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UMass Law: Update

Governor Patrick is supporting the proposed acquisition of unaccredited Southern New England School of Law (SNESL) by UMass Dartmouth “subject to the financial analysis being done. It’s got to make fiscal sense.”  Elsewhere the Governor was quoted as being even more supportive: “I think a first-class state university system,...

Step away from the rankings

Because they’re bogus. Because they are wildly manipulated by the law schools.   Because they may be destroying legal education.   And because they tell you almost nothing about what you need to know in order to choose a law school that’s right for you.

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.

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.

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...

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...

You don’t need to commit just yet

If you’re like most applicants, you are unaware that LSAC recommends law schools adhere to certain “best practices” in the admissions process. Even though they’re not binding, the guidelines set out what you should generally expect from admissions officials as you navigate this process. At this time of...

Gaming the rankings

Every year, law school applicants spend an inordinate amount of time obsessing about US News & World Report’s law school rankings. The Pre-Law website discusses generally why you shouldn’t care about the rankings.  This summer, the New York Times published an article giving a new set of...

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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