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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....

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,...

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...

Law-related courses: Spring 2018

Just in time (barely) for Spring 2018 course registration, it’s our bi-annual list of law-related undergraduate courses being offered across the University. But first, some caveats: There is nothing you MUST do as an undergrad in order to prepare for law school – no required classes or majors, no magic extracurricular...

Spring 2014 classes you may have overlooked

We’ve been asked to share information about a couple of classes that are relevant to students considering legal careers and that still have spots open for the Spring 2014 semester. The first is EDUC 202—Intergroup Dialogue: Imagine sitting in a circle with 15 other students talking about subjects you rarely get...

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...

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