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Dean's Message

Congratulations on your decision to pursue a life in the law. Let me welcome you to a life filled with intellectual challenge, personal growth, and professional satisfaction. I am proud to be a lawyer and proud to be the Dean of a law school that focuses on professional legal education. I believe in the value of a legal education and I believe in the legal education you will receive at Western New England University School of Law. Let me share with you the three key attributes of our program: we are Practical, Personal, and Passionate.

Practical. We were founded in 1919 as the Springfield branch of Northeastern University with the mission of providing access to the legal profession for working people. Today, our mission is to educate future lawyers to practice law. Our program includes a wide array of opportunities for you to think, act and write like a lawyer, including clinics, externships, competition teams, and simulation courses. These practical skills will benefit you whether you choose to work in a firm, clerk for a judge, open a small practice, or defend or prosecute in your local, state or federal court system. 

Personal. At Western New England you really will get to know your classmates and professors. Our faculty members offer a personal interactive approach to teaching, further enhanced by our small class size, open door policy, and individual counseling sessions. 

Passionate. We have faculty members engaged in vital projects such as helping low-income entrepreneurs, fighting for marriage equality, and working with prison inmates transitioning to civilian life. Our pro bono program will get you out into the community. Whatever your passion, you are likely to find a kindred spirit here.

I recognize that selecting Western New England as your law school is a big decision. The best way to make that decision is to come see for yourself. We are proud to call Western New England University School of Law home, and I believe you will be, too.

Eric J. Gouvin
Dean and Professor of Law
Western New England University School of Law

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