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UMass Law proposal moves forward

Two committees of the UMass Board of Trustees have voted in favor of the proposal for UMass Dartmouth to take over Southern New England School of Law, and it goes to the full Board next week, on December 10th.  If the full Board approves the proposal, it will go before...

Reputation surveys in the US News rankings

Turns out that only about 646 academics, lawyers and judges determine 40% of each law school’s rank in US News (the reputation portion).  And only about 120 of those are actual lawyers.  Just to repeat: that means that 40% of a school’s rank is determined by just a handful of lawyers and...

What exactly do the US News rankings measure?

Let me be frank: If you can’t answer this question, then you have no business relying on the rankings.  Once you do answer the question, you’ll realize you have no business relying on the rankings. With a little research, you’ll find that US News’ methodology has...

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...

Law schools beginning to offer more practical skills training

Interesting article from the National Law Journal on a variety of new offerings at law schools to increase the marketability of their grads.  Certainly something to keep in mind as you are deciding which schools to apply to. Graduates face stiff competition for law firm positions, and clients are...

Choosing law schools: prestige and the bursting of the BigLaw bubble

Excellent article from Prof. William Henderson of the Indiana University School of Law, analyzing the potential impact of the financial crisis (and its attendant effects on the large law firms) on the relative marketability of different law schools’ grads. Most large law firms are very sensitive to pedigree, though you...

The Lawyers of “Meet the Law” - Spring 2014

The lawyers are coming! The lawyers are coming!  It’s time again for our most popular networking event, Meet the Law.  Get to know lawyer-alums from a variety of fields in a low-key speed networking format.  This semester’s event is Wednesday, April 2, 2014, and you can register...

Law Career Talk: Public Interest Law

UMass Alumni Attorneys Carla Halpern (Lingustics ‘90, Harvard Law ‘97) and Stefanie Krantz (Legal Studies ‘89, WNEC Law ‘93) will speak about their careers in Public Interest Law on Tuesday, April 19th, at 2:00 pm in E27C Machmer.Attorney Halpern has for several years practiced family law and housing discrimination law on behalf of...

Are lower ranked schools more innovative than their higher ranked peers?

It seems so, according to this observer.  One of his important points that bears repeating over and over again:  The rankings measure nothing remotely related to innovative or creative legal education methods.  Please keep that in mind as you compile your lists of schools to which you apply.

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...

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