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 »

Free money for SBS students!

You may prefer the term “scholarships” but I like the sound of “free money.”

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has a whole bunch of scholarships available to students, and a surprisingly small number of you apply each year. That is silly—quite literally leaving money on the table. 

So here’s how to get some of that cash:

The first step is to review all the scholarship that are available, and see which might be best for you.

Step two: attend the Scholarship Information Workshop Wednesday, February 12 at 6:00 pm in Campus Center 803.  At the workshop, you’ll learn about the various scholarship opportunities and get some tips for successful applications. There will also be refreshments.

And finally, apply!

More money = less debt.  You’ll thank me later.

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SGA is hiring judicial advisers

From the Student Government Association’s Attorney General:

The Student Judicial Advisers Program is responsible for assisting all students after they have been charged by the University with violating the Code of Student Conduct. The program is funded by the Student Government Association, and is completely independent from the University conduct system. The program’s sole purpose is to provide counsel and support for students with any University conduct-related issue.

Judicial Advisers are required to work 10 hours a week and are paid $8.00 an hour.

Responsibilities include:

Meeting with students to discuss the charges against them and what possible ramifications they could be facing.

Helping students to prepare the best possible cases for themselves. This may include assisting students in formulating their arguments, gathering witness statements, and researching university policies and regulations.

Attending conduct hearings with students to... read more »

Lawyer-alum profile: Edward Kammerer (English and Political Science ‘03, Suffolk Law ‘06)

Edward Kammerer (English and Political Science ‘03, Suffolk Law ‘06, PhD, Law & Public Policy, Northeastern ‘13) Pre-Law Advisor University of Connecticut Storrs

What’s your current position and primary practice field(s)? Currently I am the Pre-Law Advisor at the University of Connecticut. I work with students considering law school and advise them on applications, course selection, and most importantly, helping them decide if law school is the right tool for them. I also coach our mock trial and moot court teams.

I maintain a very small practice doing criminal defense, as well. That’s on hold right now as I adjust to my new role at UConn but I’m hoping to get back into practice soon, focusing on indigent defense at the appellate level.

How did you get here – what led you to this field and practice setting? My path here is far... read more »

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