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JD Program

The School of Law has announced a Four-year Tuition Freeze for the 2014-2015 academic year and continuing through the 2017-2018 academic year to keep our high quality, private legal education affordable for students. 

Our goal is straightforward: to prepare you for the successful practice of law. This includes traditional instruction in substantive law as well as the rigorous development of your analytical abilities. It is equally important to provide you with the opportunity to develop the skills lawyers use and apply them in a professional context.

The Path for You

Western New England University School of Law offers numerous paths to reach your educational goals. You can finish your JD in three years by studying in our full-time program. Our four-year part-time programs provide a convenient alternative if you are unable to attend during the day or cannot commit to a full-time day schedule. You can even combine your JD with an MBA, MSA, MRP, or MSW through our combined degree programs.

Degree Options

Western New England University School of Law offers six programs leading to the Juris Doctor (JD) degree: a full-time, two part-time, and three combined degree programs. Full-time faculty members teach all required day and evening courses, ensuring consistency in teaching excellence and academic rigor across all programs.

Full-Time JD Program
The three-year, full-time program offers all required courses during the day, five days a week. Students complete the required portion of the curriculum in one and one-half years, using the remaining time to pursue specific areas of interest through elective courses. Because of our small size, first-year students find they really get to know their professors and their classmates.law_jd_programjpg

Part-Time JD Evening Program
The part-time evening program offers all required and elective courses during evening hours. Evening classes for first year students are held Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 6:00 to 9:15 p.m. An additional two hours per week is necessary in the first year to fulfill the Legal Research and Writing requirement. Students can complete the program in four years by taking elective courses during two summer terms. Alternatively, students may elect to complete the program in four and one-half years, without taking summer classes.

Part-Time JD Day Program
The part-time day program is designed for students who, for personal or professional reasons, can neither attend law school full-time nor during evening hours. Part-time day students attend classes with full-time students five days per week. Many part-time day students transfer to the full-tme program after successfully completing the first year and are then able to graduate in three years. Students may complete the program in four years by taking elective courses during two summer terms. Alternatively, students may elect to complete the program in four and one-half years, without taking summer classes. Enrollment is limited and contingent upon availability in the full-time class.

Combined Degree Programs

JD/MBA Combined Degree Program
Students may simultaneously complete the requirements for a Juris Doctor from Western New England University School of Law and a Master of Business Administration from the AACSB International accredited Western New England University College of Business. The MBA program is presented in an optional online/on-campus format. Those interested in this program must apply to each program separately. 
Visit the College of Business website or call 413-782-1231 for details.

JD/MSA Combined Degree Program
Students may simultaneously complete the requirements for a Juris Doctor from the School of Law and a Master of Science in Accounting from the AACSB International accredited Western New England College College of Business. The MSA program is presented in a hybrid online/on-campus format. Those interested in this program must apply to each program separately. Visit the College of Business website or call 413-782-1231 for details.

Full-time JD/MRP Combined Degree Program
Students may simultaneously complete the requirements for a Juris Doctor degree from Western New England University School of Law and a Masters degree in Regional Planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in four academic years. The curriculum integrates studies of the physical, environmental, social, cultural, economic, legal, and political facets of planning at all scales: urban, suburban, and rural. Those interested in this program must apply to each program separately. Visit the Department of Landscape Architectire and Regional Planning website or call 413-545-2255 for details. 

Full-time JD/MSW Combined Degree Program
Students may simultaneously complete the requirements for a Juris Doctor from Western New England University School of Law and a Master of Social Work from the Springfield College School of Social Work in four academic years. The JD/MSW may be especially useful in such practice areas as representing the disabled, child welfare, family law, juvenile justice, mental health, social welfare policy, domestic violence, law enforcement, human rights, and legal aid services. Those interested in this program must apply to each program separately. Visit the Springfield College School of Social Work website or call  413-748-3060 for details.

 

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