Juris Doctor (JD)
Why Choose Juris Doctor (JD)?
Western New England University will inspire and support you to become a true student of law and a skilled practitioner. In the JD program, you will learn the science of legal study as a methodology to analyze legal and social issues. You will develop the ability to perform careful research and write thorough and precise legal memoranda and scholarly papers. You will be prepared to artfully articulate persuasive legal arguments and apply them in a professional context through clinics, externships, and moot court experiences. In small classes, you will be taught by full-time faculty who teach all required day and evening courses. You will graduate prepared to use your law degree to make an impact on your profession and society.
What Will You Study?
The JD program is structured to prepare you for the practice of law in any American jurisdiction. You will begin with several required courses that form the foundation for more advanced legal studies. Research and Writing is a required first-year course that teaches the basic techniques of legal research, writing, and analysis. While students are not required to pursue a concentration, you may choose to do so to focus your studies on a specific practice area. The experiential learning requirement provides opportunities to gain real-world legal experience. All students are required to complete 20 hours of pro bono legal work prior to graduation. Study options include full-time, part-time day, or part-time evening.
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Our curriculum integrates traditional classroom instruction in legal doctrine, analysis, writing, and problem-solving. Learn more about it and download a sample program of study.
Are you interested in criminal law? Do you want to make an impact on gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity issues? Or do you see great opportunity in estate planning? Concentrations enable you to customize your legal education to gain added depth in practice areas you feel most passionate about. Explore our concentrations.
Part-time Evening Program
Ideal for working professionals, the Part-time Evening program offers all required and elective courses during evening hours (typically Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday). You can complete the program in four years by taking elective courses during the summer terms.
The School offers a for-credit bar prep course. Students can utilize the expertise of the Director of Bar Success Programs to learn more about preparing for the bar exam.
The Law School Academic Success Program provides assistance to students who need additional support in developing their writing, studying, and/or analytical skills. The program is administered by the Director of Academic Success Programs. The Academic Success Program helps students work on skills such as time management, case reading and briefing, case analysis and analytical reasoning, and legal argumentation. It also assists students with study techniques, class preparation, outlining, and exam preparation and exam writing techniques. The Academic Success course covers essential law school skills, such as note-taking, briefing cases, outlining, and exam-taking skills.
The Director of Academic Success Programs meets with students to discuss their plans for academic success.
To learn more about the Academic Success Programs, contact Myra Orlen, Professor of Legal Research and Writing and Director of Academic Success Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-782-1415. Professor Orlen's office is located on the third floor of the Blake Law Center in Room 302.
Our rigorous Juris Doctor program attracts students with both a passion for justice and desire to develop practical lawyering skills before they graduate. Want to know more about our most recent incoming Juris Doctor class? Read about our Class Profile, faculty, affiliations, and more.
The legal principles you learn in your first year will be put into action in your second and third years. You can assist real clients in one of our many clinics, gain experience through an externship, research and write a scholarly note for Law Review, participate in a moot court or other competition team, or receive credit through study abroad.