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New England Law | Boston was founded in the spirit of increasing ethnic and cultural diversity in the legal field. We opened in 1908 as the only law school for women, and we remain committed to law school diversity and improving access to the legal profession. Today, we are about 30 percent students of color, and we offer a wealth of programs to support historically underrepresented and minority law students.

Minority student discusses ethnic and cultural diversity at New England Law | Boston
“Everyone’s there to help each other out in any way possible.” —Katherine Charles, Graduate

Whether it be diversity of racial or ethnic background, socioeconomics, gender, sexual identity, even geography, New England Law is committed to supporting, celebrating, and strengthening the makeup of its student body, faculty, and staff. The following law school diversity programs help us do so.

Charles Hamilton Houston Enrichment Program

The Charles Hamilton Houston Enrichment Program (CHHEP) puts our ideals into action by addressing racial bias, promoting ethnic and cultural law school diversity, and providing a supportive community for students of color.

CHHEP offers discussion groups, community-building activities, a speaker series, and recognition of academic excellence. Co-directed by Professors Caryn Mitchell-Munevar and Natasha Varyani, this program is open to all New England Law students who are interested in issues of race, ethnicity, and inclusion.

First Generation Students Program

Being a first-generation student comes with unique challenges—as a significant number of our law students can attest. That’s why our First Generation Students Program was created: to ensure all New England Law students, regardless of their background, find a welcoming community and the tools to succeed in law school and beyond.

The program includes monthly events featuring tailored advice for first-generation law students, covering topics such as networking, the postgraduate job search, mental health and wellness, and more. Students also have opportunities to meet first-generation lawyers from our alumni community, socialize with fellow first-gen students, and receive one-on-one counseling. Program director Professor Monica Teixeira de Sousa brings to the group her own experiences of growing up in the United States as an immigrant child of parents who placed a high premium on education but did not attend college. 

All New England Law students who are either the first in their family to attend college and/or professional school are eligible and encouraged to join the First Generation Students Program.

Diverse Law Student Organizations

Cultural celebrations, volunteer opportunities, networking mixers: our many cultural and identity law student organizations host such events and more! They include:

  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
  • Black Law Students Association
  • Jewish Law Students Association
  • Latin American Law Students Association
  • Minority Students Association
  • OUTLaws (LGBTQ)
  • Women’s Law Caucus

Ethnic Diversity Events

Our law students have many opportunities to share their unique and diverse perspectives with the New England Law community, from their classmates to alumni across the legal spectrum. Among these events, prospective students are invited to Diversity Day, which introduces students to their future classmates and professors. Once enrolled, students are invited to our Minority Alumni Welcome Reception, held each fall, where they can meet alumni and get law school and career advice.

Career Opportunities for Students of Color

The Career Services Office (CSO) offers a variety of services for students of color, including mentoring, mock interviews, and networking opportunities.

The CSO also connects students with regional and national groups that celebrate and champion diversity. For example, students can participate in events hosted by the Boston Lawyers Group, which is comprised of local firms and corporations that strive to recruit and retain diverse talent.

Michael Curry

If you're looking for a school where professors understand that they have diverse communities coming to learn, and they embrace that, then New England Law is the right place for you.” —Michael Curry, Graduate, Former President, Boston NAACP