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New England School of Law




Located in downtown Boston, New England School of Law is an educational community characterized by substantive instruction with a strong foundation in ethics. The school's highly qualified and accessible faculty are committed to both teaching and scholarship. The academic program emphasizes extensive preparation in practical skills, including instruction in legal writing and clinical work. Founded in 1908 as Portia Law School, the only law school established exclusively for the education of women, New England School of Law has been coeducational since 1938. It was renamed New England School of Law in 1969.

New England School of Law is ABA accredited and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. With three other independent law schools, New England is also a founding member of the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education.

- Our student body is 55 percent women and 13 percent people of color; 65 percent of our full-time students come from outside Massachusetts.
- Our students come from 42 states, 8 countries and territories, and 364 undergraduate institutions.
- Our 17 clinics offer opportunities for practical legal experience in varied fields; each clinic has a required classroom component.
- We have three academic centers that coordinate faculty and student projects and scholarship: the Center for International Law and Policy, the Center for Law and Social Responsibility, and the Center for Business Law.
- We offer study abroad programs in Galway, Ireland; London; Malta; Prague; and San Diego/Mexico/Toronto (on NAFTA), as well as semester abroad programs at the University of Paris X-Nanterre and in The Netherlands and Denmark.

New England School of Law is committed to excellence in teaching. Students, visiting professors, and other members of the legal education community regularly praise the quality of teaching.

New England faculty members are readily available to students during flexible office hours and by telephone and e-mail. Students approach faculty members to discuss course work and career advice. Faculty members are involved in student activities such as moot court, student publications, and other law-related activities, and students participate as voting members on faculty committees that deal with a variety of aspects of school life. Over the course of their stay at New England, many students develop friendships and mentoring relationships with individual faculty members.
The full-time faculty of 36 includes two African-Americans, one Asian American, and 12 women.

New England's full-time faculty members are top graduates of fine law schools in the United States and abroad. Many hold advanced degrees either in law or other fields, in addition to their juris doctor degrees. Most have practiced law in the fields in which they now teach, and many have served as judicial clerks (including four as Federal Court of Appeals clerks) before beginning their teaching careers. New England also attracts excellent adjunct faculty members from the judiciary, law practice, and government to teach advanced courses in their areas of expertise. Adjunct faculty bring to the classroom their first-hand knowledge of how the law is being applied in the world of practice.

New England School of Law has three programs designed to suit a range of student needs:

1. A three year, Full-time Program offered during the day;
2. A four-year, part-time program in which students can take classes during the day or evening; and
3. The Special Part-time Program, designed to accommodate students with childcare responsibilities. Each student works with the faculty coordinator to develop a schedule of day and evening courses that accommodates the student's childcare situation. Courses must be completed within six years.
Students may apply to one or more programs.

The curriculum at New England School of Law is demanding and challenging. Nearly 150 courses are offered in various areas of the law. Students must complete 84 credit-hours to graduate. The law school's well-established clinical program offers 18 clinics in areas such as domestic violence, environmental law, family law, federal courts, health and hospital law, immigration law, and mediation. All clinics are closely tied to the curriculum, with required courses in related subjects.

New England graduates work in a wide range of jobs -- in large and small firms, corporations in all fields of business, and government and public interest agencies. Alumni are located in almost every state in the nation and several countries overseas.

New England's Career Services staff will work vigorously to help you find opportunities during each of your years at New England and are available to assist you after graduation. The Career Services staff provides individual counseling, job-search advice, networking information, programs on job-hunting issues, and connections to alumni in various fields across the country. New England sponsors an on-campus recruiting program and a biannual Alumni Career Forum and additionally participates in local and national job fairs.

New England has introduced videoconferencing to enable employers in other areas of the country to conduct on-campus interviews from their own offices. This technology will allow personal interviews between students and employers without either one needing to undertake time-consuming and extensive travel.

The law school's five-story main building is located at 154 Stuart Street in Boston's theater district, within walking distance of courthouses, federal and state offices, and law offices.
The facility includes lecture halls, several of which are hardwired for Internet access and feature presentation technology; seminar rooms; faculty offices; a student lounge; a moot courtroom; and the law library. Wireless technology throughout the law school allows Internet access from anywhere in the building.

The library collection contains approximately 335,000 volumes and volume equivalents, an audio and video collection, microform materials, CD-ROM titles with multiple legal databases, and several online research services. Seating is available for 364 students in carrels and study areas, some of which are private collaboration rooms suitable for student meetings and cooperative learning. More than 120 computer work stations and laptops are available for student use.

Offices for the school's administrative departments, clinical law office, and student publications are located in a two-story building in a residential neighborhood, about three blocks from the main building. The law school recently acquired an additional building adjacent to the main facility for future expansion.



School name:New England School of Law
Address:154 Stuart Street
Zip & city:MA 02116 Massachusetts
Phone:617-451-0010
Web:http://www.nesl.edu
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