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Rankings—all about the name?

Imagine a law school ranking in which the University of New Hampshire’s law school outranked Franklin Pierce.  Why would this be funny?  Because UNH is Franklin Pierce—UNH took over the private law school this past fall.  But in a recent survey that included both names, respondents thought that...

Interested in Finance? Alumnus visit - October 14th

This just in from the SBS Dean’s Office—it’s not exactly law-focused, but I know that many of you are interested in the financial services industry as well as law: UMass Amherst alumnus, Benjamin Happ ’98 (Psychology) is coming to campus on Thursday, October 14th. He is currently the...

UMass Law Pros and Cons

Pros: UMass President Jack Wilson, Governor Deval Patrick, UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean MacCormack and Southern New England Law School officials contend that the financials for the proposal have been fully vetted and will not incur further costs to the UMass system, but in fact will generate new income: The University...

They say the hardest part is just getting in

And now, apparently, that’s truer than ever. In the last two years, at least 10 law schools have deliberately changed their grading systems to make them more lenient. . . .   But the tactic getting the most attention — and the most controversy —  is the sudden, deliberate and dubiously effective grade inflation,...

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The idea of creating a public law school in Massachusetts, last seen in 2005, when it was rejected by the state Board of Higher Education, is back.  The current proposal, like the old, involves UMass-Dartmouth taking over the unaccredited Southern New England School of Law (SNESL), also in Dartmouth.  Accordingly, despite...

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From lawyer-alum Adrianne Zahner (STPEC, Women’s Studies ‘99, Chicago-Kent College of Law ‘02): Q:  Should you go to law school if you’re interested in starting a business? A:  Maybe.  After two federal clerkships and several years of practice in a BigLaw firm, I founded and now run...

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Interview with Brian Leiter, law school rankings maven

I won’t hesitate to give you the most important take-away from this interview: Anyone who thinks that “top 14” demarcates a relevant category of law schools has already made a mistake!   ... but it’s worth reading the rest of the interview as well.   Brian Leiter is a professor...

Lawyer-Alumni News: Christine Savage ('92, Political Science)

Mass. Lawyers Weekly has named Attorney Christine Savage a “Top Woman of Law” for 2010. As chair of Choate’s well-recognized healthcare practice, Ms. Savage guides a team of corporate, regulatory, and life sciences attorneys representing healthcare providers and private equity firms, technology and science companies, and investors on critical and...

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