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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1167
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 145 - 153
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.74 - 3.4
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 90.87%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 75.51%
In State Tuition $40,984

Overview

Overview

Reviews

New England Law ½ Boston is “relatively small” (though classes can sometimes be large), and it’s a “stand-alone school,” unaffiliated with a larger university. “New England Law is not a flashy school by any means,” explains a 2L, “but the education you receive will put you in a position to be successful.” Schedules are “incredibly flexible, allowing evening students and part-time students to attend law school while working full-time and having families.” “High-level theory” is certainly on offer here, but the approach tends to be more geared toward real life. “Opportunities for practical experi­ence” are plentiful. A great assortment of practicum courses and seminars allows stu­dents “to apply their knowledge and really learn how to be a lawyer.” A profusion of clinical options varies from pretty mundane to fascinating. An array of study abroad programs and externships involving various international criminal tribunals is another great perk.Students have nothing but plaudits for New England Law’s “passionate” and “extremely knowledgeable” professors. These “amazing human beings” are “absolutely brilliant, but scary as hell” in a good way. Most of them “have deep practical experience” “rather than being pure academics,” and they combine “subject-matter mastery with an approach to teaching that is focused on both deep understanding and practical applica­tion.” Outside the classroom, they’re “extremely accessible and helpful.” In a nutshell, the faculty is “the reason for going to this school.” Like at most law schools, the staff receives more mixed reviews. According to some students, the administration is “very dedicated” and “approachable.” “Communication within the school is seamless,” one student tells us, and staffers “do a wonderful job.” Other students assert that the differ­ent management fiefdoms are “unaware of what each is doing.” Also, they say, “Registration is a mess.” New England Law’s campus consists of four buildings. None of them is “much to write home about.” In the main building, things are definitely “a little cramped.” “Hundreds of students trying to move in opposite directions down a single hallway” poses annoying logistical difficulties on a daily basis. “The library isn’t nearly big enough” either. “There are times when the library and student lounge are completely overcrowded.” On the plus side, technology is “really quite good,” and “The law librar­ians are absolute wizards at researching complicated areas of the law.”Nobody is particularly in love with Career Services. As a part of the program, there is a 1L career counseling requirement, a weekly career newsletter, and complementary membership to the Boston Bar Association for graduating students, yet some feel that New England Law “does not provide opportunities similar to other schools.” “There is no grade inflation” either, and the tough grading creates problems because students face pretty tough local competition for law jobs. Nevertheless, students say that New England Law enjoys “an excellent reputation around Boston and Massachusetts.” An “alumni network that is fiercely loyal” is an additional plus. Also, the location “in the middle of downtown Boston” provides easy access to “all of the downtown firms and government agencies,” thus allowing numerous opportunities to gain real-world practice before graduation. “There are a lot of other, more prestigious, law schools in Boston,” relates a 2L,” but I am never embarrassed to say I am at New England. In fact, I’m always eager to tell people how great I think the school is.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 342

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Criminal
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 131
Full-Time Faculty 37
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 5
Part-Time Faculty 89
Faculty Gender 58% Male
41% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 25 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 43% Male
57% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 69%
Multi-racial 4%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 11%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $40,984 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $40,984 $40,984

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition N/A Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) N/A N/A

Financial Aid

93% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$49,507 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $65

Incoming Class

New England Law- Boston's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 145 - 153
LSAT Part-Time 145 - 152
LSAT Total 145 - 153

New England Law- Boston's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.76 - 3.43
Part-Time 2.7 - 3.38
Total 2.74 - 3.4

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 85%
First Time Pass Rate 91%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 87%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 30
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 76%
Average Starting Salary $53,138
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 79 31%
Firm Sized 11-25 19 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 3 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 0%
Firm Sized 501+ 1 0%
Business Industry 74 29%
Government 30 12%
Public Interest 12 5%
Federal Clerkship 2 1%
State Clerkship 18 7%
Academia 6 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 0%
Unemployed, Seeking 63 19%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 8 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NJ 3%
NY 5%
MA 73%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of New England Law- Boston include:

  • Wendy J. Murphy - Victim Advocacy & Resrch Grp; Nat'l TV Commentator
  • The Honorable Karyn F. Scheier - Chief Justice of the MA Land Court
  • The Honorable John R. Simpson - Frmr Head of the U.S. Secret Service
  • The Honorable Susan J. Crawford - Chief Justice, U.S. Ct of Appeals for Armed Forces
  • Leonard P. Zakim - NE Anti-Defamation Leag., namesake, Boston bridge

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