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Our academic program provides opportunity for in-depth study in many areas, including business, criminal, international, family, real estate, and tax law, among others. Concentrations are offered in Immigration Law and Intellectual Property Law, and a Compliance focus guides study in the fast-growing field of corporate and industry compliance.

Professor explains JD law degree curriculum to a law student.

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.

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.