Wait! Don’t go!

Just a few quick thoughts before the construction seals my office off from the rest of campus…

For those applying to law school next year: The Pre-Law Advising Office is open throughout the summer.  I won’t have regular office hours, but I am available to meet with you by appointment (no extra charge for the awe-inspiring close-up views of excavators at work).  And of course, you can always shoot me an email with questions or a draft of your personal statement. If you’re still not sure whether to apply during your senior year, or to take some some time off first, click through here for some things to consider.

For those on your way to law school in the Fall: Congratulations (again) and good luck with the transition! If you have remaining questions about your choice of school, financial aid or... read more »

Summer and fall law firm internships

This just in from local law firm Dunn & Phillips:

The Law Offices of Dunn and Phillips Amherst is currently accepting applicants for both summer and fall positions in our firm. We have 2 opportunities for internships, one as a Legal Intern, and one as a Marketing Intern. Descriptions of the two positions are listed below. If interested in either, please submit your resume, as well as a writing sample to our email:

Legal Intern: The duties of Legal Intern will consist of the following: legal research, drafting documents (motions, affidavits, memos etc…), client interviews, and court observations.

Marketing Intern: the duties of Marketing Intern will consist of the following: maintaining firms social media outlets (facebook, twitter, yelp etc…) with relevant information to promote the firm, developing both a short and long term marketing strategy for the firm for... read more »

Decisions, deadlines and “Good Admission Practices”

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has long had a Statement of Good Admission and Financial Aid Practices that seeks to guide law schools.  They are not enforceable or binding rules, but merely “principles” designed to “improve the admission and financial aid processes in law schools and to promote fairness and the highest standards of professional conduct for all participants.”  You can find these guidelines in their entirety here.

Because many people have reported to me that they are facing conflicting deadlines from law schools, are still waiting for scholarship decisions from others, and basically having a difficult time making final choices with incomplete information, I wanted to share with you what the the guidelines have to say in this regard.

5. Except under binding early decision plans or for academic terms beginning in the spring or summer, no law school should require an... read more »

Lawyer-alum profile: Richard Sugarman (Political Science ‘92, GW Law ‘00)

Richard A. Sugarman Assistant General Counsel Boston Medical Center

What’s your current position and primary practice field(s)? I am currently an Assistant General Counsel at Boston Medical Center (“BMC”).  BMC is a large full-service hospital in Boston’s South End and affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine.  We are the largest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England, as well as the largest safety-net hospital in New England. 

The lawyers in my office are not broken up into practice areas and we each handle nearly all areas of the law.  I advise on quite a bit of health law issues, but I also draft contracts and hospital policies, advise hospital personnel on regulatory issues, and work on litigated business matters.  The contracts I advise on concern everything from IT services to personal service agreements for... read more »

Lawyer-alum profile: Joseph Roche (Political Science 2005, Suffolk Law 2008)

Joseph Roche Associate Army & Lee, P.C., Worcester

What’s your current position and primary practice field(s)?

I am an Associate at Army & Lee, P.C., in Worcester, Massachusetts. I practice primarily in the Probate & Family Court dealing with divorce, custody, support, visitation issues and restraining orders. As part of my practice I also handle interlocutory and post-judgment appellate work.

How did you get here – what led you to this field and practice setting?

I graduated from UMass in 2005, graduated from Suffolk University Law School in June 2008 and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in November 2008. Essentially from the time I entered law school to the time when I was admitted to the bar the entire world economy collapsed. The legal sector still hasn’t recovered but the landscape in 2008 was bleak. I got to the point... read more »

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