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The award-winning Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Honors Program at New England Law | Boston provides students with unique academic, advising, and extracurricular opportunities that can enrich their law school experience. Eligible honors students may also receive a full-tuition scholarship—worth more than $147,000 over the course of three years.
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor at New England Law | Boston
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor addresses students during her most recent visit to New England Law

"The Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Honors Program at New England Law celebrates two legal 'firsts,'" said Judith Greenberg, professor of law. "New England Law was founded in 1908 as Portia Law School—the nation's only law school exclusively for women—and Justice O'Connor made history as the first female justice of the United States Supreme Court."

New England Law has been honored to host Justice O'Connor during several visits, and we are thrilled to offer this program in her name.

Honors Program Benefits

Full-tuition scholarship

Incoming law students who show exceptional academic promise may be eligible for the full-tuition Justice Sandra Day O'Connor merit-based scholarship. All students are automatically considered upon admission to the school, without further application. (Also see “Admissions criteria” below.)

This prestigious award covers full tuition for the student's entire law school career—worth more than $147,000 over the course of three years. It also comes with a "no strings attached" policy: as long as the student is enrolled in the JD program at New England Law, the scholarship will renew each year.

Unique academic offerings

The Honors Program is facilitated by a full-time member of the law school faculty who serves as special Honors Program advisor. There is no additional course work, but students may participate in special honors events and other programming (see below).

Upon graduation and successful completion of the Honors Program, members receive an Honors notation on their transcript. This credential can also be a meaningful addition to a résumé.

Related: Honors Program student Anna Madrishin ’20 receives highly coveted Rappaport Fellowship in Law and Public Policy

Special events

The Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Honors Program provides opportunities to participate in discussions led by prominent local practitioners or judges, as well as meetings with faculty members. Examples of past events held for Honors Program students include an academic discussion of John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice led by Professor Emeritus Curt Nyquist, a guest lecture by prominent local attorney Benjamin O. Adeyinka, and an informal end of the year lunch mixer with faculty where the topic of community service and life outside of law school was discussed.

Honors Program students chat with Professor Caryn R. Mitchell-Munevar during a special end-of-year luncheon

Admissions Criteria

Incoming students with exceptional academic promise are considered when they apply to the law school. Admissions criteria for the Justice Sandra Day O'Connor merit-based scholarship vary each year; you can view the most recent entering class statistics for the Honors Program here.

Once enrolled, day or evening students who are in the top 15% of their class (based on cumulative GPA) after the end of the first, second, or third year (third year applicable to evening students only) are eligible to participate in all Honors Program events and activities held the following academic year. They remain eligible as long as they are ranked in the top 15% at the end of each successive academic year.

Although this latter group of students is not eligible for any tuition discount or scholarship, they are able to participate in all Honors Program events and advising. They also receive an Honors notation on their transcript denoting the number of years they were in the program.

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