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. 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. You can even enhance your JD with an MBA, MSA, MRP, or MSW through our 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 electives.
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 or four and one-half years with no 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-time program after successfully completing the first year to graduate in three years. Students may complete the program in four years by taking elective courses during two summer terms or four and one-half years with no summer classes. Enrollment is limited and contingent upon availability in the full-time class.
Combined Degree Programs
Become more marketable by adding a second advanced degree to your JD. Through our combined degree programs, your academic credentials will distinguish your résumé and with skills and expertise that prospective employers seek out.
JD/MBA (College of Business)
JD/MSW (Springfield College)
JD/MSOL (College of Business)
JD/MRP (UMass Amherst)
JD/MSA (College of Business)
JD/MSEM (College of Engineering)
The 3+3 Law Program allows qualified students to save tuition costs by completing a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six years instead of seven. Through an arrangement with the Western New England University School of Law, the 3+3 Law Program allows students to begin their first year of law school during their fourth year of undergraduate study. All credits apply to the bachelor's degree. For further details and requirements, visit the 3+3 Law webpage.
Similar 3+3 Law Programs are established between Western New England University School of Law and:
University of Saint Joseph Connecticut
Southern New Hampshire University
Anna Maria College
The College of St. Rose
Bay Path University (3+4 Program)
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