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.