

As a result of the move, the physical office will be closed the week of May 18th - 22nd, but you can still reach me via email.

Throughout the rest of the summer, meetings (in person or by phone) are available by appointment, with the exception of a couple of vacation periods—the office will be closed entirely the last week of May and the last two weeks of August. And you can reach me via email, Facebook, and... read more »

Georgetown Law group admission interviews

Coming up beginning the week of 9/29 (next week!).

From the Georgetown Law admissions office:

“Dean of Admissions Andy Cornblatt will conducting group interviews for current applicants in the coming weeks…. We would like to try our best to get to know personally as many current applicants as we possibly can….Please share these interview opportunities with your with your current students with any of your alumni who may be interested in applying as well.”

R.S.V.P. link here

Monday, September 29, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP 2005 Market Street, Suite 2600 Philadelphia, PA Conference Room TBA Group Interview: 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – Washington, DC Georgetown Law Campus Room TBA Group Interview #1: 5:00 p.m. Group Interview #2: 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – New York, NY Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP 4 Times Square New York, New York 10036... read more »

Guest post: Lawyer-alum Eric Morrell’s criminal law practice

Lawyer-alum Eric Morrell is eager to share his experiences with aspiring attorneys.  In this guest post, he talks about his career path, and starting and managing a law office in criminal law, as well as providing some advice for others.  Eric is happy to speak with UMass students and alums, so don’t hesitate to contact him via one of the links below. (Also check out Eric’s earlier profile here.)

Many people apply to law school, because they do not know what they wanted to do with their life and law seems interesting and exciting to them. These students usually have a strong GPA and enjoy debating. I knew way back in elementary school that law was my passion and calling. As such, I applied to UMass Amherst, because it had a strong Political Science Department, and I never looked back. I attended UMass... read more »

Big Changes in LSAT Accommodations for Applicants with Disabilities

There’s great news for past and future law school applicants with disabilities: the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has settled pending lawsuits with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) regarding accommodations on the LSAT. The plaintiffs alleged that LSAC’s accommodations process violated both the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state anti-discrimination laws. Without admitting any liability, LSAC has agreed to make substantial changes in its accommodation processes, and to establish a compensation fund for applicants who requested accommodations under its old processes.

IMPORTANT NOTE: While the parties have jointly submitted a proposed Consent Decree to the Court, as of this writing, it has not yet been approved by the judge (although there’s no reason to think it won’t be).  Nonetheless, according to LSAC, the changes in the accommodations request process... read more »

The Lawyers of “Meet the Law” - Spring 2014

The lawyers are coming! The lawyers are coming!  It’s time again for our most popular networking event, Meet the Law.  Get to know lawyer-alums from a variety of fields in a low-key speed networking format.  This semester’s event is Wednesday, April 2, 2014, and you can register here (registration is required). 

So who’s coming? Here’s what we’ve got so far.

Peter Farrell (Legal Studies and Political Science ‘98, Suffolk Law ‘03) Attorney, Smith and Brink

Matthew Frascella  (Political Science and Economics ‘01, Boston College Law ‘06) Senior Counsel, The Hanover Insurance Group

Cheryl Garrity (Political Science ‘88, Northeastern Law ‘91) Principal, Cheryl Garrity Attorney at Law

John Halter (Political Science ‘08, Northeastern ‘12) Fellow, Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Mass Dept of Public Health 

Erica Mattison (Psychology ‘03, MPA, Suffolk ‘07, Suffolk Law ‘13) Legislative Director, Environmental League of Massachusetts<... read more »

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