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Evandro C. Carvalho ’04 spent much of his childhood herding goats, building a chicken farm, and serving as a shepherd to cattle on his grandfather’s farm in Cape Verde. Although the manual labor taught him a lot about hard work—rising before dawn, working with his hands, and persisting day after day—in some ways, finding ways to get out of the work taught him more: “whenever I could, I'd use the ‘I have to study’ excuse,” Carvalho reflects. That focus on academics prepared him well for UMass. Read moreRead more


Chris Peterson ‘09 (Legal Studies) graduated from UMass Amherst in the “teeth of the recession,” and applied to 63 jobs. He heard back from one: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Admissions Office, who needed someone to help coordinate their blogs and social media strategy. Read more......Read more


For Mark A. Papirio '81, “UMass’ Legal Studies Program boasts some of the best legal minds anywhere.” The faculty, he says, “helped keep me on the straight and narrow path at school…. Peter d’Errico [professor emeritus of legal studies] went out of his way both to help me secure...Read more

Emily Tarr

When asked about her career success-stories, Emily Tarr ’00, who now serves as an International Special Advisor in the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina, reflects on “a combination of what I have done right, and some things that I should have done.” Together, these items form a five-step...Read more

Michael Otto

“International social justice work is not an easy path,” says Michael Otto ’03, “but it is often very exciting and rewarding!” Otto, who helped to found Tiny Toones, a non-profit organization which uses music to empower at-risk youth in Cambodia, says his Legal Studies background helped to make much of his social justice work possible. Read more...Read more


Dr. Rowen's research focuses on law and society, transitional justice, international criminal law, social movements, and international and comparative methods. Dr. Rowen's current projects examine the confluence of domestic immigration and international criminal law within the Department of Homeland Security, as well as purpose and practice of Veterans Treatment Courts, specialized courts...Read more

Rebecca Hamlin

My research is focused on law and immigration politics. I am interested in how administrative agencies and courts adjudicate migration and citizenship questions, and the political responses to judicial involvement in migration matters. I have a particular interest in migrant categorization and the concept of a refugee.

My new...Read more

Stephen Arons

Stephen Arons is Professor Emeritus of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He received his B.A. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Harvard. He has written extensively in professional and popular journals, and was for a time Contributing Editor at...Read more

Judge Judd Carhart

Judd J. Carhart is Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Justice Carhart graduated from the University of Massachusetts and from Suffolk University Law School. He served as Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County from 1974 to 1977 and joined the faculty at Suffolk University Law School, where he...Read more

Laura Quilter is the Copyright and Information Policy Librarian at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Libraries.  Laura has a M.S. in Library and Information Science (University of Kentucky, 1993) and a J.D. (UC Berkeley School of Law, 2003).  

She has taught as an adjunct professor at Simmons College,...Read more


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