Full- and Part-time Programs

Degree Options

law_acad_programsjpgTo accommodate our students’ needs, Western New England University School of Law offers six programs leading to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) 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 J.D. 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 classes provide opportunity for students to know each other and their professors.

Part-Time J.D. 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 6:30 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 J.D. 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

law_acad_programs2jpgJ.D./M.B.A. 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 M.B.A. program is presented in an optional online/on-campus format. Those interested in this program must apply to each program separately. You may contact the College of Business at 413-782-1231 or on the web by clicking here.

J.D./M.S.A. 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 M.S.A. program is presented in a hybrid online/on-campus format. Those interested in this program must apply to each program separately. For more information about the M.S.A., contact the School of Business at 413.782.1231 or on the web by clicking here.

Full-time J.D./M.R.P. 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. You can reach the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at 413-545-2255 or on the web by clicking here.

Full-time J.D./M.S.W. 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 J.D./M.S.W. 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. You can reach the Springfield College School of Social Work at 413-748-3060 or on the web by clicking here.

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