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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...

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...

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.

Law schools beginning to offer more practical skills training

Interesting article from the National Law Journal on a variety of new offerings at law schools to increase the marketability of their grads.  Certainly something to keep in mind as you are deciding which schools to apply to. Graduates face stiff competition for law firm positions, and clients are...

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...

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