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The job market for lawyers: what's the future?

It’s so hard to know the job market for lawyers will be like in the next few years.  The economic downturn has thrown most sectors into turmoil, and it’s anybody’s guess what will happen in LawWorld.  The received wisdom is that lawyers do well in bad times...

Legal careers: what to believe?

An unprecedented amount of attention is being paid to the job prospects and salaries for new attorneys, changes in the legal profession, and changes in legal education.  Much of it offers a bleak assessment of the job market for newly minted attorneys, and an even dimmer view of the cost-benefit...

The Coming Crash in Legal Education

That’s the title of a new article from University of Baltimore Law Professor Richard Bourne, detailing the long slow train wreck that the combination of the rising costs of legal education and the stagnant-to-receding market for legal jobs has engendered.  Like any train wreck, it’s not a...

The Future of Lawyer Hiring, Development and Advancement

NALP (formerly the National Association for Law Placement—the leading research and professional resource on law careers) is convening a series of roundtables to discuss a number of aspects of the future of lawyer training and job development.  Each panel is made up of law professors, law school deans, hiring...

Another reality check on legal careers

This article from Ari Kaplan, published in the National Law Journal, doesn’t just analyze why so many people go to law school without thoroughly researching their choice (especially the financial impacts).  He goes further to examine some of the traits of the truly successful lawyers—and it has nothing...

More financial food for thought

Two more recent articles continue to paint a bleak financial picture for law world. Many recent law graduates finance their bar prep courses—and the eight to ten weeks of study post-law school with private loans.  A recent article on law.com tells how those loans are now becoming harder...

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,...

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...

Legal employment and its discontents - UPDATE 8-19

Another recent article on legal employment (or the lack thereof) and who’s to blame. The bottom line, from my perspective: before you invest $100,000+ in law school, make darn sure it’s worth it to you, given your current circumstances and your specific aspirations for legal practice.  Research, research, research. ...

Mock jurors needed in Northampton

The Hampshire County Bar Association is looking for students to act as mock jurors for a training later this month. From Attorney Marissa Elkins, President of the bar association: This is a very important training to familiarize attorneys with new attorney-led jury selection procedures that have been put in place...

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