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Why should you go to the Majors Fair?

Imagine for a minute that you’re an underclassman and you’re thinking about possibly going to law school at some point in the future. A stretch, perhaps, but I think you can do it. Now imagine that you’re not really enjoying (or doing well in) your current major,...

Best majors for law school? All of them

You’ve probably already heard me say (or you’ve read on this website) that there’s no magic major to get into law school.  The fact that I get to say, “study what you love!” over and over again is one of the best parts of my job....

Are lower ranked schools more innovative than their higher ranked peers?

It seems so, according to this observer.  One of his important points that bears repeating over and over again:  The rankings measure nothing remotely related to innovative or creative legal education methods.  Please keep that in mind as you compile your lists of schools to which you apply.

New website and resources on diversity in legal education

...or the lack thereof.  The Society of American Law Teachers and the Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic at Columbia University School of Law have put together a website exploring racial and ethnic diversity in American law schools.  Their central finding: the proportion of African-Americans and Mexican-Americans among law students...

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. ...

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...

They say the hardest part is just getting in

And now, apparently, that’s truer than ever. In the last two years, at least 10 law schools have deliberately changed their grading systems to make them more lenient. . . .   But the tactic getting the most attention — and the most controversy —  is the sudden, deliberate and dubiously effective grade inflation,...

Just how many law grads become lawyers?

The primary purpose of law school is to train lawyers—that seems to make sense.  But recent data indicate that a surprising number of law school graduates do not end up practicing law straight out of school.  Prof. Brian Tamanaha, who writes frequently about legal education, portrays these...

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...

NSO 2017: Welcome to UMass Amherst!

Welcome incoming first-years and transfer students! If you’re already thinking about an eventual legal career, this post is for you. If you missed or can’t make one of the NSO Pre-Law info sessions (Mondays and Thursdays at 2:15 pm in Student Union Room 411), or you lost the printed handouts...

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