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Best time ever to pursue public interest law

Even though Harvard just ended its free tuition program for public interest lawyers, they, as well as many other schools, still have a very generous Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP), and public interest lawyers from any law school can take advantage of the federal College Cost Reduction and Access Act. ...

UMass Law: Update

Governor Patrick is supporting the proposed acquisition of unaccredited Southern New England School of Law (SNESL) by UMass Dartmouth “subject to the financial analysis being done. It’s got to make fiscal sense.”  Elsewhere the Governor was quoted as being even more supportive: “I think a first-class state university system,...

Reputation surveys in the US News rankings

Turns out that only about 646 academics, lawyers and judges determine 40% of each law school’s rank in US News (the reputation portion).  And only about 120 of those are actual lawyers.  Just to repeat: that means that 40% of a school’s rank is determined by just a handful of lawyers and...

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...

UMass Law School approved

More info here.  Please remember that the school will not seek provisional ABA accreditation until the 2011-2012 school year.  Graduates, therefore, can only seek admission to the bar in Massachusetts and Connecticut.  Look for more detailed information about this option soon.

What’s it worth to ya?

So there’s this raging debate in law world now about the value of a law degree.  Some law profs are arguing that it’s a million dollar degree.  Others are taking issue with that claim. Who’s right, who’s wrong, and what does it mean for...

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...

UMass Law proposal moves forward

Two committees of the UMass Board of Trustees have voted in favor of the proposal for UMass Dartmouth to take over Southern New England School of Law, and it goes to the full Board next week, on December 10th.  If the full Board approves the proposal, it will go before...

Choosing law schools: prestige and the bursting of the BigLaw bubble

Excellent article from Prof. William Henderson of the Indiana University School of Law, analyzing the potential impact of the financial crisis (and its attendant effects on the large law firms) on the relative marketability of different law schools’ grads. Most large law firms are very sensitive to pedigree, though you...

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...

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