Law School Graduation Requirements
New England Law | Boston students must complete the following requirements to become law school graduates.
- Day Full-Time Program Students must complete at least six semesters of study and 86 hours of credit.
- Evening Part-Time Program and Day Part-Time Program Students must complete at least eight semesters of study and 86 hours of credit.
- Special Part-Time Program For individuals with child-rearing responsibilities who are unable to attend law school as full-time day or part-time evening students. To graduate, a student must complete the minimum of 86 credits and 120 weeks in residence required of all New England Law students.
- LL.M. Program For foreign lawyers with law degrees or the equivalent from outside the United States who want to increase their knowledge of the American legal system. To graduate, a student must complete two consecutive semesters as a full-time student and 24 credit hours (approximately 10 courses).
JD graduates also must fulfill certain residency requirements mandated for law schools by the American Bar Association. (Details are provided in the New England Law Student Handbook of Rules and Regulations.)
In addition, students must complete a substantial percentage of credit and degree requirements at New England Law. Students may receive credit for summer study at another law school to decrease their course load during the academic year, providing they have obtained advance approval.
Students may also arrange to "visit out" at a member law school of the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education. However, tuition is based on the entire course of study required for a degree (three years for Day Division and four years for Evening Division), so students are charged the full tuition for their program, regardless of credits earned in summer programs.
Additional Law School Graduation Requirements
In addition to the above requirements and the required courses, students must satisfy these requirements to be eligible for New England Law graduation:
- Professional Skills Requirement (applies to students who entered prior to fall 2016) : In order to graduate, a student must have satisfied the Professional Skills Requirement. To do this, a student must take at least two courses from the combined approved list of clinical, simulation, and practice courses. The faculty strongly recommends that at least one of these courses be a clinical course; both courses may be clinical courses to satisfy the requirement. To be approved as a Professional Skills Requirement course, a course must require a student to give substantial attention to developing legal practice skills though active participation in real or simulated law practice experiences. Such experiences might include litigation skills and advocacy, client interviewing and counseling, fact investigation, negotiation, and/or practice-orientated writing skills.
- Experiential Education Requirement (applies to students who entered in fall 2016 and after) In order to graduate, a student must have satisfied the Experiential Education Requirement. To do this, a student must take one or more experiential course(s) totaling at least six credit hours from the combined approved list of clinical, simulation, and practice courses. The faculty strongly recommends that at least one of these courses be a clinical course, and the requirement may be satisfied by taking all six credit hours in clinical courses. To be approved as an Experiential Education Requirement course, the course must require a student to give substantial attention to developing legal practice skills though active participation in real or simulated law practice experiences.
- All students must take and complete the full-day diagnostic bar exam and review in their year of graduation. This exam and review will be offered only in the fall each year. The exam will be formatted like the Multistate Bar Examination and followed by a structured review of the substantive law and multiple choice test-taking skills. (This requirement applies to students graduating in the 2017-2018 academic year and thereafter.)