Please complete and file your law school application by the given deadline. You can submit your application materials online through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) website.
You will be given the opportunity to indicate which JD program(s) you are applying to.
We will notify you when your law school application has been received. LSAC will also send you confirmation that your application has been submitted.
Before matriculating at New England Law | Boston, an applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited US institution or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution. New England Law will only accept transcripts submitted through the Credential Assembly Service (CAS), a service provided by the LSAC. The CAS analyzes each registrant’s transcript(s), compiles other relevant information about the applicant, and then sends this data to the law schools chosen by the registrant.
Please note: Applicants who have received undergraduate degrees outside the United States or Canada must adhere to the transcript requirements under the applicants with foreign undergraduate degrees section.
Each applicant must take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) no later than March of the year in which enrollment is sought. Because March LSAT scores will be released after the application deadline, applicants taking the March LSAT should submit their application and all required materials prior to the application deadline.
The applicant must have taken the LSAT within the past five years. If an applicant repeats the LSAT, the application will be reviewed using the highest score. In some cases, the Admissions Committee may also give weight to all scores the applicant has obtained.
As part of our law school's admission process, each applicant is required to submit a personal statement. Because the Admissions Committee does not conduct personal interviews, this is the applicant’s opportunity to address committee members. The statement should emphasize the applicant’s background, suitability for admission, or the reasons for undertaking legal studies. Applicants may write about personal characteristics and circumstances; strengths; work experiences; extracurricular activities; ethnic, economic, and educational background; or any other topic that will help the committee evaluate you.
Letters of Recommendation
Each applicant must submit two letters of recommendation, preferably from college professors who can attest to your ability to enter a competitive professional program. If the applicant has been out of school for a considerable period of time, letters from an employer also can be submitted. Applicants may submit more than two letters, although once two letters have been received, the applicant’s file will be sent to the Admissions Committee for review.
Faxed or photocopied recommendation letters are not accepted. There are two options for submitting letters of recommendation:
- New England Law recommends that recommendation letters be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Letters submitted through the service are copied and sent to New England Law with a CAS report. (These reports are updated weekly.)
- New England Law accepts letters sent directly to the school. The envelope must be sealed with the recommender’s signature over the seal.
TOEFL/IELTS (if required)
If English is not your first language or if your undergraduate degree was not received from an English-speaking institution, you must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and receive a minimum score of 100 on the Internet-based test or 250 on the computer-based test for TOEFL or a minimum score of 7.0 for IELTS.
You must contact the Educational Testing Service to request that your TOEFL score be sent to the LSAC. The LSAC’s TOEFL code for the JD CAS is 8395. You'll find more details on the LSAC website.
Candidates who receive a score below the required minimum on all English proficiency exams are still encouraged to apply to the program because we use a holistic approach when reviewing applications.
Addendum to Your Application
Law school applicants may include an addendum to discuss items not addressed elsewhere in the application. While not required, it is often helpful to the Admissions Committee for you to provide reasons why your LSAT score(s) or undergraduate grade-point average would or would not be a good predictor of your law school performance. In addition, comparing your SAT and ACT scores with your academic performance in postsecondary school may help the committee evaluate whether your LSAT score is a good predictor of law school performance.
Program for Parents and Caregivers Addendum
The Part-Time JD Program for Parents and Caregivers of up to six years is geared toward individuals with family-care responsibilities who are unable to attend law school as a full-time or part-time evening student. This flexible program allows those students to arrange schedules that are more compatible with their family responsibilities.
Applicants to the Program for Parents and Caregivers need to submit a statement requesting consideration for special part-time status, stating your circumstances that justify it. Approval to participate in this program is at the discretion of the Office of the Dean.
Qualifications for Admissions to the Bar
New England Law | Boston graduates are eligible to take the bar examination in any jurisdiction in the United States. In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every US jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Some jurisdictions require students to register with the state Board of Bar Examiners before or soon after they begin law school.
Different states test different subjects on their bar examinations. Each student should become familiar with the subjects that will be covered to best prepare for the respective examination.