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Ninth Circuit rules in favor of disabled law grad

In an important case for people with disabilities seeking accommodations on the bar exam, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the National Conference of Bar Examiners (which is responsible for the administering the multi-state portion of the bar exam used in most states) must grant a series...

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.

I’m taking the October LSAT—what should I be doing right now?

1. LSAT prep. These last few weeks are critical, and study and practice for the LSAT must remain your number one priority.  (But don’t forget to taper during that last week—no practice tests after 9/27!)  If you haven’t taken a full-length timed practice test yet, you’re...

Contemplating the February LSAT?

Tomorrow (Jan. 11th) is the deadline for registering for the February 12th LSAT.  If you are considering taking that test, keep a few things in mind. First, if this will be a retake, re-read the general information and cautions about retakes as well as my October post on whether to...

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...

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...

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...

Guest post: Recent law grad (and UMass alum) shares some tough realities

A relatively recent law grad and UMass alum (ISOM, mid-2000’s) contacted me earlier this month with a desire to share with prospective law school applicants from UMass some of the harsh realities he’s faced as a new attorney in today’s economy.  I asked him to write up...

The Boston Globe and New England Law

Today the Boston Globe published a lengthy article critical of New England Law / Boston, a school that has traditionally been very popular with UMass students and alums. The article focuses primarily on the Dean’s salary but then goes on to make a number of claims about the school’s...

LSAT changes: New format, additional dates

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) has announced two very big changes to the LSAT, coming in the next year: A digital format for the test. Beginning in July 2019, applicants will take the test on a tablet, rather than on paper. The test content will be the same—this is...

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