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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-Alum profile: Peter Farrell (Legal Studies ‘98, Suffolk Law ‘03)

Peter Farrell Senior Associate Smith & Brink, P.C. What’s your current position and primary practice field(s)? I am a Senior Associate at Smith & Brink, P.C., a civil litigation firm located in Braintree, Massachusetts.  My practice focuses on insurance defense which can involve two general...

Career Talk: Intellectual Property and Patent Law

On Thursday, March 31st, we will host UMass alumni attorneys Nicholas Triano and Joshua Grey, who will speak about their careers in Patent and Intellectual Property Law. Attorney Triano graduated from UMass in 1983 with degrees in Biochemistry and Chemistry.  After several years as a bench chemist, he went on...

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...

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