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John F. O'Brien meets with law students
“We are an engaged community of people who believe in the possibilities unleashed by an exceptional legal education.”

Dean John F. O’Brien 

Message from John F. O'Brien

100 years is no small measure of a school …

… and for New England Law | Boston it has been a century of revolution, evolution, and achievement. From our origins as the Portia Law School—the only law school in the United States founded exclusively for women—our commitments to equality and excellence have manifested themselves in a legacy of paving the way. We have forged many a new road, many a gateway, and many a bridge for future law professionals and for the clients they represent.

New England Law has also developed a reputation as a school for people who want to get things done. All those who enter here—students and faculty alike—have come because they believe in the legal system and the impact a thoughtful, well-trained lawyer can have. From advocating for the underrepresented to defining the future of entrepreneurial transactions, we are an engaged community of people who believe in the possibilities unleashed by an exceptional legal education.

As you explore this website, you’ll see New England Law’s commitment to academic excellence in our programs, curriculum, and international study opportunities. In the stories of our graduates and the projects of our three Centers, you’ll understand why New England Law’s experiential learning components are a model for other law schools.

As much as I don’t like taglines, our slogan “Real Law. Real Life.” is more credo than marketing blurb. New England Law turns out exemplary leaders who have a robust foundation in both academics and practice, giving them the confidence to pursue their dreams and the causes that mean the most to them. If you are considering New England Law, keep in mind that this is a school for doers. Take a deep breath before you embark, because it’s truly an enthralling adventure.

Professor John F. O’Brien, ’77, Dean
New England Law | Boston