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Required Courses

You start your studies at New England Law | Boston with required courses, after which you may pursue your own interests by taking law school electives.

Many of the required courses are in substantive areas of the law that serve as a foundation for more advanced legal studies. 

  • Civil Procedure
  • Contracts
  • Torts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Property
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure I
  • Evidence

The other required law school courses give you you grounding in subjects that are becoming increasingly important in the modern practice of law. 

Legal Research and Writing I and II

This law school course provides an introduction to legal analysis and legal writing. It is taught by adjunct legal writing faculty under the direction and supervision of a full-time faculty member. Students compose a variety of legal documents, receive instruction in legal research and legal ethics, and participate in a moot court project for which they prepare and argue a case before a panel of judges. This is the first of many opportunities at New England Law to use and refine legal writing skills. 

Law and Ethics of Lawyering

This course focuses on a lawyer's ethical responsibilities and the profession's oversight of lawyers' behavior. Because ethical issues cannot be separated from the practice or study of law, the consideration of these issues is a thread that weaves throughout all courses at New England Law.

Applied Legal Reasoning

This course, for students in their last year, familiarizes students with some of the most heavily tested concepts on the bar exam and reinforces critical test-taking skills. It focuses on sharpening essay writing and multiple-choice test taking skills, with a heavy emphasis on formative assessment and individualized feedback. It culminates in a simulated exam, allowing students to demonstrate their understanding of the substantive law and mastery of the skills required to succeed on the bar exam. This course is required for students who in their first year of law school received either a 2.49 cumulative GPA or any grade of C- or lower.  [This requirement applies only to students graduating in 2018 or later.]

See full law course descriptions of required courses.