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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...

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...

Lawyer-alum advice: Should you go to law school if you’re interested in starting a business?

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...

New website and resources on diversity in legal education

...or the lack thereof.  The Society of American Law Teachers and the Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic at Columbia University School of Law have put together a website exploring racial and ethnic diversity in American law schools.  Their central finding: the proportion of African-Americans and Mexican-Americans among law students...

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...

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