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UMass Board of Trustees approves UMass Law plan

Details from the Boston Globe and the Springfield Republican. The next (and final) step is approval by the state Board of Higher Education, which is expected to meet and vote on the proposal in early February.  If approved, the school is set to accept students for Fall 2010 admission.   Please...

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...

Guest post: Lawyer-alum Eric Morrell’s criminal law practice

Lawyer-alum Eric Morrell is eager to share his experiences with aspiring attorneys.  In this guest post, he talks about his career path, and starting and managing a law office in criminal law, as well as providing some advice for others.  Eric is happy to speak with UMass students...

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...

And now for something completely different

Well, not so much.  Another view of just how big impact an impact the economy is having on Law World.  Only this one encourages (hopes for?) a phoenix to rise from the ashes. The silver lining, if there is one, is that the legal world may be inspired to draw...

Yet another new public law school in New England

Franklin Pierce Law School in Concord, New Hampshire has entered into an affiliation agreement with the University of New Hampshire (UNH). With approval by the ABA expected by the fall, Pierce Law will become UNH Law for the 2010-11 school year.  No word yet on new tuition levels either for...

Law grad employment numbers keep getting worse

The National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) has issued its findings and analysis of employment trends for the law school class of 2010, and it’s almost all bad news. The annual NALP hiring report examines the employment status of law grads in February, nine months after graduation. ”[A]t 87.6%,...

Lawyer-Alumni profile: Elizabeth Pugh (Sociology ‘71, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law ‘78)

Elizabeth Pugh Sociology ’71, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law ‘78 General Counsel, United States Library of Congress How did you get here – what led you to this field and practice setting? In 1971, as a senior at UMass, I was Chair of the Student Union Governing Board, and had the chance to meet the...

Lawyer-Alum profile: Eric Weinstein (Political Science ‘88, New England Law ‘92)

Eric J. Weinstein Sole Pracitioner What’s your current position and primary practice field(s)? I am a sole practitioner with my own law office in Framingham, Massachusetts.  For the first 15 years of practice, I focused on criminal law defense and appellate work, as well as real estate related...

And so it begins….

The New York Times reports: You know things are bad when even lawyers are getting laid off. In downturns of years past, law firms exploited corporate failures and bitter, protracted lawsuits to keep busy and keep billing. But in this still-unfolding crisis, the embittered and the bankrupt have been relatively...

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