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How do I get started?

I recently received a worried email from an applicant and I know that she’s not the only facing this dilemma, so I thought I’d share my response with all of you. Q: My main question is regarding the personal statement. I have no idea where to begin. A:...

Wisdom from the financial aid panel

Summary of panelists’ presentations from the recent workshop on law school financial aid issues:What kinds of financial aid are available?Need-based aid (mainly Stafford loans, up to a Congressionally specified sum, currently around $20K), private loans, and merit-based aid.What forms do I fill out to apply for need-based...

Law school’s value proposition

The debate about whether law school is a worthwhile investment got some renewed mainstream media interest this past week when the New York Times published an op-ed from Case Western Reserve Law School Dean Lawrence Mitchell.  In short, Mitchell contends that law school is worth the money. Several commentators...

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...

The Wisdom of 1L: Early law school lessons from an alum

Lilian Chukwurah graduated with a degree in Legal Studies from UMass last May.  She’s now a first year (1L) at New England Law | Boston. She has a few tips for those of you contemplating law school.  If you have more questions, feel free to email Lilian. ...

October or December LSAT?!?

Q:  I’m signed up to take the October LSAT, but I’m not feeling ready.  I don’t think I would do as well as if I took it in December.  Will it really hurt my chances of getting into law school if I don’t...

UMass Law Pros and Cons

Pros: UMass President Jack Wilson, Governor Deval Patrick, UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean MacCormack and Southern New England Law School officials contend that the financials for the proposal have been fully vetted and will not incur further costs to the UMass system, but in fact will generate new income: The University...

It just gets uglier

From today’s New York Times, Downturn Dims Prospects Even at Top Law Schools. This fall, law students are competing for half as many openings at big firms as they were last year in what is shaping up to be the most wrenching job search season in over 50 years. There’...

Alumni guest post: 1L at NYU Law

Our occasional series of guest posts continues with Sam Litton, a 2008 UMass alum. Sam kindly took the time to answer some common questions students have for alumni in law school. Have more questions for Sam?  Please feel free to post them in the comments, and I’ll pass them along. ...

LORs: Hard copy or electronic?

With this admission cycle, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for the first time began allowing recommenders to submit their letters electronically.  When you (the applicant) enter your recommenders’ information in the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), you can either generate an email to the recommender with a link for...

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