New England Law School Curriculum
Electives make up half of a student’s course load, providing plenty of freedom to choose. The breadth of doctor of law curriculum offerings, with more than 100 electives, enables students to explore, experiment, and familiarize themselves with different areas of interest. In their last two years of law school, students also can choose from an extensive array of legal clinics, working with real clients and attorneys, and simulation courses that encourage hands-on learning.
Institutional Learning Outcomes and Competencies
Upon graduation, a student will:
- Demonstrate core knowledge sufficient for entry into the legal profession.
- Be able to engage in legal analysis, research law, apply law to resolve problems, and effectively communicate both orally and in writing.
- Understand professional and ethical responsibilities to clients and the legal system, including an appreciation for the power of the law and legal professionals to affect the lives and well-being of individuals and communities.
- Demonstrate other professional skills needed for competent and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.
Required Courses and Legal Clinics
Required courses in the JD degree curriculum are the foundation for more advanced legal study in the second year and beyond. Our law degree curriculum provides the basis for the contemporary practice of law.
New England Law students begin taking legal clinics as early as the start of their second year. Clinics help students find areas of the law that are of the greatest interest and help to build expertise in these areas. Clinical work also elevates a student’s résumé and enhances readiness for the bar exam.
Summer study abroad and semester abroad programs, as well as visiting-in study at other law schools, is available through New England Law's partnership in the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education, a group of four independent law schools from across the country. Through these programs and a wide variety of externships available to New England Law students, the legal curriculum includes opportunities for summer, semester, or year-long study at member institutions in the United States and abroad.