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Guest post: The importance of a compelling personal statement

Rachel Morandi graduated from UMass in May 2010 with a B.A. in Journalism.  She is now a first year student at Suffolk University Law School. I began the law school process during the middle of my junior year. Like many, I decided to take a prep course that was offered...

Welcome to Fall 2017!

Welcome to UMass, whether it’s for the first time or for another great year! In this note, you’ll find all you need to know regardless of where you are in your consideration of and preparation for a legal career: what you should be thinking about at this point,...

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...

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That is the question.  The deadline to sign up is this Thursday, January 10th. So what do you need to consider in order to make a reasoned decision about whether to take the February 12th LSAT? First, if this would be a retake for you, all the usual concerns...

Call Me Maybe

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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:...

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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...

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...

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