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New England Law | Boston is pleased to offer this unique program for older adults who have an interest in the law and a desire to continue learning without enrolling in a full-time legal program. Participants audit classes from our esteemed faculty at our Boston location, side-by-side with our law students. 

New England Law was founded on a commitment to opening doors to legal education.

The school started in 1908 as Portia Law School, the first law school in the nation established exclusively for women. Today, New England Law offers its coeducational student body flexible, convenient programs that combine rigorous academics and a dynamic, supportive educational community. Our diverse student body is primarily women, nearly one-third students of color, and a vibrant collection of full- and part-time students who range from 20 to 57 years old.

Our mission remains focused on expanding access to the legal profession and promoting diversity in our law school. The Portia Senior Scholars Program is one such initiative, allowing senior members of the community to audit law school classes. The program is specifically designed for older adults who have an interest in the law and a desire to continue learning without enrolling in a full-time legal program.

Available classes may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Hospital Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Law and the Elderly
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Patent Law
  • Wills, Estates, and Trusts

Program Components

  • Open to adults age 60 and older
  • Opportunity to audit up to two courses per semester
  • $5,000 for the first course and $4,500 for the second course
  • Senior Scholars may participate in classroom discussion but do not take graded exercises
  • Program participants receive a certificate for each course completed

How to Register

We are happy to guide Portia Senior Scholars through the course registration process. The registration periods are as follows:

  • Fall semester: Register between April 15 and August 15
  • Spring semester: Register between November 1 and January 1
  • Summer: Register between April 30 and May 15

The registration application for the upcoming semester will be available in the spring of 2019. Check back soon!

If you have questions in the interim, please contact our Office of Admissions at 877-387-2417 or admit@nesl.edu.