“A commitment to offering an excellent foundation for a legal career to those who seek opportunity for themselves and are willing to work for it.”
Opportunity for All
New England Law | Boston began in 1908 as Portia Law School, which dared to offer a legal education exclusively to women at a time when most other institutions would not accept them at all. Those women were primarily from working-class and immigrant families and many had only a high school education, since the state did not require a college degree to practice law. For decades, most of the women who passed the Massachusetts bar examination were Portia graduates.
There have been many dramatic changes over the past 100 years, including new and updated physical facilities and a curriculum that has expanded to include global issues. Enrollment has grown from just two women to more than a thousand women and men today, and graduates now receive a Juris Doctor degree. But through it all, the school has stayed true to its core value: a commitment to offering an excellent foundation for a legal career to those who seek opportunity for themselves and are willing to work for it.
–Dean John F. O’Brien