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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...

UMass Law School?

The idea of creating a public law school in Massachusetts, last seen in 2005, when it was rejected by the state Board of Higher Education, is back.  The current proposal, like the old, involves UMass-Dartmouth taking over the unaccredited Southern New England School of Law (SNESL), also in Dartmouth.  Accordingly, despite...

Rankings—all about the name?

Imagine a law school ranking in which the University of New Hampshire’s law school outranked Franklin Pierce.  Why would this be funny?  Because UNH is Franklin Pierce—UNH took over the private law school this past fall.  But in a recent survey that included both names, respondents thought that...

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...

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...

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