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Academic Programs at New England Law | Boston

What We Look for in an Applicant

Acceptance to New England Law is competitive. Applicants’ qualifications are assessed by the Admissions Committee, comprised of faculty and members of the Office of Admissions. The committee considers letters of recommendation, students’ achievements, and students’ motivation to study law, as well as undergraduate records, Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) scores, and work experience.

Our Law School Application Deadlines
Law Degree Program
Spring 2017 Admission
Fall 2017 Admission
JD First-Year
(Fall admission only)
March 15, 2017
LLM in American Law (foreign lawyers only)
(Fall admission only)
March 15, 2017
JD Transfer
November 1, 2016
July 1, 2017
Visiting Student
November 1, 2016
July 1, 2017

Completed applications for the fall are reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning in December. Most applicants can expect a decision within four to eight weeks of submission of their completed application.

Law School Application Requirements

Application Form

Please complete and file your law school application by the deadline. It is recommended that you submit your application materials online through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website.

You can apply to more than one division, but be sure to indicate the ones to which you are applying.

We will notify you when your law school application has been received. If applying electronically, the LSAC will send you confirmation that your application has been submitted. Do not send an additional application by mail if you are applying electronically.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $65 must accompany your application.

New England Law will automatically waive the application fee for any applicant who has been granted a LSAC fee waiver. 

Law school application fee waivers are available for eligible students. To be considered for one, please send your full name, undergraduate grade-point average, LSAT score, and LSAC ID number to the Office of Admissions at admit@nesl.edu.

Undergraduate Degree

Before matriculating at New England Law | Boston, an applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited US institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution. New England Law will only accept transcripts submitted through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), a service provided by the LSAC. The CAS analyzes each registrant’s transcript(s), compiles other relevant information about the applicant, and then sends this data to the law schools chosen by the registrant.

Applicants who have not achieved at least a C (2.0) cumulative grade-point average in undergraduate work should not apply.

Please note: Applicants who have received undergraduate degrees outside the United States or Canada must adhere to the transcript requirements under the applicants with foreign undergraduate degrees section.

LSAT

Each applicant must take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) no later than February of the year in which enrollment is sought. The applicant must have taken the LSAT within the past five years. If an applicant repeats the LSAT, the application will be reviewed using the highest score. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may also give weight to all scores the applicant has obtained.

Personal Statement

As part of our law school's admission process, each applicant is required to submit a personal statement. Because the Admissions Committee does not conduct personal interviews, this is the applicant’s opportunity to address committee members. The statement should emphasize the applicant’s background, suitability for admission, or the reasons for undertaking legal studies. Applicants may write about personal characteristics and circumstances; strengths; work experiences; extracurricular activities; ethnic, economic, and educational background; or any other topic that will help the committee evaluate you.

Letters of Recommendation

Each applicant must submit two letters of recommendation, preferably from college professors who can attest to your ability to enter a competitive professional program. If the applicant has been out of school for a considerable period of time, letters from an employer also can be submitted. Applicants may submit more than two letters, although once two letters have been received, the applicant’s file will be sent to the Admissions Committee for review.

Faxed or photocopied recommendation letters are not accepted. There are two options for submitting letters of recommendation:

  1. New England Law recommends that recommendation letters be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Letters submitted through the service are copied and sent to New England Law with a CAS report. (These reports are updated weekly.)
  2. New England Law accepts letters sent directly to the school. The envelope must be sealed with the recommender’s signature over the seal.

TOEFL (if required)

If English is not your first language or if your undergraduate degree was not received from an English-speaking institution, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For more information about the test, call 609-771-7100, or visit www.ets.org/toefl.

You must receive a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the Internet-based test or 250 on the computer-based test. You must then contact the Educational Testing Service to request that your TOEFL score be sent to the LSAC. The LSAC’s TOEFL code for the JD CAS is 8395.

Addendum to Your Application

Law school applicants may include an addendum to discuss items not addressed elsewhere in the application. While not required, it is often helpful to the Admissions Committee for you to provide reasons why your LSAT score(s) or undergraduate grade-point average would or would not be a good predictor of your law school performance. In addition, comparing your SAT and ACT scores with your academic performance in postsecondary school may help the committee evaluate whether your LSAT score is a good predictor of law school performance.

Special Part-Time Program Addendum

The Special Part-Time Program of up to six years is geared toward individuals with child-care responsibilities who are unable to attend law school as a full-time or part-time evening student. This flexible program allows those students to arrange schedules that are more compatible with their child-care responsibilities.

Applicants to the Special Part-Time Program need to submit a statement requesting consideration for special part-time status, stating your circumstances that justify it.

Qualifications for Admissions to the Bar

New England Law | Boston graduates are eligible to take the bar examination in any jurisdiction in the United States. In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every US jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Some jurisdictions require students to register with the state Board of Bar Examiners before or soon after they begin law school. 

Different states test different subjects on their bar examinations. Each student should become familiar with the subjects that will be covered to best prepare for the respective examination.

It is the policy of New England Law | Boston to provide equality of opportunity in legal education for all applicants for admission, enrolled students, and graduates, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, or sexual orientation. The law school complies with all applicable federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws, including Title IX.  Please contact the Director of Student Services at 154 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116 (617-422-7401), with any inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policy.

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