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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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NSO 2016: Welcome to UMass!

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 2:30 pm in the Suffolk Room), 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 2016

It’s Fall 2016 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.
  • Maintain a strong GPA.... read more »
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