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New England Law At-a-Glance

Fall 2017 Matriculants

JD Applicants/Enrollment Statistics
Completed Applications 1,371
Enrolled First Year Students: 185
States Represented: 22
Countries Represented: 6
Undergraduate Schools Represented: 120
Minority Percentage: 28%
LSAT and GPA Data — Overall
75th Percentile: 153 3.54
Median: 149 3.30
25th Percentile: 146 2.86
LSAT and GPA Data — Honors Program
75th Percentile: 158 3.82
Median: 155 3.53
25th Percentile: 153 3.35
Full-Time Matriculants
Completed Applications: 1,189
Enrolled Students/Class Size: 129
Average Age: 24
Age Range: 21-49
Women: 63%
Out-of-State Percentage: 68%
Part-Time Matriculants
Completed Applications: 182
Enrolled Students/Class Size: 56
Average Age: 28
Age Range: 21-66
Women: 61%
Out-of-State Percentage: 23%

ABA Standard 509 Information Report

Entry to New England Law | Boston is competitive and we turn down many applicants. Our procedure for evaluating law school admissions criteria results in acceptance or denial of an applicant only after careful consideration of several factors. Qualifications are assessed by the Admissions Committee, which includes faculty and members of the Office of Admissions.

Employment Statistics

Law School Tuition (2017–2018)

Full-Time Program

  • 12–15 credits: $23,956 per semester; (annually: $47,912)
  • Cost per additional credit: $1,996
Part-Time Program
  • 8–12 credits: $17,956 per semester; (annually: $35,912)
  • Cost per additional credit: $1,996
Special Part-Time Program students:
  • 7 credits or less: $1,960 per credit
  • 8-12 credits: $35,250
  • 13-15 credits: $46,974

If a student in the final semester of school must take an additional credit beyond the division maximum in order to meet graduation requirements, the Office of Student Services will determine the charge on a case by case basis depending on the student’s previous semesters’ credit loads.


  • Founded in 1908 as Portia Law School, the only law school established exclusively for the education of women
  • Coeducational since 1938
  • Renamed New England Law | Boston in 2008
  • With three other independent law schools, New England Law is a founding member of the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education.


Degrees Granted

  • J.D. (Juris Doctor)
  • LL.M. (Master of Laws) in American Law—for foreign lawyers with law degrees from institutions outside the United States who want to increase their knowledge of the American legal system

Divisions Offered

  • Full-time day division – 3 years
  • Part-time evening division – 4 years
  • Part-time day division – 4 years
  • Special part-time division – up to 6 years (strictly for students with family-care responsibilities, assessed on a case-by-case basis)

Financial Aid (financial aid is awarded by the law school on an annual basis)

  • Receiving federal loans/private loan aid: 80%
  • Receiving Grants and Scholarships: 65%

Academic Centers

  • The Center for Business Law
  • The Center for International Law and Policy
  • The Center for Law and Social Responsibility

Scholarly Journal

  • New England Law Review

Clinical Programs and Externships

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Clinic
  • Business and Intellectual Property
  • Business Practice Credit
  • Criminal Procedure II
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Federal Courts
  • Government Lawyer
  • Health Law
  • Immigration Law
  • International Externships
  • Judicial Internships
  • Land Use Law
  • Lawyering Process
  • Massachusetts Practice
  • Mediation and Dispute Resolution
  • Practice Credit
  • Public Interest Law
  • Tax Law

Advocacy Teams

  • ABA Client Counseling Competition
  • ABA Negotiation Competition
  • Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
  • National Basketball Negotiation Competition
  • National Environmental Moot Court Competition
  • National Tax Moot Court Competition
  • National Mock Trial Competition
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • Saul Lefkowitz Intellectual Property Competition

Student Organizations

New England Law is home to dozens of student organizations.

Special Programs

  • Charles Hamilton Houston Enrichment Program (CHHEP)
  • Clinical Programs (see above)

Examples of Volunteer Opportunities

  • New England Innocence Project (NEIP)
  • Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, Inc. (SLJ)
  • Friends of CASA, Inc.
  • Shelter Legal Services Foundation, Inc.

Law Library

  • 324,000 volumes
  • New England Law has more hours of reference service than any local law school
  • Approximately 13 Windows XP workstations
  • 26 laptops (both PC and Mac Powerbooks) circulate for three hour periods, for in-library use