Legal Studies Honors Program Info Session

If you are a Legal Studies major, you are invited to consider applying for the Departmental Honors track in Legal Studies.  This provides majors with the opportunity to conduct independent research culminating in a Capstone thesis or project.  The Departmental Honors track in Legal Studies is a chance to extend and deepen your learning in an area of particular interest to you while working closely with a Legal Studies faculty member who serves as your honors committee chair.  For more information drop by our info session!

Legal Studies Honors Program
Drop-In Info Session
***With Pizza!***
Friday, April 10
12:00 – 1:30 PM
Thompson 230

Here’s additional information for those of you who are interested:

First year students, Sophomores, and Juniors already in the Commonwealth Honors College
If you want to join the LS Honors Track, you must contact me, Leah Wing, by April 1 of your junior year to join in time to conduct your research the fall semester of your senior year.  You will need to have a faculty chair selected by the end of April junior year with whom you will work and I will help you with the paper work and the process in setting that up.

First year students and Sophomores who are not yet part of Commonwealth Honors College (CHC)
If you want to join the LS Honors Track, you must first apply and be accepted into Commonwealth Honors College which requires a 3.4 GPA.  Contact CHC directly to apply; the next cycle of applications open April 1.

If you have questions, but are unable to attend, contact:

Leah (Wing),
Legal Studies Honors Director
#430 Thompson Hall
Office Hours Spring 2015:  Tuesdays 2-3:45

Meet Congressman Jim McGovern

UMass Democrats invites you to an informal meet and greet event with Congressman Jim McGovern on Tuesday, March 31st, from 4:00-5 PM in Campus Center Room 174-176.

Participants will have opportunities to talk to Congressman McGovern, as well as ask him about anything related to his role representing Massachusetts’s 2nd Congressional District in an informal setting.

This event is free and open to the public – feel free to invite your friends. Come one, come all!

If you have any questions, please feel free to post it the event wall at or email!

Red Sox Law Night!

On April 27th The Red Sox will be holding their first annual “Law Night” at Fenway Park inside of their private Champions Club before the game.  With the purchase of a special ticket this event will offer current law students, Alumni, and other young professionals the chance to meet and hear from front office representatives within the Red Sox Legal Team about how they made their way into the Sports and Entertainment Industry. At the conclusion of the presentation those that attend will be welcome to enjoy some food and beverage inside the club for a networking reception up until the Red Sox take on the Toronto Blue Jays at 6:10pm.  Additionally, everyone will receive a complimentary Fenway Park Replica giveaway as well!

Limited tickets at $65 are currently available on a first come first serve basis, and can be purchased through Matt Tieri at 617-226-6288.

Take a look at the flyer: Red Sox Law Night

Summer and Fall Internships with City of Holyoke

Are you interested in local politics? If so this opportunity is for you:

The Department is pleased to announce an internship opportunity with the City of Holyoke. Interns can apply to work right in the Mayor’s office or can apply to work in any of the city departments. This is an excellent opportunity to learn first-hand about city governments and urban politics.

Internships with the city are unpaid, but the Department is offering a $1000 scholarship to one intern.

Contact Michelle Goncalves,, for more information.

Can’t fit an internship into your schedule? We’re also pleased to announce that Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse will  be teaching POLISCI 214: Urban Government and Politics for us in the Fall. Check Spire for more information.

CWC is Now Hiring for 2015-2016

Hiring for volunteer, work study, and internship positions starting in the fall 2015!  Application Priority Deadline was March 11, 2015, applications will continue to be received through early fall. Visit to apply.

  • Build your resume & increase employment opportunities
  • Develop counseling skills & crisis intervention experience
    Gain experience facilitating workshops, coordinating projects, & planning events
    · Network with professionals  in  the field, community agencies, and campus programs
    Enhance your understanding of empowerment, social justice and peer advocacy

Presidential Campaign Boot Camp – Washington D.C

Nick Barton, a UMASS Alum encourages you to apply for the Presidential Campaign Boot Camp!

