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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...

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Guest post: Recent law grad (and UMass alum) shares some tough realities

A relatively recent law grad and UMass alum (ISOM, mid-2000’s) contacted me earlier this month with a desire to share with prospective law school applicants from UMass some of the harsh realities he’s faced as a new attorney in today’s economy.  I asked him to write up...

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This just in from Dunn & Phillips, a law firm with offices in Amherst, right over on Fearing Street: The Law Offices of Dunn and Phillips (Amherst) is currently accepting applicants for positions in our firm. We have 2 opportunities for internships, one as a Legal Intern, and one as a...

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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...

"I'm a self-starter and a real people person!"

It’s the top cliché of job interviews everywhere (right up there with “I think my only real weakness is that I’m a perfectionist”), but it’s also what it takes to be successful as a lawyer.  That’s always been the case, but all the more so these...

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