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No joke: More on law school employment numbers

Yesterday, I might have fooled some of you with my “LSAT waiver” prank, but today, I am forced to be serious again.  It’s about those post-grad legal employment numbers.  “Bleak” continues to be the best word to describe the job market for new lawyers, and it’s...

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...

Careers in Law Residential Academic Program (RAP)

If you are a freshman entering UMass in Fall 2011, you might want to consider the Careers in Law RAP.  Participants will take American Politics (PolSci 101) as well as a one-credit seminar led by your faithful Pre-Law Advisor.  For more information, click on the link above.  The seminar will focus on...

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...

“Worst job market yet”

That’s the headline for the latest legal employment report from NALP, the Association for Legal Career Professionals. Reporting on the Class of 2011’s employment 9 months after graduation (February 2012), NALP found that Only 85.6% of graduates (for whom employment status was known) were employed Only 65.4% (of those for whom the employment...

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...

Amherst College starts new undergraduate law journal

From the Pre-Law inbox: Amherst College has started a new undergraduate law journal. Res Publica Undergraduate Law Journal was founded in an effort to promote scholarship in the field of law in the liberal arts. The mission of Res Publica is to bring the best traditions of the contemporary humanities...

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...

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship

The American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund offers up to $5000 a year to law students attending ABA-accredited law schools.  The Fund is “intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to the scholarship recipients.”  Applications are now available online...

Criminal Justice Internships

From the Department of Sociology:Interested in a Criminal Justice Internship for Spring 2012 or beyond? Start planning NOW- Sheriff Garvey, director of CJ internships is meeting with interested students on Tuesdays from 3-5pm in Thompson Hall room 732. Recent placements have been in: - The Hampshire County Jail and House...

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