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You don’t need to commit just yet

If you’re like most applicants, you are unaware that LSAC recommends law schools adhere to certain “best practices” in the admissions process. Even though they’re not binding, the guidelines set out what you should generally expect from admissions officials as you navigate this process. At this time of...

Current applicants: Your December to-do list

I’ve come up with a little to-do list for those of you currently in the application process.  Let’s be clear: this is no time for procrastination.  I’ve already heard from several applicants who have not only completed their applications, but received offers of admission. If...

Free money for SBS students!

You may prefer the term “scholarships” but I like the sound of “free money.” The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has a whole bunch of scholarships available to students, and a surprisingly small number of you apply each year. That is silly—quite literally leaving money on the table....

Easy money

It’s scholarship season at UMass, and there are at least three reasons I can think of off the top of my head that you should apply for every scholarship that comes around while you’re here. First, it’s easy money. Whether it’s $500 or $5000, it’s a bite ...

Wisdom from the financial aid panel

Summary of panelists’ presentations from the recent workshop on law school financial aid issues:What kinds of financial aid are available?Need-based aid (mainly Stafford loans, up to a Congressionally specified sum, currently around $20K), private loans, and merit-based aid.What forms do I fill out to apply for need-based...

ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship

The American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund offers up to $5000 a year to law students attending ABA-accredited law schools.  The Fund is “intended to encourage racial and ethnic minority students to apply to law school and to provide financial assistance to the scholarship recipients.”  Applications are now available online...

Not the end of the world

Perhaps something like this has crossed your mind in the last 48 hours or so: “Omigod, there’s no way I’m gonna get my applications in by Thanksgiving like the pre-law advisor told me to, and now I’ll never get into law school, and my life is ruined, and...

Call Me Maybe

You’re working on your law school applications, and you run into some kind of ambiguity: does the law school want three pages of personal statement (as per the LSAC application instructions) or “no more than two pages” (as per the law school’s FAQ page)? Do they want an...

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...

LORs: Hard copy or electronic?

With this admission cycle, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for the first time began allowing recommenders to submit their letters electronically.  When you (the applicant) enter your recommenders’ information in the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), you can either generate an email to the recommender with a link for...

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