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UMass Law vote next week

On Tuesday, February 2nd, the state Board of Higher Education will vote whether to approve the proposed public law school, taking over Southern New England School of Law in Dartmouth.  Public hearings were held yesterday in Worcester, with most of those testifying supporting the proposal.  The Boston Globe suggests that...

UMass Law School approved

More info here.  Please remember that the school will not seek provisional ABA accreditation until the 2011-2012 school year.  Graduates, therefore, can only seek admission to the bar in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  Look for more detailed information about this option soon.

Why I’m happy UMass Law got accredited

If you’ve followed this blog, read even a little of my website, or just seen a few of the depressing articles I’ve linked to on Facebook, you know I’m not an uncritical booster of law school and legal careers in general.  In fact, I’m pretty...

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...

UMass Board of Trustees approves UMass Law plan

Details from the Boston Globe and the Springfield Republican. The next (and final) step is approval by the state Board of Higher Education, which is expected to meet and vote on the proposal in early February.  If approved, the school is set to accept students for Fall 2010 admission.   Please...

UMass Law School?

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...

What’s it worth to ya?

So there’s this raging debate in law world now about the value of a law degree.  Some law profs are arguing that it’s a million dollar degree.  Others are taking issue with that claim. Who’s right, who’s wrong, and what does it mean for...

Early numbers: Little change in application volume

From the ABA Journal online: [T]he number of law school applications nationally has risen by less than 1 percent from last year, despite the dismal state of the economy, [according to] communications director Wendy Margolis of the Law School Admission Council.   Read the rest of the article here.   ...

UMass Dartmouth Law - radio interview with Dean Ward

WBUR recently interviewed Dean Robert Ward of UMass Dartmouth’s new law school, as well as Elie Mystal of the law-related blog Above the Law, who has been a vocal critic of the new law school. Click on the audio link to hear the entire interview—it’s worth it.

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...

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