Presidential Campaign Boot Camp will be a unique experience for students to spend a semester getting hands-on education and experience in the world of campaigns. Students will earn academic credit at The George Washington University by taking classes on the practical aspects of presidential campaigns, which we will view through the lens of the New Hampshire primary. Through a joint virtual class with students at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, students will have access to campaign and political professionals both in DC and on the ground in New Hampshire.

As with all Semester in Washington Politics programs, students will be able to take advantage of GW’s location in Washington, D.C. by taking part in a professional internship. However, Boot Camp students will have the opportunity to put what they are learning in class into use not just in their internships, but also in a week-long trip to New Hampshire where they will be able to volunteer for the Presidential campaign of their choice in the lead up to the primary.

As you can imagine, the majority of Semester in Washington Politics students major in political science or similar fields, so we wanted to make sure that your department was aware of the Boot Camp program. This is a great opportunity for your students to gain hands-on experience in campaigning to help prepare them for volunteering, interning, or working on the trail in 2016. If you could share the program with your students, we would greatly appreciate it

Our priority application deadline is April 15, and the final deadline is June 1.

Apply Here!


Election Cycle Positions for Nick Tirrell

Filling the following positions for the 2015 election cycle ending May 18th. Students can find us online at or on twitter at

Plans campaign strategies, coordinates campaign staff, arranges meetings to publicize candidates and causes.

Public Relations Director
Uses strategic communications to connect with voters. Writes press releases and cultivates relationships with media organizations. (This is a great position for a student who also has an interest in journalism and/or photography).

Organize and activate citizen participation. Works to secure the election of the candidate through voter education, registration, turnout and volunteer recruitment.

Students interested in these opportunities can e-mail me directly at or call my campaign office at (413)-341-6676.

Best Text Contest – Junior Year Writing

The Writing Program is now accepting submissions for the annual Best Text Contest.  Consider submitting an essay from your Junior-Year Writing class that you feel showcases your best work.  Awards will be given for each of the following categories (Good Luck):

Junior-Year Writing:

Best Short Text (up to 5 pages):                                $200.00

Best Long Text (6 pages and above):                       $200.00

Best Non-Traditional/Multimedia format:             $200.00


Submission Deadline:   Friday, May 8, 2015


Submissions should be submitted online to:


For information on contest submission rules, please visit:


Winners announced next spring 2016.


If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Terault at or Peggy Woods

How to resolve final exam conflicts

If you have two finals scheduled at the same time or more than two finals scheduled on the same day, don’t worry because UMass Amherst has a plan for that!

According to page 30 of the 2014/2015 UMass Amherst Academic Regulations:

  • If you have more than two final exams scheduled for the same day, the faculty member whose exam that falls in the middle chronologically must offer a make-up exam as long as you notify the instructor of the conflict at least TWO WEEKS before the exam. You must go to the Registrar’s office in 213 Whitmore to obtain official proof of the conflict and give this proof to the instructor.
  • If you have two final exams scheduled for the same time, the instructor for the course whose 5-digit class number has the higher final digit must offer you a make-up exam. (e.g.  If the two class numbers are 12345 and 12347, the instructor of class number 12347 must offer you a make-up exam.)  To qualify for the makeup exam, you must go to the Registrar’s office and obtain proof of the conflict, which you will then present to the instructor of class number 12347.

All make-up exams must be given during finals week, but they may be given during hours that fall outside the normal daily exam periods.

Apply Now for Student Legal Services Fall 2015 Internships

Applications are now open for Student Legal Services Fall 2015 Internships.  Here are the facts:

  • Interns earn 12 credits, full semester course load
  • Work 32 hours per week, make your own schedule
  • Work closely with experienced attorneys in various areas of the law (Housing, Immigration, Family, Consumer, Business/Labor, Criminal, and Civil)
  • Apply acquired skills to a professional working environment
  • Duties include scheduling appointments, attending meetings with clients, legal research, consulting with clients via email and phone, managing and maintaining case files
  • Opportunity to gain experience and build your resume
  • Participate in seminars and projects that help educate other students about their rights
  • Take your interest in law to the next level


  • 45 completed undergraduate credits
  • A declared major (all majors welcome)

Click here to apply. Application deadline for the fall 2015 academic semester is April 1, 2015.