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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...

It just gets uglier

From today’s New York Times, Downturn Dims Prospects Even at Top Law Schools. This fall, law students are competing for half as many openings at big firms as they were last year in what is shaping up to be the most wrenching job search season in over 50 years. There’...

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,...

Free Money—SBS Scholarships

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has some $60,000 burning a hole in its collective pocket.  The fine people in the Dean’s Office are looking to give this money away to eligible students in SBS. For more info, visit the SBS Undergraduate Scholarship page or attend the Scholarship Workshop...

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...

Tuition goes up while job availability goes down

And yet people keep fooling themselves into believing that a brand name diploma is worth the cost.  It’s not, of course. But you are a UMass student or alum: you’re way too smart to buy that marketing ploy line of reasoning.  You know that when it comes to...

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...

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...

Gaming the rankings

Every year, law school applicants spend an inordinate amount of time obsessing about US News & World Report’s law school rankings. The Pre-Law website discusses generally why you shouldn’t care about the rankings.  This summer, the New York Times published an article giving a new set of...

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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