Life in the Pioneer Valley

law_springfield The Crossroads of New England

Situated at “The Crossroads of New England,” the Pioneer Valley is a place where you will readily make connections—with your classmates and faculty, with alumni and other members of the bench and bar, and with the residents of this culturally diverse area.

It is a place where you will be recognized as an individual, yet welcomed as an important member of the community.

Home to 32 colleges and universities, the Connecticut River Valley is know as New England’s “Knowledge Corridor.” From Williamstown, MA, in the north to Hartford, CT, in the south, these vibrant academic communities infuse the region with a well-rounded, highly educated workforce.

Springfield itself is a rich tapestry of cultures. Founded in 1636, it is home to 153,500 residents who honor and celebrate their heritage through ethnic markets, restaurants, and annual celebrations. People of African American or African Caribbean descent comprise 21 percent of its residents, while another 27 percent are of Latino descent.  Click here to see a short video providing an overview of what Springfield has to offer.

Spend Downtime in Downtown

When it’s time to relax, students often gather in the “Club Quarter” of downtown Springfield or the thriving cultural centers of nearby Northampton and Amherst. Live jazz, blues, and rock can be enjoyed at the outdoor restaurants and clubs throughout the Pioneer Valley’s entertainment districts. Other area attractions include the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, The Bushnell, Six Flags New England, the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds, and the MassMutual Center, home ice of the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League. The Pioneer Valley celebrates the arts with a symphony, theaters, musical performance halls, art galleries, and numerous museums, including the Dr. Seuss National Memorial.

A “Livable” Cost of Living

Western New England University School of Law offers a high quality education in a culturally rich setting without the high cost of living associated with larger metropolitan areas.


Affordable Housing

Western New England University School of Law is pleased to offer campus housing, located within walking distance of the Blake Law Center. There are a variety of options available including ranch style houses for three residents and one, two, and three bedroom apartments.

All campus housing options are furnished and include cable television, Internet, phone, heat, and electricity. Laundry facilities are also available for no additional cost.

For those students who are unfamiliar with the Springfield area or who wish to live in close proximity to the Blake Law Center, our campus housing accommodations are a perfect alternative.

For more information, visit Campus Housing.

The Pioneer Valley also presents a wide assortment of affordable, convenient housing options for students. Rental opportunities range from apartment complexes in downtown Springfield; Victorian homes in the city’s residential neighborhoods; garden apartments in adjoining suburbs; small houses in rural areas; and apartments in Northampton, the area’s eclectic and hip college town. Rentals in the Springfield area generally range from $500 to $900 per month.

An Ideal Central Location

Springfield’s location at the intersection of Interstate 91 and Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike) makes it an excellent starting point for job prospecting in New York City, Boston, Hartford, Albany, or Providence or for recreational trips to the Berkshires, Cape Cod, or Vermont. The city is served by Amtrak, Bradley International Airport, and frequent bus service.

The School’s location places students in the midst of an active court system and legal community. State and federal courthouses; offices of the Attorney General, District Attorney, and Public Defender; and many small and medium-sized law firms in the Springfield/Hartford region represent opportunities for externships and full- and part-time employment. Many graduates are also employed at major corporations and nonprofits. MassMutual Financial Group is headquartered in the region, as are Baystate Medical Center, Smith & Wesson, and Hasbro. Major northern Connecticut employers include LEGO, United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney, Travelers, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Ind., and other insurance carriers located in Hartford, “the insurance capital of the world.”


Below are some helpful links to give you more information about the Pioneer Valley

Springfield Republican
The Pioneer Valley


Six Flags
Dr. Seuss National Memorial
The Zoo
Basketball Hall of Fame
Eastern States Exposition



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Admissions: 413-782-1406 or 800-782-6665