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UMass Law Pros and Cons

Pros: UMass President Jack Wilson, Governor Deval Patrick, UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean MacCormack and Southern New England Law School officials contend that the financials for the proposal have been fully vetted and will not incur further costs to the UMass system, but in fact will generate new income: The University...

Step away from the rankings

Because they’re bogus. Because they are wildly manipulated by the law schools.   Because they may be destroying legal education.   And because they tell you almost nothing about what you need to know in order to choose a law school that’s right for you.

Why I’m happy UMass Law got accredited

If you’ve followed this blog, read even a little of my website, or just seen a few of the depressing articles I’ve linked to on Facebook, you know I’m not an uncritical booster of law school and legal careers in general.  In fact, I’m pretty...

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,...

Meet the Law: Alumni-lawyer networking event 4/13

Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 pm—8:00 pm Location: Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union This don’t-miss event features several successful alumni attorneys sharing their stories in a comfortable and fun small group “speed networking” format. Confirmed participants (so far—more to come!) include Sean Chen (Communication ‘03, Suffolk Law)—Attorney in small practice specializing...

Interview with Brian Leiter, law school rankings maven

I won’t hesitate to give you the most important take-away from this interview: Anyone who thinks that “top 14” demarcates a relevant category of law schools has already made a mistake!   ... but it’s worth reading the rest of the interview as well.   Brian Leiter is a professor...

The Future of Legal Education

Excellent, thought provoking article (PDF) from New York Law School Dean Richard Matasar in the New York State Bar Journal. Dean Matasar provides a concise account of the economics of legal education and legal employment currently and into the future.  I strongly recommend it for all who are weighing a...

Wait! Don’t go!

Just a few quick thoughts before the construction seals my office off from the rest of campus… For those applying to law school next year: The Pre-Law Advising Office is open throughout the summer.  I won’t have regular office hours, but I am available to meet with you...

Real Advice from Real Lawyers (who happen to be UMass alums)

At the beginning of this school year, I asked some of our UMass Amherst lawyer-alums to share their best advice for undergrads who are considering legal careers, and they responded with some great stuff! From Samantha Duncan, a contract enforcement attorney at a large labor union in Washington DC: Have...

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