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New England Law | Boston Launches New JD Offerings

Law school responds to increased demand for flexible JDs with accelerated programs and a part-time program for parents and caregivers.

BOSTON – October 31, 2018 – New England Law | Boston, the only independent ABA-accredited law school in Massachusetts, today announced the launch of an accelerated degree program that law students can complete in either two and a half years (full-time) or three and a half years (part-time). The school has also expanded a part-time program for parents and caregivers that students can complete within six years.    

New England Law designed these new and enhanced programs in response to the growing demand for flexible law school programming in Massachusetts. The non-traditional programs will allow New England Law students to complete their degrees on their own unique timelines, while having the same access to coursework and experiential learning opportunities as their peers in more traditional programs.

Accelerated JD Program (full-time and part-time)

The Accelerated JD Program at New England Law is designed for highly motivated students who are eager to jumpstart their legal careers. Students admitted to the accelerated program can choose to attend law school either full-time or part-time depending on their schedules. On the accelerated timeline, students will complete their law degree early so they can enter the workforce and begin their legal careers sooner. Completing the same coursework as their traditional peers, accelerated students are encouraged to participate in the same experiential learning opportunities, including clinics, externships, pro bono work, study abroad programs, faculty research, and more, so they are prepared to enter the legal workforce upon graduation. Students maximize their course loads during the academic year and take advantage of credit-bearing opportunities over the summer to graduate earlier.

“For prospective students who are eager to complete a JD degree but don’t want to disrupt their schedules for an extended period, the accelerated program is a smart choice,” said John Chalmers, Chief Enrollment Officer. “Not only do we offer a robust curriculum and resources any student needs to prepare for a successful legal career, but also our unique, caring, and hands-on community offers students the academic and personal support to complete a degree faster than at other law schools.”

The Accelerated JD Program is housed at New England Law’s downtown Boston location where students have full access to the legal resources the school has to offer and are in close proximity to countless legal internship, externship, and clerkship opportunities. For more information about the Accelerated JD Program at New England Law, please visit here.

Part-Time JD Program for Parents and Caregivers

The Part-Time JD Program for Parents and Caregivers (formerly the Special Part-Time Program) is the only one of its kind in the United States. Designed specifically for parents and other primary caregivers who need extra flexibility in their law school education, the new program allows students to arrange their legal studies to suit their unique schedules. Previously, the program was reserved for parents, but the redesigned program admits students with any caregiving responsibilities—whether for an aging parent, spouse, or adult child who needs special care. This approach supports one of New England Law’s founding principles: that a legal education should be accessible to any qualified individual no matter their life circumstance.

“We are proud to be the only law school to address the needs of a growing group of applicants who would otherwise never have the opportunity to attend law school,” said John F. O’Brien, Dean and President. “We are committed to providing our students with the tools they need to be successful, and we are happy to offer this extended program to those who need the extra time due to other important responsibilities.”

The Part-Time JD Program for Parents and Caregivers combines day and evening courses in a way that is tailored to the student’s unique needs. If admitted to this special program, the student will work directly with a faculty advisor to determine the best course of action. Students in this program must fulfill the same requirements as traditional law students, but they have up to six years to complete their degree. For more information about the Part-time JD Program for Parents and Caregivers, please visit here.

For students looking for a more traditional law school experience, New England Law offers a full-time JD program, in addition to evening and day part-time programs. For more information about the academic opportunities available at New England Law, please visit here.


About New England Law | Boston

 New England Law | Boston was founded in 1908 as Portia Law School, the first and only law school established exclusively for the education of women. Today, New England Law offers its co-ed student body flexible, convenient programs that combine rigorous academics, dynamic community, and early access to practical experience, as well as a diverse, global network spanning 29 countries, 50 states, and 55 practice areas.

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Emily Lospennato
Associate Director of Public Relations, New England Law | Boston