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LLM in Elder Law and Estate Planning

School of Law


Expand Your Expertise Through Online Learning

A leader in innovative LLM programming, Western New England University offers a live, interactive online program in Elder Law and Estate Planning. This program is designed to help attorneys expand their practices into this high-growth area. Our unique online delivery models makes these programs available to busy professionals nationwide who are looking to enhance their skills while studying part-time in just two to three years.

This includes a full-time option in the LLM in Elder Law and Estate Planning that is ideally suited for recent graduates looking to strengthen their JDs with specialization in this practice area.

Classes Taught in Real-Time

Our online program removes the barriers of distance to make the program available to students throughout the United States, even when they are traveling abroad. This approach to distance learning provides unprecedented interaction with classmates and faculty, bringing the immediacy of the classroom experience directly to your home, office, or wherever you may travel.

Welcome

Message from the Director

Welcome to the website for the online LLM in Elder Law and Estate Planning at Western New England University School of Law. I am pleased to introduce to you our innovative graduate program. We now offer both part-time and full-time options.

We offer the only live, interactive online program in both Elder Law and Estate Planning in the country. Our online program removes the barriers of distance to make the program available to students throughout the United States. This approach to distance learning provides unprecedented interaction with classmates and faculty, bringing the immediacy of the classroom experience directly to your home, office, or wherever you may travel.

All courses are live and taught through the use of virtual classrooms over the Internet. In other words, the classes are in real-time. Since we are employing a live synchronous system, the professor and the students meet at the same time but not in the same place. With this synchronous system, the professor and students can engage in active classroom discussions. The classroom is equipped with a whiteboard on which the professor can write. The professor can also place Powerpoints and other visual aids on the screen for the students to review and discuss. Each student is supplied with a headset and microphone so that he/she can actively participate in classroom discussions. As an added feature, both the video and audio of all of our online classes are recorded. If a student has to miss a class, the student can listen to the recorded class.

Any attorney whose practice includes planning for the intergenerational transfer of wealth must have extensive knowledge of and training in a number of diverse areas of law, including wills and trusts, estate and fiduciary administration, income taxation, federal wealth transfer taxation, and the use of various entities and products (particularly trusts and insurance products) in wealth planning and management. An attorney who represents elderly clients must also develop expertise in social security law, Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal and state laws and regulations that directly affect these clients.

We have designed our program to teach the practical aspects of drafting estate plans, administering the settlement of estates, and representing elderly clients and their families. As a final project, every student will design and draft a comprehensive estate plan under the supervision of an experienced estate planner. I invite you to review our skill-oriented curriculum. Please visit our LLM Course Descriptions page to learn more about each specific course.

Full-time Option        

Full-time LLM students take 12 academic credits in each semester. They take 6 two-credit courses in the first semester and 4 two-credit courses plus the four- credit capstone course in the second semester. Full-time students attend classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday either in the late afternoon or evening.

I urge you to view the other pages of our LLM website to find out more about our new and distinctive online program. I also invite you to contact me for more information. I would be pleased to discuss our program with you. My address is:

Prof. Mark W. Worthington
Director, Graduate Program (LL.M.) in Elder Law and Estate Planning
Western New England University School of Law
1215 Wilbraham Road Springfield, MA 01119-2684
Telephone: (413) 796-2041
Fax: (413) 796-2067
Email: mark.worthington@law.wne.edu

Student Demographics

Student Demographics

Since our LLM in Elder Law and Estate Planning is completely online, the students in our program are from all over the country and have graduated from a variety of law schools. As an example, the following list shows the law schools from which our enrolled students graduated.

Albany Law School
Boston College School of Law
Boston Univeristy School of Law
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Columbia University School of Law
Dickinson School of Law
Florida International University School of Law
Fordham University School of Law
Franklin Pierce Law Center
George Washington School of Law
Georgetown University School of Law
Loyola University (Chicago) School of Law
Marshall-Wyeth School of Law
New England School of Law
New York Law School
Northeastern University School of Law
Quinnipiac College School of Law
Southern Illinois University School of Law
St John's University School of Law
Suffolk University School of Law
Temple University School of Law
Tulane University School of Law
UCLA School of Law
University of Arkansas School of Law
University of Dayton School of Law
University of Maine School of Law
University of Nebraska College of Law
University of Tennessee School of Law
University of Tulsa School of Law
University of Wisconsin (Madison) School of Law
Washington University School of Law
Western New England University School of Law
Widener University (Harrisburg) School of Law