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Personal statement tip of the week: Don't argue

Really, this is several tips in one, and they all boil down to refraining from arguing. 1. Don’t use your personal statement to argue for your admission to X law school. That’s not what it’s for.  Let all of your materials together make that argument, by the sheer...

What exactly do the US News rankings measure?

Let me be frank: If you can’t answer this question, then you have no business relying on the rankings.  Once you do answer the question, you’ll realize you have no business relying on the rankings. With a little research, you’ll find that US News’ methodology has...

How do I get started?

I recently received a worried email from an applicant and I know that she’s not the only facing this dilemma, so I thought I’d share my response with all of you. Q: My main question is regarding the personal statement. I have no idea where to begin. A:...

New advising resource for Political Science & Legal Studies

Check out the new advising blog for majors in Political Science and Legal Studies.  Check in often to keep up to date on happenings in the Department and majors.  The blog will also be chock full of info of interest to people who care about politics, policy and law.  Look...

My applications are in, what do I do next?

Once your applications are in – including your letters of recommendation, Dean’s letters (if necessary) and transcripts, you get to relax a bit.  You will want to check in with each law school to make sure that they have your complete application, if you haven’t already heard from...

Guest speaker: Politics at the Department of Justice

This Thursday, February 19th, the Pre-Law Advising Office welcomes Lisa Graybill, currently the Legal Director of the ACLU of Texas.  Attorney Graybill began her legal career in the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice under Attorney General John Ashcroft.  As a result, she had a front row...

Lawyers, law profs and law students—Mock Trial judges needed!

This November, the UMass Amherst Mock Trial team will host the Second Annual Thanksgiving Classic Invitational Tournament.  The team is currently looking for lawyers, law students (2d or 3d year preferred) and law profs to serve as judges for one or more trials. Judges will assess the competitors’ overall performance—...

And we’re back! Spring 2014 is here.

Welcome back to campus!  Whether you’re an applicant in the current admission cycle, or contemplating applying in Fall 2014 for Fall 2015 admission, there’s much to be done, and the Pre-Law Advising Office is here to help. Current applicantsFinish up! No, seriously, get those applications completed, and get them...

The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Q: All my applications are in.  I sent in my financial aid applications and my FAFSA too.  Is there anything I can do while I’m waiting to hear?  Should I follow up with a phone call to the admissions offices?  What does it mean that...

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...

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