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Guest post: Recent law grad (and UMass alum) shares some tough realities

A relatively recent law grad and UMass alum (ISOM, mid-2000’s) contacted me earlier this month with a desire to share with prospective law school applicants from UMass some of the harsh realities he’s faced as a new attorney in today’s economy.  I asked him to write up...

Tuition goes up while job availability goes down

And yet people keep fooling themselves into believing that a brand name diploma is worth the cost.  It’s not, of course. But you are a UMass student or alum: you’re way too smart to buy that marketing ploy line of reasoning.  You know that when it comes to...

You call it Giving Thanks, I call it Making Connections

So you’re heading home for Thanksgiving.  A long weekend filled with opportunities and challenges – yes, I’m talking about your family! They offer you the opportunity to connect with lawyers, maybe even lots of lawyers. But you might have to be assertive in ferreting out those connections. They...

The Future of Lawyer Hiring, Development and Advancement

NALP (formerly the National Association for Law Placement—the leading research and professional resource on law careers) is convening a series of roundtables to discuss a number of aspects of the future of lawyer training and job development.  Each panel is made up of law professors, law school deans, hiring...

February LSAT: To take or not to take?

That is the question.  The deadline to sign up is this Thursday, January 10th. So what do you need to consider in order to make a reasoned decision about whether to take the February 12th LSAT? First, if this would be a retake for you, all the usual concerns...

Easy money

It’s scholarship season at UMass, and there are at least three reasons I can think of off the top of my head that you should apply for every scholarship that comes around while you’re here. First, it’s easy money. Whether it’s $500 or $5000, it’s a bite ...

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’...

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...

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...

How do I get started?

I recently received a worried email from an applicant and I know that she’s not the only facing this dilemma, so I thought I’d share my response with all of you. Q: My main question is regarding the personal statement. I have no idea where to begin. A:...

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