Professional by Day, Student by Night
Western New England University has been offering part-time legal instruction for over 100 years. In that time, we’ve guided thousands of working professionals from their previous jobs to a fascinating and meaningful career in the law. Our part-time evening program has also helped countless others advance their existing careers by providing an opportunity to earn an advanced degree in a manageable program without sacrificing quality.
The Evening Program’s curriculum is identical to the full-time program, but spread over four years. Evening students are still required to meet all of the rigorous standards to which we hold our full-time students. However, your professors are understanding of the professional, family, and personal commitments you have outside of the classroom and will work with you to help you meet all of your academic goals.
Close and Convenient
Our Springfield, MA location is an easy drive from Hartford, Albany, Worcester, Providence, or anywhere in between. Our beautiful campus provides plenty of well-lit parking adjacent to the Blake Law Center. It is also conveniently located near public transportation.
Program Plan and Sample Schedule
The evening program’s curriculum is identical to the full-time program, but spread over four years, including summer sessions. All evening classes are scheduled at 6:00 pm or later, allowing you to time to transition from your day job to law school. In an effort to make our part-time evening program even more convenient, we have increased the number of online course offerings.
During the first and second year of law school, students will take required courses and follow a cohort model of learning. Please see below for a sample first year schedule.
Fall 2021 (Monday & Wednesday on campus; Tuesday & Thursday online)•Lawyering Skills I Monday & Wednesday 6:00—6:55
•Torts Monday & Wednesday 7:05—8:55
•Civil Procedure Tuesday & Thursday 6:00—7:50
•Academic Success Tuesday 8:00—8:55
Spring 2022 (Monday & Wednesday on campus; Tuesday & Thursday online)•Lawyering Skills II Tuesday & Thursday 8:00—8:55
•Contracts Monday & Wednesday 6:00—7:50
•Criminal Law Tuesday & Thursday 6:00—7:50
•Academic Success Tuesday 8:00—8:55
During the third and fourth year of law school, students will take mostly elective courses. Students will have more control and flexibility in their schedules. Schedules will vary.
Law School "Extras"
Part-time evening students are afforded all of the same opportunities as full-time students. They are allowed to participate in clinics, law review, moot court teams, and student organizations. Many events and meetings are scheduled in the evenings to allow all students the chance the participate.
The Law Library is open until 10:00pm on weeknights and offers extended hours during exam periods. Reference librarians make themselves available to part-time students by holding evening hours and communicating with students via phone, chat, or email.
Faculty and administrators make an extra effort to be accessible to part-time evening students. For example, offices, including the Career Services Office and the Registrar, are open until 6:00 pm on Wednesdays.
The fall 2021 entering class profile is as follows:
Class Size: 36
Average Age: 27
Age Range: 21-50
Gender: 61% female / 39% male
Median LSAT: 151
Median GPA: 3.34
States Represented: CT, MA, NH, NY, RI
Cost and Aid
Each year, the Enrollment Services Office determines a standard budget and the Cost of Attendance for determining financial aid eligibility. The following chart gives both the specific line-item figures and the overall bottom line for 2021-2022, based on 9 months of expenses. The budget is based on estimated living expenses for single students of $2,250 per month, including rent, utilities, transportation, food, and personal expenses. More information about financing your legal education can be found here.
Tuition $33,540 Fees $770 Books $1,600 Room & Board $13,000 Personal $2,410 Transportation $2,920 Academic and Bar Success Materials $450 TOTAL $54,690
All applicants are automatically considered for the Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. and Merit Scholarships as part of the admissions process.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. Scholarships -- The Holmes Scholars Program is a full-tuition scholarship program designed for students who have demonstrated academic excellence. These are students who typically score in the top twenty-five percent of the LSAT nationally and finish near the top of their undergraduate classes. This scholarship will automatically renew each year provided that the recipient remains in good academic standing.
Merit Scholarships -- Merit scholarships are partial tuition scholarships awarded to students whose academic accomplishments promise strong performance at law school and in legal practice. These scholarships are renewed automatically each year to all recipients in good standing. Full-time recipients are eligible for their awards for three years and part-time recipients are eligible for four years.
Current students may also apply for additional scholarships. A partial listing of donor-sponsored scholarships and external scholarships can be found here.
The admissions process for part-time evening applicants is the same as for full-time applicants. Complete instructions can be found here.
The Office of Admissions is open until 6:00 pm on Wednesdays to accommodate part-time evening applicants. Please call us at 413-782-1406 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment.