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New research on LSAT alternative

The New York Times reports this morning on some preliminary research at UC Berkeley about an alternative measure for predicting lawyer success. Instead of focusing on analytic ability, the new test includes questions about how to respond to hypothetical situations. For example, it might describe a company with a policy...

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Q: All my applications are in.  I sent in my financial aid applications and my FAFSA too.  Is there anything I can do while I’m waiting to hear?  Should I follow up with a phone call to the admissions offices?  What does it mean that...

Best time ever to pursue public interest law

Even though Harvard just ended its free tuition program for public interest lawyers, they, as well as many other schools, still have a very generous Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), and public interest lawyers from any law school can take advantage of the federal College Cost Reduction and Access Act. ...

“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...

Law School Application Tip of the Week: Choose recommenders carefully

When you meet with your professor, internship supervisor or boss to ask for that recommendation, make it easy for them to say “No.” According to a new survey of law school admissions officials conducted by Kaplan, fully 87% said that they had received negative letters of recommendation for applicants.  This should...

Personal statement tip of the week: Don't argue

Really, this is several tips in one, and they all boil down to refraining from arguing. 1. Don’t use your personal statement to argue for your admission to X law school. That’s not what it’s for.  Let all of your materials together make that argument, by the sheer...

Free Money—SBS Scholarships

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has some $60,000 burning a hole in its collective pocket.  The fine people in the Dean’s Office are looking to give this money away to eligible students in SBS. For more info, visit the SBS Undergraduate Scholarship page or attend the Scholarship Workshop...

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...

Fall 2015 Wind-Down - Mid-Season Advice for Current Applicants

This is it—last week of classes for Fall 2015! The end is near! For those of you about to graduate, congratulations!! You made it!! But for the current-year law school applicants, the end is not so near. Sorry. Whether you applied early and are already hearing back from schools, are...

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...

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