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Master of Science in Elder Law and Estate Planning

School of Law


Elder law advocacy and estate planning require the services of more than just attorneys. Western New England University School of Law, a trailblazer in live, online Elder Law and Estate Planning legal education now offers a unique opportunity for accountants, financial services, and insurance professionals who play critical roles in elder law advocacy and estate planning to complement their professional practice with vital legal concepts.

Why Choose the Online MS in Elder Law?

You’ll earn a master’s degree in law for non-lawyers in the financial profession online without getting a JD, passing the bar exam, or becoming a lawyer. You will receive the same education, from the same professors, in the same classes as lawyers working on their post-doctoral LLM in Elder Law and Estate Planning degree.

What Will you Study?

You will study legal concepts relating to elder law and estate planning entirely online—classes are taught live in real-time. You can earn your MS in 24 credit hours to complete the program in two to three years. Learning in the same classrooms as practicing attorneys in the LLM program provides an opportunity to work with seasoned legal professionals to help grow your business expertise and connections.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • BA/BS from an accredited university
  • Minimum of five years of professional experience in a field related to Elder Law and Estate Planning
  • Applicants who have earned the designation of a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Charter Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), or some similar credentials will be deemed qualified based on that credential

Learn more about the admissions requirements for this program.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

The Program requires part-time, online study, 24 credit hours with an overall grade point average of 70 or better, and takes two to three years to complete. The curriculum will include courses offered in the LLM program as well as electives specifically developed for non-lawyers. 

Online Info Sessions

Online Info Sessions

The MS in Elder Law and Estate Planning offers online Information Sessions (evenings) to help you learn more about this dynamic learning opportunity for financial professionals. Upcoming sessions are posted each semester.

Law Library Resources

Law Library Resources

Students have access to a wealth of primary and secondary materials online, including Westlaw, LexisNexis, CCH publications, Warren Gorham Lamont treatises, the entire BNA Tax Management Portfolio series, and RIA Checkpoint Online.

Law Library

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  • 73 Million Reasons to Gain Legal Expertise

    The aging of the population provides unprecedented need for informed advisors who can help individuals and families navigate healthcare legal issues, provide for special needs children, and plan for the largest intergenerational transfer of wealth in history. According to the Insured Retirement Institute, Baby Boomers will retire at a rate of 10,000 per day through at least 2030, when almost 73 million Americans, comprising more than 20 percent of the U.S. population, will be age 65 or older. 

  • Live and Online

    All courses are live and taught online through the use of virtual classrooms in real-time. Each student is supplied with a headset and microphone so that he/she can actively participate in classroom discussions. Both the video and audio of all of our online classes are recorded. Many of our graduates also archive the recordings as a part of their own personal legal education reference library.

  • Expert Faculty

    Learn from recognized faculty experts in Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Special Needs, including current and past presidents of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the National Elder Law Foundation.