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Law-related courses: Spring 2017

UMass has a large number of courses that deal with law in some significant way. But how do you find them? Right here. I’ve gone through SPIRE to discover them so you don’t have to.

Some important caveats:

  • Enrolling in law-related classes is NOT a prerequisite for getting into law school—law school admission committees do not care whether you take law courses in college.
  • The list below can help you sample law in the classroom, but remember that the study of law is very different from the practice of law.
  • This is NOT a complete list of all courses that touch on or provide background for understanding legal issues, only those most directly related to law. It is also limited to those classes offered at UMass (and not the other local colleges) this Fall.
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Local law firm internships available

This just in from Dunn & Phillips, a law firm with offices in Amherst, right over on Fearing Street:

The Law Offices of Dunn and Phillips (Amherst) is currently accepting applicants for 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 position, please submit your resume and a writing sample to our email: dunnandphillipsamherst@gmail.com Legal Intern: The duties of Legal Intern will consist of the following: legal research, drafting documents (motions, affidavits, memos, etc.), and client interviews. Legal interns will have the opportunity to observe courtroom proceedings including but not limited to: depositions, MCAD hearings, MCAD mediations, arbitrations, conciliations, Clerk Magistrate’s hearings, Pre-Trial Hearings, etc. Marketing Intern:Tthe duties of Marketing Intern will consist of the following: maintaining the firm’s... read more »

Meet the Lawyers of Meet the Law - Fall 2016

Another great line-up of lawyer-alums is in formation for the October 25th, 2016 edition of Meet the Law (6pm, CHC Events Hall). Here are the participating attorneys. Don’t forget to sign up here.

Ray Dinsmore (History ‘02, Western New England Law ‘06), Partner, Dinsmore Stark, Northampton (primarily labor and employment law)

Sheila Flaherty (Political Science ‘87, Georgetown Law ‘93), formerly Chief Legal Counsel, Demandware, Burlington MA (corporate law)

Natalie Higgins (Political Science & Spanish ‘09, Northeastern Law ‘14), Executive Director, PHENOM (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts), Boston (higher education, lobbying)

Caroline MacKenzie (English ‘03, Suffolk Law ‘12), Associate Attorney, Arlanson Law Offices, Norwell, Mass. (estate planning and probate)

Anthony Maio (Psychology ‘90, Mass. School of Law ‘96), Law Offices of Anthony Maio, Boston (personal injury, real estate)

Vanessa Martinez (Spanish ‘06, Western New England Law ‘11), Associate, Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, Springfield, MA (primarily real estate and civil... read more »

Real Advice from Real Lawyers (who happen to be UMass alums)

At the beginning of this school year, I asked some of our UMass Amherst lawyer-alums to share their best advice for undergrads who are considering legal careers, and they responded with some great stuff!

From Samantha Duncan, a contract enforcement attorney at a large labor union in Washington DC:

Have realistic expectations of the three years in law school. I was at the top of my class at UMass so I assumed law school wouldn’t be that difficult. It was. I also assumed since college was so fun, law school would be too. More often than not, it wasn’t. It’s a grind.

Samantha Clarke, an associate in a Providence RI law firm, recommends research:

Spend at least a week at your legal dream job, and that’s the bare minimum. Observe carefully what the attorneys at that office... read more »

Welcome to Fall 2016 in PreLaw!

Welcome to UMass, whether it’s for the first time or another great year! In this note, you’ll find all you need to know regardless of where you are in your consideration of and preparation for a legal career: what you should be thinking about at this point, and how to get the information and assistance you need. It’s all organized by your current needs, so scroll down to find the section(s) you’re looking for.

I’m applying this fall for Fall 2017 admission to law school!

You’ll find detailed information about the entire application process right here on the Pre-Law website. Bookmark it, and refer to it often. But if you have any questions or doubts about any aspect of the process—large or small—just send me an email. I’m always happy to help.

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