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Law School Elective Courses

In addition to law school required courses, you may select from more than 115 electives. We encourage you to explore these law school electives and experiment as you familiarize yourself with different areas of the law.

Four electives in law school are especially good basic preparation for practice:

  • Administrative Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Wills, Estates, and Trusts
  • Personal Income Taxation


New England Law offers an array of seminars. Seminars typically have no more than 25 students who are engaged in advanced, in-depth study of a particular area of law, and students have substantial responsibility for leading discussion of the materials. A substantial part of the seminar grade is usually based on a paper.

Our list of law electives includes seminars on a variety of topics, including these recent offerings:

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Public Interest Law Seminar and Clinic
  • Domestic Violence
  • Civil Rights
  • Mass Media Law
  • Environmental Justice
  • Indigenous Peoples' Rights
  • Contemporary Popular Criticism of Lawyers and the Legal System

Independent Legal Research

In the last year of law school you may choose to do independent legal research.  This involves a tutorial arrangement with a professor in the field and a directed legal research and writing project.