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Get to know Boston—a city full of opportunity, potential, and fun! 

Life in Boston for law students.
New England Law's neighborhood includes Bostons magnificent Public Garden.

Consistently ranked one of the best cities in the country for law students and young lawyers by National Jurist, Boston offers a great quality of life, plentiful job opportunities, competitive salaries, a booming law industry, and much more. And New England Law | Boston is in the heart of it all.  

Our convenient downtown location in Boston’s vibrant Theater District offers a wealth of options for work and play. Want a better idea of what your life in Boston would be like? Just keep reading. (Or come visit and see for yourself!)

Employment and Internship Opportunities

With state and federal courts, government agencies, Fortune 500 businesses, and countless law firms and nonprofits, Boston is the perfect city to launch your legal career. Here, New England Law students take full advantage through internships, clerkships, and full-time employment upon graduation.

Some of the institutions hiring law students within walking distance of New England Law include:

  • Attorney General’s Office
  • Boston City Hall
  • District Attorney’s Office
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Suffolk County Court
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court

We are also blocks from Boston’s Financial District, home to many of the law firms that hire our students. Nearby public transportation connects you to many other employment opportunities.

FACT: 84% of the Class of 2017 took at least one clinic/externship (full-time students). 33% took two or more!

Going Out and Having Fun 

Boston is one of the most student-friendly cities in the country. More than 250,000 students from across the country—and all over the world—flock to the city each year. So there are plenty of things to do on weekends and during your time off from law school.

Boston has everything you’d expect from a world-class city: Champion sports teams. Magnificent museums and libraries. Famous concert venues. Theater, ballet, and opera companies. Scenic biking and walking trails. Designer shopping. And restaurants for every taste (and budget!).

But here are a few things you might not expect from your life in Boston—and some of our favorites at New England Law:

  • Ice-skating on the famous Frog Pond
  • Sitting in the courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (and speculating about where the stolen paintings are!)
  • Cheering at the Head of the Charles Regatta
  • Whispering in the Mapparium
  • People-watching on the Esplanade
  • Dancing to the street bands during HONK!
  • Checking out "America's Oldest Car Collection" at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum
  • Grabbing student rush tickets throughout the Theater District
  • Relaxing in Boston Public Garden or Boston Common between classes

And much more. Just take a look at our list of 101 Things to Do in Boston Before You Graduate!

Plus, when you want to get out of the city, you’ll find beautiful beaches and mountains with hiking and skiing just one to two hours away.

Student Housing

Boston is a fantastic place to live, with vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, ample public transportation, and lots of student-centric areas. Housing options range from modern apartments to quaint 19th-century brownstone buildings and everything in between.

While New England Law doesn’t offer student housing (most graduate schools in Boston don’t), our law students have many choices within the city and its suburbs. When you’re ready to start your student life in Boston, our staff is here to help you in any way they can. We also offer apartment listings and roommate-matching services exclusively for admitted New England Law students.

If you are interested in advertising a rental listing or room occupancy on New England Law’s list of available rentals for incoming law students, please complete and submit the Apartment Listing Form for Landlords.

Getting Around Boston

New England Law’s downtown location means you have many public transportation options just minutes away, which makes getting around Boston quick and easy.

Boston’s public transit system, the MBTA (commonly referred to as the “T”), features subways/light rail, commuter trains, busses, and ferries. For students and professionals alike, the T is the most common means of transportation for much of the city and surrounding areas.

Some of the most convenient stations for New England Law students include:

  • MBTA Green subway line via the Arlington and Boylston stations
  • MBTA Orange subway line via the Tufts Medical Center, Back Bay, or Chinatown stations
  • MBTA Commuter Rail via Back Bay station and South Station
  • MBTA Silver bus line via the Tufts Medical Center, Chinatown, or Boylston stations

You can learn more about Boston’s public transportation system here.

But as convenient as the T is, you’ll quickly learn that Boston is an incredibly walkable and bikeable city too. You can often get between neighborhoods in 10 to 15 minutes.

Ready for the next step? The best way to learn about life as a law student in Boston is to visit!