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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...

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...

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...

Meet the Lawyers of “Meet the Law Fall 2015”

We’ve got a great group of alumni lawyers lined up for the Fall 2015 edition of Meet the Law, our speed networking event for prospective lawyers (coming up Wednesday, October 14th at 6:00 pm). Check out the list of attorneys, and don’t forget to register in advance here. Starlene Alves ...

You are moving toward a future you are creating

Catapult 2013 (+ 2 months) or How a one-day conference reignited my excitement about the future of law In mid-April, I attended a conference in San Francisco entitled, “Catapult 2013: Tools for a 21st Century Legal Career.” It was an inspiring day of meetings, presentations, workshops and informal conversations, and I fully intended to...

“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...

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...

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...

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. ...

New guide to law schools for public interest/public service

Equal Justice Works, the national organization for public interest law students and lawyers, has released a new resource that allows prospective students to compare law schools based on criteria important to those pursuing careers in public interest or government.  The online searchable database provides information about tuition costs, public interest...

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