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Don’t Panic: Next steps after a disappointing LSAT score

If you just got disappointing news about your September 2017 LSAT score, this post is for you. First up, don’t panic. This does not mean the end of your law school dreams. But you do have some decisions to make:

What’s next — a retake in December (or February), applying with the September score, or putting off law school for another year or more? 

NOTE: If you’re not already signed up for the December LSAT, you need to make this decision relatively quickly—the regular registration deadline for the December LSAT is Wednesday, October 18th, and the late deadline is Wednesday, October 25th (and entails an additional late fee).

To seriously answer the question of whether you should retake the exam, it’s important to first honestly assess what happened with this test administration:

Welcome to Fall 2017!

Welcome to UMass, whether it’s for the first time or for 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 2018 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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NSO 2017: Welcome to UMass Amherst!

Welcome incoming first-years and transfer students!

If you’re already thinking about an eventual legal career, this post is for you. If you missed or can’t make one of the NSO Pre-Law info sessions (Mondays and Thursdays at 2:15 pm in Student Union Room 411), or you lost the printed handouts amidst all the other paper you gathered during New Student Orientation (NSO), fear not—it’s all right here. 

First off:

There is nothing you MUST or SHOULD do as an incoming first year or transfer student in order to prepare for law school – no required classes or majors, no magic extracurricular activities.

Study what you love, pursue your passions, explore your interests.

You’ll find pages of info on undergraduate preparation for law school right here. This post is the short version.

Academics

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Law-related courses: Fall 2017

It’s Fall 2017 course registration time! Here are some law-related courses you might find interesting, as well as a bunch of caveats to keep in mind.

First off:

There is nothing you MUST do as an undergrad in order to prepare for law school – no required classes or majors, no magic extracurricular activities.

Study what you love, pursue your passions, explore your interests.

You’ll find pages of info on undergraduate preparation for law school right here. 

Academics

Beyond studying what you love, the most important things you can do in the classroom to enhance your eventual application to law school are the following:

  • Learn how to be a good writer – take classes in which you’ll write a lot and get good feedback on your writing.
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Meet the Lawyers of Meet the Law - Spring 2017

This semester’s Meet the Law speed-networking event with UMass Amherst lawyer-alums features a great group of attorneys in diverse areas of law. Check them out below, mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 28th from 6pm to 8pm in the CHC Events Hall, and don’t forget to register here. Most fun and informative networking event of the spring.

Colin Black (Legal Studies ‘93, Suffolk Law ‘01) Partner, Donovan Hatem Employment litigation, lawyer professional development Brett Blank (Political Science ‘05, Western New England Law ‘09) Assistant General Counsel, Mass. Executive Office of Health & Human Services Litigation, healthcare and non-profit regulation

Lillian Chukwurah (Legal Studies ‘12, New England Law ‘15) Principal, Lilly Legal Immigration and family law

Chase Liu (History ‘04, Northeastern Law) Founder & Managing Attorney, ArkSwan Legal Advising business start-ups

Carole Sakowski Lynch (Political Science ‘80, Western New England Law ‘87) Partner, Morrison Mahoney Employment, discrimination, municipal law... read more »

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