Law School Application Process for Full-time and Part-Time Programs
Thank you for choosing New England Law | Boston as a top choice for your studies. If you are planning on applying this year, we urge you to submit your application as early as possible in the application period.
To learn more about our admissions requirements and application deadlines, we invite you to request a viewbook and schedule a visit to meet our faculty, staff, students, and law school admissions staff. Please contact our Admissions Office for additional information and to apply now.
We will make every effort to notify law admissions applicants of missing application documents. However, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the Office of Admissions receives all necessary law school application materials. Once a file is complete, you will be notified.
Completed law school applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in December. Most applicants can expect a decision on their application status within four to eight weeks after their file is complete. Other than certain upper-class transfer/visiting applicants, all students must begin their legal studies in the fall semester.
Law School Application Requirements
A complete application file consists of:
- Application form
- $65 application fee for each division
- CAS report (including transcript)
- LSAT Scores
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- TOEFL (If English is not your first language or your undergraduate degree was not received from an English-speaking institution.)
Please complete and file your application form by the application deadline. The priority application deadline is March 15, 2016, the extended deadline is July 31, 2016. Submit this form, which may be found on this website, either electronically or by printing and mailing it to New England Law.
You may also download an application from the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website.
You can apply to more than one program, but be sure to indicate to which division(s) you are applying.
We will notify you when your application has been received. If applying electronically, LSAC will send you confirmation that your application has been submitted. Do not send an additional application by mail if you are applying electronically.
Applicants may apply to more than one division, but the application must specify to which division or divisions the applicant is applying. Separate application fees are required for each division. A non-refundable application fee of $65 must accompany each application. If an applicant is submitting an application electronically, the fee must be paid by credit card through LSAC. New England Law will automatically waive the application fee for any applicant who has been granted an LSAC fee waiver. If applying by mail the applicant must send a check or money order made payable to New England Law | Boston. This fee is for processing only and is not credited toward the tuition of an accepted student. New England Law will return unsigned applications and applications submitted without the application fee.
Before matriculating at New England Law | Boston, an applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. 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 LSAC. The CAS analyzes each registrant's transcript(s), compiles other relevant information on the applicant, and then sends this data to the law schools chosen by the registrant.
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.
Each applicant must take the LSAC-administered Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), no later than February of the year in which enrollment is sought. (A June 2016 test score will be considered on a case by case basis.) The applicant must have taken the LSAT within the past five years. If an applicant repeats the LSAT, his or her application will be reviewed using the highest score. In some cases, the committee may also give weight to all scores the applicant has obtained.
Each applicant must submit a personal statement as part of the law school admissions process. Because the Admissions Committee does not conduct personal interviews, this law school requirement is the applicant's opportunity to address committee members directly. The statement should emphasize a particular aspect of your background, suitability for admission, or the basis of your interest in legal studies. Applicants may address personal characteristics and circumstances, strengths, work experiences, extracurricular activities, and/or your 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 some time, letters from an employer can also be submitted. Applicants may submit more than two letters, although once two letters have been received completed files will be forwarded to the committee.
Faxed or photocopied recommendation letters are not accepted. There are two options for submitting letters of recommendation:
- New England Law | Boston recommends that your 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).
- New England Law accepts letters submitted directly to the school. The envelope must be sealed with the recommender's signature over the seal.
Law school applicants may include an addendum as needed to include items not addressed elsewhere in the application. While not required, it is often helpful to the Admissions Committee to state any reasons why an applicant believes his or her LSAT score(s) or undergraduate grade point average would or would not be a good predictor of the applicant's law school performance. In addition, comparing your SAT and ACT score(s) with your postsecondary school academic performance may help the Admissions Committee evaluate the predictive value of the applicant's LSAT.
Board of Bar Examiners
Many states require that law school applicants file with the Board of Bar Examiners before the commencement of their legal studies. You are advised to contact the Board of Bar Examiners in the jurisdiction(s) in which you intend to practice to learn whether such a requirement exists.
Qualifications for Admission 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 U.S. 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 so he or she can best prepare for them.