Reasons Students Choose Western New England University School of Law
The First Step to Your Future
Rewarding. Noble. Exhilarating. These are some of the words used to describe a career in the law. Fully accredited by the ABA, Western New England University provides students with the theoretical background and practical lawyering skills they need to be successful professionals.
A Collegial Atmosphere
You’re not just a number at Western New England University School of Law. Our first-year law sections are some of the smallest in the nation, giving students an opportunity to get to know professors on an individual basis. With our open door policy, faculty members are available for one-to-one assistance on topics discussed in class or to offer career advice.
Western New England University is committed to making our high quality legal education affordable for all students. Each year, numerous partial- and full-tuition scholarships are awarded to incoming students and approximately 75 percent of admitted applicants are offered scholarship support.
Attending the only Massachusetts law school outside of the greater Boston area, our students have access to over 100 externship opportunities in state and federal courthouses, federal and state agencies, law firms, and major corporations. Geographically, Western New England University is the perfect place to live, work, or play in New England. With easy access to Boston, New York City, and the Northeast, the Pioneer Valley is affordable and accessible without the high costs associated with living in a large metropolitan area.
Focus Your Education in a Concentration Program
Concentrations build upon and complement the Law School's standard curriculum. Interested students are encouraged to confer early in their legal education with the faculty chair of a given concentration to discuss their intended course of study and how a concentration could enhance their career development. Second and third year students can choose to focus their studies in the areas of business law, criminal law, estate planning, gender and sexuality studies, international and comparative law, public interest, or real estate. The creation of these concentrations expands and strengthens Western New England University's longstanding commitment to practical lawyering.
Practical Experience Through Clinical Opportunities
With clinics focusing on criminal law, legal services, real estate, and small business development, students have the opportunity to gain experience working on real cases and with real clients. Under the supervision of a faculty member or practicing attorney, upper-level students do everything from prosecuting cases for the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office to setting up an LLC for a local small business.
Western New England University has built a well-renowned reputation for excellence in inter-law school moot court competitions. In 2015, for example, our ABA Tax Challenge team was on of ten selected to compete in the national cometition in Houston. In addition, our Transactional Law Meet team (which is like a moot court for deal lawyers) were semi-finalists in the New England Regionals held at Boston College Law School. Our team was representing the seller in a M&A transaction between two closely held concerns. The field for the New England Regional included a wide range of teams, some from the Midwest, including Cornell, Northwestern, Boston University, Boston College, Cardozo, Brooklyn, Drexel, New York Law School, Ohio State, Villanova and Widener. The Western New England team placed second on the seller's side. Thios was the second year in a row the WNEU team was a semi-finalist. At the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition held at Pace Law School, WNEU advocates were recognized as "Best Oralist" in the first three rounds.
Strong Alumni Base
We are proud of our nearly 8,000 distinguished alumni who live and work in almost all 50 states (North dakota excepted) and in many countries around the world. Many alumni remain connected to Western New England University and offer their expertise to current students as mentors and advisors, helping students gain practical experience and networking with potential employers.