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New England Law | Boston Library Collections

Academic Excellence Collection

The Academic Excellence Collection is on the first floor of the library next to the Information Desk. The collection houses study aids supporting different types of learning styles: Audio, Essay Practice, Multiple Choice, and Resources Explaining the Law. These materials can be checked out at the Information Desk for in-library use.

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Reserve Collection

Behind the Information Desk are reserve stacks containing a limited number of class textbooks and some study aids. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, the Code of Massachusetts Regulations, some popular reference materials, DVDs of classes, and general movies are also kept in the reserve collection.

We also have 13 Dell and 6 Mac laptops available for student use. The library also has the following laptop equipment: Dell adaptors, Mac adaptors, Panasonic DVD players and laptop security locks

Laptops and laptop equipment are available for checkout for 3 hours.  Most other reserves may be used in the library for 2 hours. Please ask at the Information Desk for any reserve materials that you need.

Archives Collection

New England Law | Boston has a unique heritage. Founded in 1908 as Portia Law School for the legal education of women, New England Law | Boston has offered an affordable legal education to many who may not otherwise have considered a career in the law.

The history of the school is preserved in the Archives Room (209A in the second floor administrative offices) in the library in the form of yearbooks, course ledgers, class documents, newspaper articles, photographs, and other memorabilia. Also represented are catalogs from the affiliated Calvin Coolidge College of Liberal Arts (1936-1968) and a collection of some personal papers of the school’s founder, Arthur W. MacLean. This collection is gradually being digitized for wider accessibility.

For more information about the archives collection, see the archives page.

Mary Joe Frug Collection

The Mary Joe Frug Women and the Law Collection is housed in room 007 in the basement of the library.   Frug was a pioneer in critical feminist legal analysis, authored a case book Women and the Law, and was instrumental in establishing a course on domestic violence, one of the first in the country. While on a leave from the school in 1991, she was murdered by an unknown assailant near her Cambridge home.  Her husband donated a collection of her books to the school in her memory.