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Master of Science in Elder Law and Estate Planning

School of Law


Elder law advocacy and estate planning require the services of more than just attorneys. Western New England University School of Law, a trailblazer in Elder Law and Estate Planning legal education now offers a unique opportunity for accountants, financial services, insurance professionals, and nursing home administrators who play critical roles in elder law advocacy and estate planning to complement their professional practice with vital legal concepts.

Why Choose the Online MS in Elder Law?

You can gain legal knowledge directly related to your profession without earning a JD, passing the bar, or becoming a lawyer.  You can study legal concepts relating to elder law and estate planning in traditional and online courses.  Traditional courses are offered on our Springfield, MA campus and Master's students learn alongside our JD students.  Online courses are taught synchronously, meaning that all classes are taught live and offer maximum interaction with faculty and classmates.  Some online courses overlap with our LLM in elder law and estate planning, giving you the opportunity to work with practicing attorneys to help grow your business expertise and connections.

What Will you Study?

You will study legal concepts relating to elder law and estate planning both in the classroom and online. Studying part-time, you can earn your MS in 24 credit hours and complete the program in two years. 

Program Plan:
FAll I

Introduction to the Law (1 credit; on campus)
Lawyering Skills (2 credits; on campus)
Income Tax I (2 credits; on campus)

Spring I

Contracts (4 credits; on campus)
Trusts and Estates (3 credits; on campus)

FAll II

Elder Law (2 credits; online)
Electives (2 to 6 credits; online)

Spring II

Electives (2 to 6 credits; online)

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Learn more about the admissions requirements for this program.

Learn More

Learn More

To learn more about this unique program, call to schedule an individual visit to campus or online information session.  Call Rachel Szostak, Administrator of Non-JD Programs, at 413-782-1286 to schedule a visit.

Law Library Resources

Law Library Resources

Through the Law Library, students have access to a wealth of primary and secondary materials online via Westlaw, LexisNexis, Bloomberg BNA, and Cheetah.
Law Library

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  • 73 Million Reasons to Gain Legal Expertise

    The aging of the population provides unprecedented need for informed advisors who can help individuals and families navigate healthcare legal issues, provide for special needs children, and plan for the largest intergenerational transfer of wealth in history. According to the Insured Retirement Institute, Baby Boomers will retire at a rate of 10,000 per day through at least 2030, when almost 73 million Americans, comprising more than 20 percent of the U.S. population, will be age 65 or older. 

  • Hybrid Program

    The Master of Science in Elder Law and Estate Planning is a hybrid program with half of the courses taught on our campus in Springfield, MA and half of the courses taught online.  All classes, on campus and online, are taught in the evening.  Online courses are live and taught through the use of virtual classrooms. Both the video and audio of all of our online classes are recorded. Students are able to view recordings throughout the semester and may also archive the recordings as a part of their own personal legal education reference library.

  • Expert Faculty

    Learn from recognized faculty experts in Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Special Needs, including current and past members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the National Elder Law Foundation.