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Legal careers: what to believe?

An unprecedented amount of attention is being paid to the job prospects and salaries for new attorneys, changes in the legal profession, and changes in legal education.  Much of it offers a bleak assessment of the job market for newly minted attorneys, and an even dimmer view of the cost-benefit...

Meet the lawyers of “Meet the Law” - Part 1

Our popular lawyer-alumni speed networking event is coming this Thursday, 3/29, at 6:00pm. Each day this week, I’ll present brief biographical sketches of each of the distinguished attorneys who will be attending this year’s event. Today, we’ve got Anthony Barsamian, Nicholas Ferron, and Colleen Dunham Henschke. RSVP to...

Meet the Lawyers of “Meet the Law”

We’ve got a great group of lawyer-alums coming to campus next week for our “Meet the Law” speed networking event (Wednesday, 10/30 at 6:00 pm). Have you signed up yet? Do it now, before the event fills up! Check out all the bios right here. Nicholas Ferron (English ‘05, UConn Law ‘10) Associate,...

The future of the legal job market

Prof. Brian Leiter of the University of Chicago Law School is one of the foremost observers and commentators on law schools.  His blog is worth following for a number of reasons, but this post in particular speculates on the future of the big law firm world.  In the comments, you’...

2011 Top Women of Law: UMass alumnae honorees

Congratulations to the UMass alumnae who were named 2011 Top Women of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Marsha Kazarosian (English, Suffolk Law), Partner, Kazarosian Law Offices, Haverhill Stacy Malone (Political Science, Boston University Law), Executive Director, Victim Rights Law Center, Boston Mary Thomas Sullivan (Psychology, Northeastern Law), Segal Roitman, LLP, Boston ...

No joke: More on law school employment numbers

Yesterday, I might have fooled some of you with my “LSAT waiver” prank, but today, I am forced to be serious again.  It’s about those post-grad legal employment numbers.  “Bleak” continues to be the best word to describe the job market for new lawyers, and it’s...

Lawyer-alum profile: Noelle Barrist Stern (‘97, Northeastern Law ‘00)

Noelle Barrist Stern (Legal Studies and Natural Resource Studies ‘97, Northeastern Law ‘00) Judicial Case Manager Berkshire County (MA) Probate & Family Court What’s your current position and primary practice field(s)? I am the Judicial Case Manager at the Berkshire Probate and Family Court.  My primary practice areas are...

It just gets uglier

From today’s New York Times, Downturn Dims Prospects Even at Top Law Schools. This fall, law students are competing for half as many openings at big firms as they were last year in what is shaping up to be the most wrenching job search season in over 50 years. There’...

Lawyer-Alumni Networking Event - Thursday, Oct. 22nd

This coming Thursday, you’ll have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a number of UMass alumni who are currently practicing attorneys in a variety of fields.  To maximize the opportunity for individual connections, we will use a “speed-networking” format. Small groups of students will meet with each alumnus/a...

“Worst job market yet”

That’s the headline for the latest legal employment report from NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals. Reporting on the Class of 2011’s employment 9 months after graduation (February 2012), NALP found that Only 85.6% of graduates (for whom employment status was known) were employed Only 65.4% (of those for whom the employment...

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