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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.

Wait! Don’t go!

Just a few quick thoughts before the construction seals my office off from the rest of campus… For those applying to law school next year: The Pre-Law Advising Office is open throughout the summer.  I won’t have regular office hours, but I am available to meet with you...

Do rankings matter at all?

New article up from preLaw magazine, a publication of the National Jurist.  Good overview of the pluses and minuses of the various rankings systems, especially that of the infamous US News & World Report. (The link opens up a nxtbook reader in your browser.  If you would prefer...

Huge increase in law school applications

UPDATE August 2012: Please note the date on this blog post—it’s from 2010 and does not describe the current state of admissions. I’m leaving it up because it may be of interest to some of you to know how application volume has fluctuated. As expected, the economy is sending...

Meet the Law: Alumni-lawyer networking event 4/13

Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm Location: Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union This don’t-miss event features several successful alumni attorneys sharing their stories in a comfortable and fun small group “speed networking” format. Confirmed participants (so far—more to come!) include Sean Chen (Communication ‘03, Suffolk Law)—Attorney in small practice specializing...

The Future of Legal Education

Excellent, thought provoking article (PDF) from New York Law School Dean Richard Matasar in the New York State Bar Journal. Dean Matasar provides a concise account of the economics of legal education and legal employment currently and into the future.  I strongly recommend it for all who are weighing a...

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...

2011 Top Women of Law: UMass alumnae honorees

Congratulations to the UMass alumnae who were named 2011 Top Women of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly: Marsha Kazarosian (English, Suffolk Law), Partner, Kazarosian Law Offices, Haverhill Stacy Malone (Political Science, Boston University Law), Executive Director, Victim Rights Law Center, Boston Mary Thomas Sullivan (Psychology, Northeastern Law), Segal Roitman, LLP, Boston ...

Lawyer-alum profile: Massimo D’Angelo (Political Science ‘04, Thomas M. Cooley Law ‘07)

Massimo D’Angelo (Political Science ‘04, Thomas M. Cooley Law ‘07) Associate Attorney Adam Leitman Bailey, PC What’s your current position and primary practice field(s)? I am currently an associate at Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. in Manhattan where my main area of practice is real estate litigation. How did...

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.   ...

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