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Choosing law schools: prestige and the bursting of the BigLaw bubble

Excellent article from Prof. William Henderson of the Indiana University School of Law, analyzing the potential impact of the financial crisis (and its attendant effects on the large law firms) on the relative marketability of different law schools’ grads. Most large law firms are very sensitive to pedigree, though you...

Lawyer-Alum profile: Peter Farrell (Legal Studies ‘98, Suffolk Law ‘03)

Peter Farrell Senior Associate Smith & Brink, P.C. What’s your current position and primary practice field(s)? I am a Senior Associate at Smith & Brink, P.C., a civil litigation firm located in Braintree, Massachusetts.  My practice focuses on insurance defense which can involve two general...

Law Career Talk: Public Interest Law

UMass Alumni Attorneys Carla Halpern (Lingustics ‘90, Harvard Law ‘97) and Stefanie Krantz (Legal Studies ‘89, WNEC Law ‘93) will speak about their careers in Public Interest Law on Tuesday, April 19th, at 2:00 pm in E27C Machmer.Attorney Halpern has for several years practiced family law and housing discrimination law on behalf of...

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...

Meet the lawyers of “Meet the Law” - Part 1

Our popular lawyer-alumni speed networking event is coming this Thursday, 3/29, at 6:00pm. Each day this week, I’ll present brief biographical sketches of each of the distinguished attorneys who will be attending this year’s event. Today, we’ve got Anthony Barsamian, Nicholas Ferron, and Colleen Dunham Henschke. RSVP to...

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...

Real Advice from Real Lawyers (who happen to be UMass alums)

At the beginning of this school year, I asked some of our UMass Amherst lawyer-alums to share their best advice for undergrads who are considering legal careers, and they responded with some great stuff! From Samantha Duncan, a contract enforcement attorney at a large labor union in Washington DC: Have...

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...

Law Career Talk: Intellectual Property and Patent Law

The following is a summary of a UMass lawyer-alumni career talk offered on March 31, 2005, sponsored by the UMass Pre-Law Advising Office.Panelists:Nicholas Triano, III, Mintz Levin, BostonBiochemistry and Chemistry, ‘83Suffolk Law, ‘91Joshua Grey, Bulkley Richardson & Gelinas, SpringfieldHistory, ‘97Northwestern Law, ‘01Q: How did you get into this area of...

Are lower ranked schools more innovative than their higher ranked peers?

It seems so, according to this observer.  One of his important points that bears repeating over and over again:  The rankings measure nothing remotely related to innovative or creative legal education methods.  Please keep that in mind as you compile your lists of schools to which you apply.

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