New England Law | Boston compared favorably with Georgetown, other leading law schools
National legal publication identifies “schools that offer similar strengths”
(Boston, Revised 1/7/14) New England Law | Boston: If you like Georgetown, consider New England Law | Boston. That’s the advice given to prospective law students across the nation this fall by a major publication focused on legal education.
preLaw magazine’s current Back to School 2013 issue recommends New England Law for “Applicants who are attracted to studying international law but not set on studying in D.C.” The issue’s “How to Choose a Law School” article also lists New England Law as a school worthy of serious consideration, along with many prestigious, highly regarded institutions, for students who plan to concentrate in criminal law, health law, or public interest law.
preLaw and its companion publication, the National Jurist, are read by more than 45,000 prospective law students and reach an estimated 100,000 law students, respectively. New England Law’s offerings were cited by means of selection criteria that took into account the programs and resources of a law school’s academic centers, externship programs, and clinical opportunities.
“We’re proud to be recognized for our exceptional academics, experiential learning opportunities, and engaged and supportive community,” said Dean John F. O’Brien. “Together they make New England Law an outstanding choice.”
New England Law’s reputation in the fields cited by preLaw is supported by an array of strong credentials, which not only attract potential students but also can lead to valuable connections and employment opportunities. A partial listing of these assets include the only specialty journal that specifically addresses civil confinement law; a public interest law fellowship program that builds résumés while helping students become practice-ready; symposia that focus on health law and other contemporary legal topics; and study abroad and international summer programs that immerse students in the study and practice of international legal systems.
The effectiveness of New England Law’s programs is evident in the success of New England Law students taking the Massachusetts bar exam. Among New England Law students taking the exam for the first time this summer, 91.4 passed the test, exceeding the statewide average and ranking closely with the state’s most elite law schools. An average of nine out of every 10 New England Law graduates has passed the bar on the first try over the last five years.
New England Law’s four academic centers include the Center for Business Law, Center for International Law and Policy, Center for Law and Social Responsibility, and the Center for Public Health and Tobacco Policy. Center faculty engineer critical real law, real life connections, enabling professors, researchers, and students to come together and focus their study on the disciplines that most engage them, and direct their work toward the issues in which they most want to invest.
The clinical program at New England Law is a leading model of the integration of legal study and clinical experience. Law students can choose from more than a dozen clinics each semester in a wide range of areas. All of the law school’s clinics have required classroom components and most require a course in a related subject area, which ensures that students are well prepared to make the most of their opportunities in the field.