“Most people know who you are, and professors are willing to help you, not only in the classroom, but outside the classroom as well.” —Lauren Orlowski ’17
At New England Law | Boston, the second and third years of law school are the time to boost your legal skills, and start focusing on particular areas of the law that interest you.
Explore Your Interests
Once you understand the basics of the law, your next step is to become familiar with different areas of the law. You can choose from more than 100 electives, which include clinics and courses that simulate a practice environment.
If you decide to focus on a specific practice area, our online program, Pathways to the Profession, provides advice on choosing courses and clinics in 15 popular legal fields. Concentrations are also offered in Immigration Law and in Intellectual Property (IP) Law, and New England Law is one of the first law schools to provide a focus on the new specialty of compliance law, critical to specialties in privacy, finance, health, and many additional fields.
Gain Practical Experience
At New England Law, you will learn the practice of law as you are learning about the law. Students are encouraged to begin taking clinics as early as the beginning of their second year in law school. Furthermore, we are one of the few law schools in the country that guarantees interested students at least one clinical or externship experience, and, having taken one, many students decide to take more.
Many students gain additional practical experience through our internship programs and academic centers. The Judicial Internship Program allows students to work with either federal or state judges. Our three academic centers, which address emerging needs in business, international, and public service law, also offer research, outreach, and pro bono opportunities.
Demonstrate Your Potential
Test what you’ve learned in the classroom by participating on a moot court or mock trial team, writing for the New England Law Review, and engaging in the many other activities offered. These provide opportunities to sharpen your skills and allow you to showcase them in front of potential employers. Working as a staff member on the Law Review, our student-run journal, will help establish you as a thought leader in your field as well.
Benefit from Mentorship
The Bridge to Success Mentor Program pairs you with a New England Law graduate who will share your legal interests and have experience in the field that interests you. You and your mentor will meet regularly, so your mentor can answer questions and provide “behind the scenes” views of daily work in your chosen area.
Prepare to Pass the Bar
Our comprehensive Bar Examination Preparation Program includes an Advanced Legal Analysis course in the last semester of law school. It also offers review lectures, practice essays, and individual and small-group tutoring throughout your final spring semester and the summer before the bar, all at no extra cost.