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Message from the Director

Welcome to the website for the online LLM in Elder Law and Estate Planning at Western New England University School of Law. I am pleased to introduce to you our innovative graduate program. We now offer both part-time and full-time options.

We offer the only live, interactive online program in both Elder Law and Estate Planning in the country. Our online program removes the barriers of distance to make the program available to students throughout the United States. This approach to distance learning provides unprecedented interaction with classmates and faculty, bringing the immediacy of the classroom experience directly to your home, office, or wherever you may travel.

All courses are live and taught through the use of virtual classrooms over the Internet. In other words, the classes are in real-time. Since we are employing a live synchronous system, the professor and the students meet at the same time but not in the same place. With this synchronous system, the professor and students can engage in active classroom discussions. The classroom is equipped with a whiteboard on which the professor can write. The professor can also place Powerpoints and other visual aids on the screen for the students to review and discuss. Each student is supplied with a headset and microphone so that he/she can actively participate in classroom discussions. As an added feature, both the video and audio of all of our online classes are recorded. If a student has to miss a class, the student can listen to the recorded class.

Any attorney whose practice includes planning for the intergenerational transfer of wealth must have extensive knowledge of and training in a number of diverse areas of law, including wills and trusts, estate and fiduciary administration, income taxation, federal wealth transfer taxation, and the use of various entities and products (particularly trusts and insurance products) in wealth planning and management. An attorney who represents elderly clients must also develop expertise in social security law, Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal and state laws and regulations that directly affect these clients.

We have designed our program to teach the practical aspects of drafting estate plans, administering the settlement of estates, and representing elderly clients and their families. As a final project, every student will design and draft a comprehensive estate plan under the supervision of an experienced estate planner. I invite you to review our skill-oriented curriculum. Please visit our LLM Course Descriptions page to learn more about each specific course.

Full-time Option        

Full-time LLM students take 12 academic credits in each semester. They take 6 two-credit courses in the first semester and 4 two-credit courses plus the four- credit capstone course in the second semester. Full-time students attend classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday either in the late afternoon or evening.

I urge you to view the other pages of our LLM website to find out more about our new and distinctive online program. I also invite you to contact me for more information. I would be pleased to discuss our program with you. My address is:

Prof. Mark W. Worthington
Director, Graduate Program (LL.M.) in Elder Law and Estate Planning
Western New England University School of Law
1215 Wilbraham Road Springfield, MA 01119-2684
Telephone: (413) 796-2041
Fax: (413) 796-2067
Email: mark.worthington@law.wne.edu

Message from Carmen Alexander Blatch, Assistant to the Director 

My goal is to meet your needs on a timely basis from registration on through your years of study with the program. I am the first person you contact to help with any questions or concerns about the programs. I understand the time constraints and demands of the law profession and recognize that immediate responses to students’ and applicants’ requests are essential to your success.

I will maintain constant contact with all of you, mainly through email or by telephone. I also work very closely with other administrative departments in the University, for students seeking financial assistance, electronic library services, information technology support, as well as other requests. Even though most of you might never physically come to the campus, I welcome the opportunity to serve all of you and look forward to meeting you at graduation, if not before. I enjoy every moment of service in the LLM Program at Western New England University School of Law and hope that you will too.

For more information, please contact me at:

Carmen Alexander Blatch                                                                                                                                                
Assistant to the Director of LLM in Elder Law and Estate Planning         
Western New England University School of Law
1215 Wilbraham Road Springfield, MA 01119-2684
Telephone: (413) 782-1426
Fax: (413) 796-2067
Email: calexander@law.wne.edu