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Western New England College (School of Law)




Western New England College offers a full, well-rounded curriculum taught by experts and scholars in their respective fields— faculty who are interested in helping you to learn and understand the law to your fullest ability. Students work with faculty in a close community of learning. Our faculty have an open-door policy and are available for your educational and professional development. We pride ourselves on being a school where you and your fellow students can obtain a fundamental understanding of the philosophy and structure of the law, as well as the practical application of that law to everyday issues you will experience as an attorney. Our first year section size is purposefully among the smallest in the country in order to promote collegiality and effective learning. Our clinics, externships and vast array of skills courses will allow you the opportunity to develop classroom knowledge into genuine professional skills. Your step out of the law school door and into the legal profession will be smooth.

The Law School has been accredited by the ABA since 1974 and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

Western New England College School of Law offers many ways to earn a law degree. In addition to our three-year full-time program, the School of Law also offers four-year part-time evening and part-time day programs.

Western New England College School of Law offers students the opportunity to combine our law degree with three other programs. These programs include the JD/MBA (Masters in Business Administration) with Western New England College, the JD/MRP (Masters in Regional Planning) with the University of Massachusetts, and the JD/MSW (Masters in Social Work) with Springfield College.

Western New England College School of Law affords students the opportunity to merge theory with practice. Students take advantage of clinical coursework, a wide variety of simulation courses, and participation on a number of moot court teams in order to hone their lawyering skills. Our moot court teams have gained national prominence for excellence. Our 2001 ABA Negotiation Team won the National Negotiation Competition against a field of nearly 200 law schools. Our 2002 Negotiation team placed fourth in the National Competition. Our 2000 ABA National Trial Competition Team won the Northeast Regional Competition with 20 teams from 10 law schools competing.

Our 34 full-time faculty members have been educated at the nation’s most prestigious law schools. All have practiced law before joining our faculty and several hold additional graduate degrees in other disciplines. The School of Law also has more than 30 adjunct faculty members who bring their current legal practices into the classroom setting.

The S. Prestley Blake Law Center is a three-story building that houses our extensive law library, faculty offices, administrative and student support service offices, and classrooms wired for laptop use. It also houses our attractive and camera-equipped moot-courtroom. An adjacent building serves as a base for our clinical programs. All our facilities are surrounded by ample free parking. The Law Library contains 384,000 volumes and offers students access to Lexis-Nexis, and Westlaw legal database systems.

To describe the "typical" student at Western New England College School of Law would be almost impossible. The first year class at the School of Law come from over 100 colleges and universities and from 28 States and Canada. Some join us directly from their undergraduate studies; others may have worked a number of years before enrolling. Our students hold a variety of academic degrees, come from a broad range of social and economic backgrounds, and have chosen to pursue a law degree for any number of personal reasons.

Approximately fifty percent of our students are women, and our minority student population continues to grow, now with about fifteen percent students of color in the first year class. While the majority of our students hail from the eastern part of the United States, Western New England College School of Law continues to attract an increasing number of individuals from all parts of the U.S., as well as from other countries. The typical first-year student has also been employed for one or more years between college and enrolling in law school. The majority of part-time students work throughout their Law School careers.

We believe that the broad range of our students' ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and work experiences is what contributes to an exceptionally dynamic and stimulating learning environment from which all can benefit.

The School of Law faculty and administration strive to enroll a diverse class every year. We find that everyone benefits when classrooms are comprised of students of different ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and work experience.The students are serious in their ambition to become lawyers, but they have not lost sight of quality-of-life issues, as evidenced by their voluntary participation in many of the community-serving student organizations supported on campus.



School name:Western New England CollegeSchool of Law
Address:1215 Wilbraham Road
Zip & city:MA 01119-2689 Massachusetts
Phone:800-782-6665
Web:http://www1.law.wnec.edu
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