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Fall 2014 Matriculants At-a-Glance

LSAT/UGPA percentiles were calculated by the Law School Admission Council based on matriculant lists provided by New England Law | Boston to the ABA.

Law School Admission Statistics

JD Applicants/Enrollment Statistics
Completed Applications 1807  
Enrolled First Year Students: 265
States Represented:  32
Countries Represented: 7
     Undergraduate Schools Represented:       


Minority Percentage: 28%
Student/Faculty Ratio:


LSAT and GPA Data



                     75th Percentile:                     152 3.43 
Median:   150 3.14 
 25th Percentile:  146 2.85


Full-Time Matriculants

  Completed Applications:  1539
           Enrolled Students/Class Size:               207
Average Age:  25
Age Range: 20-51  
Women: 49%
Out-of-State Percentage: 71%


Part-Time Matriculants

  Completed Applications:  268
           Enrolled Students/Class Size:               58
Average Age:  28
Age Range: 22-51  
Women: 47%
Out-of-State Percentage: 33%


ABA Standard 509 Information Report (Fall 2014)


Entry to New England Law | Boston is competitive and we turn down many applicants. Our procedure for evaluating law school admissions criteria results in acceptance or denial of an applicant only after careful consideration of several factors. Qualifications are assessed by the Admissions Committee, which includes faculty and members of the Office of Admissions.

July 2014 Massachusetts Bar Passage Rate

  • 79.6% for first-time takers

Employment Statistics

Law School Tuition (2015-2016)

Day students (full-time program)

  • 12-15 credits: $45,606 ($22,803 per semester)
  • Additional charge per credit above maximum: $1,900
Evening students (part-time program)
  • 8-12 credits:$34,204 ($17,102 per semester)
  • Additional charge per credit above maximum: $1,900
Special Part-Time Program students:
  • 7 credits or less: $1,900 per credit
  • 8-12 credits: $34,204 ($17,102 per semester)
  • 13-15 credits:  $45,606 ($22,803 per semester)

If a student in the final semester of school must take an additional credit beyond the division maximum in order to meet graduation requirements, the Office of Student Services will determine the charge on a case by case basis depending on the student’s previous semesters’ credit loads. 


  • Founded in 1908 as Portia Law School, the only law school established exclusively for the education of women
  • Coeducational since 1938
  • Renamed New England Law | Boston in 2008
  • With three other independent law schools, New England Law is a founding member of the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education.


Degrees Granted

  • J.D. (Juris Doctor)
  • LL.M. (Master of Laws) in American Law—for foreign lawyers with law degrees from institutions outside the United States who want to increase their knowledge of the American legal system

Divisions Offered

  • Full-time day division – 3 years
  • Part-time evening division – 4 years
  • Part-time day division – 4 years
  • Special part-time division – up to 6 years (strictly for parents with primary or sole child-rearing responsibilities)

Financial Aid (financial aid is awarded by the law school on an annual basis)

  • Receiving federal loans/private loan aid:
    • Full Time Students: 76%
    • Part Time Students: 65%
  • Receiving Grants and Scholarships:
    • Full Time Students: 64%
    • Part Time Students: 83%

Academic Centers

  • The Center for Business Law
  • The Center for International Law and Policy
  • The Center for Law and Social Responsibility

Scholarly Journals

  • New England Law Review
  • New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement

Clinical Programs and Externships

  • Administrative Law
  • Business Law Practice Credit
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Federal Courts
  • Government Lawyer
  • Health Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International Externships
  • Judicial Internships
  • Land Use Law
  • Lawyering Process
  • Massachusetts Practice
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • Public Interest Law
  • Tax Law

Advocacy Teams

  • ABA Client Counseling Competition
  • Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
  • Giles Southerland Intellectual Property Competition
  • National Environmental Moot Court Competition
  • National Tax Moot Court Competition
  • National Child Welfare Moot Court Competition
  • National Mock Trial Competition
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Student Organizations

New England Law is home to dozens of student organizations.

Special Programs

  • Charles Hamilton Houston Enrichment Program (CHHEP)
  • Clinical Programs (see above)

Examples of Volunteer Opportunities

  • New England Innocence Project (NEIP)
  • Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, Inc. (SLJ)
  • Friends of CASA, Inc.
  • Shelter Legal Services Foundation, Inc.

Law Library

  • 320,000 bound volumes
  • New England Law has more hours of reference service than any local law school
  • Approximately 40 Windows XP workstations
  • 17 laptops (both PC and Mac Powerbooks) circulate for three hour periods, for in-library use