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Dean's Message

Where will your law degree take you? Whether you craft a path in public interest law, corporate law, working in government, or somewhere you have not yet imagined, Western New England University School of Law gives you the tools to get there. With our nationally recognized faculty, student-centered education, multitude of practical learning opportunities, and engaged alumni, we help you decide where you want to go, and we help you achieve your goals.

Teaching real-world lawyers has been our mission for almost one hundred years. Founded in 1919, we started with the simple goal of helping people from all walks of life gain the skills and knowledge needed to go back to their communities as lawyers who serve families, businesses, and society. Although a lot has changed in one hundred years and our alumni now practice around the country and around the world, our ethos of student-centered education has remained steadfast.

What does a student-centered education mean? It means you will work with award-winning teachers who cherish being in the classroom to develop the critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills needed to excel as a lawyer. As an upper-level student, you will choose from incredible opportunities for practical lawyering. Our simulation courses give you the skills to make you a more effective lawyer, in areas including negotiation, transactional lawyers, legislation, and criminal law. In our nine clinics, students work with real clients: they help low-income entrepreneurs with start-up businesses, they work in elder law to help families plan their futures, and they represent criminal defendants in court. Student externs help federal and state judges write opinions; they work with the U.S. Attorney’s office, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Connecticut Commission for Human Rights and Opportunities, and many other government agencies.  Students on our national award-winning competition teams travel to compete against other law schools in areas as diverse as First Amendment rights, taxation, negotiation, and international law. In short, students gain the skills to become effective lawyers, all while earning law school credit. 

Students also make a local, national, and global impact through their pro bono work. Western New England University School of Law is recognized as a national leader in establishing a pro bono requirement in 2012 for both students and faculty. We did this as part of our commitment to public service, our recognition of the profound difference that lawyers can make in the lives of real people facing real challenges, and our commitment to the larger community. Our pro bono program is part of Western New England’s dedication to our surrounding community, which also includes trailblazing programs like our Mini Law School and our School of Law Speakers Bureau.

Whatever path you take, at Western New England you are part of a tight-knit community, from classrooms to courtrooms, as a part of student organizations and competition teams, and with alumni mentors who are a vital part of helping the law school continue to flourish as we start our second century. We welcome you to explore our law school and learn more about the opportunities that await.

Sudha Setty
Dean and Professor of Law