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Law schools beginning to offer more practical skills training

Interesting article from the National Law Journal on a variety of new offerings at law schools to increase the marketability of their grads.  Certainly something to keep in mind as you are deciding which schools to apply to. Graduates face stiff competition for law firm positions, and clients are...

Real Advice from Real Lawyers (who happen to be UMass alums)

At the beginning of this school year, I asked some of our UMass Amherst lawyer-alums to share their best advice for undergrads who are considering legal careers, and they responded with some great stuff! From Samantha Duncan, a contract enforcement attorney at a large labor union in Washington DC: Have...

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...

Paralegal positions at Rich May in Boston

Lawyer-alum Howard Levin, a partner at the Boston law firm Rich May, has passed along to us the job announcement for 3 full-time paralegal positions with his firm.  These are entry-level positions for college grads and are scheduled to start June 3, 2013.  You can find the full position listings here.

Lawyer-alum profile: Noelle Barrist Stern (‘97, Northeastern Law ‘00)

Noelle Barrist Stern (Legal Studies and Natural Resource Studies ‘97, Northeastern Law ‘00) Judicial Case Manager Berkshire County (MA) Probate & Family Court What’s your current position and primary practice field(s)? I am the Judicial Case Manager at the Berkshire Probate and Family Court.  My primary practice areas are...

Internship: Youth Restorative Justice

We’ve just learned of a new internship opportunity—see below for the details. Note that even though the organization is located in Brattleboro (about 35 minutes north of Amherst), much of the work can be done remotely. This looks an especially good opportunity for those of you exploring the large...

Local law firm internships available

This just in from Dunn & Phillips, a law firm with offices in Amherst, right over on Fearing Street: The Law Offices of Dunn and Phillips (Amherst) is currently accepting applicants for positions in our firm. We have 2 opportunities for internships, one as a Legal Intern, and one as a...

The Future of Legal Education

Excellent, thought provoking article (PDF) from New York Law School Dean Richard Matasar in the New York State Bar Journal. Dean Matasar provides a concise account of the economics of legal education and legal employment currently and into the future.  I strongly recommend it for all who are weighing a...

Criminal Justice Internships

From the Department of Sociology:Interested in a Criminal Justice Internship for Spring 2012 or beyond? Start planning NOW- Sheriff Garvey, director of CJ internships is meeting with interested students on Tuesdays from 3-5pm in Thompson Hall room 732. Recent placements have been in: - The Hampshire County Jail and House...

Networking: What works best?

We’ve got a solid start on the UMass Amherst Lawyer-Alumni and Pre-Law Networking LinkedIn group – over 130 members so far, with almost half practicing attorneys, and the rest a mix of law students, and undergraduates and alumni interested in careers in law.  There’s a decent variety of fields,...

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