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Master of Science in Law

School of Law


In today’s world, law impacts virtually every human activity. Professionals in many fields regularly interact with lawyers, the legal system, judicial rulings, policy issues, and regulations. The Master of Science in Law program is designed for non-lawyer professionals who deal with such topics in their work, but who do not desire to obtain a JD or practice law.

Whether you work in human resources, banking, journalism, real estate, fundraising, or for the government, a Master of Science in Law degree from the ABA accredited Western New England University School of Law is a credential that will enhance your skill set and position you to advance your career.

Why Choose the MS in Law?

The 24-credit Master of Science in Law can be pursued full- or part-time. Full-time students can complete the program in one year and part-time students can develop a flexible plan to complete the requirements in two, three, or more years. The MS in Law is a surprisingly affordable and accessible degree option to give you the legal knowledge and expertise you need to understand how the law relates to your work.

What Will You Study?

After initial courses to acclimate you to legal study, you will take classes alongside our juris doctor students. You can customize our course of study to fit your career interests or choose a path from our six areas of concentration. Working with an advisor, we will prepare a course of study that drawn from foundation courses and upper-level electives. Courses are taught in the Blake Law Center and you will have access to the complete resources of the Law Library.

Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Admission is based on your undergraduate credentials, work experience, and other factors relevant to professional development. The MS in Law students will not be required to take the LSAT or any other graduate admission test. As a master’s program students may be eligible for tuition reimbursement with your employer. View our current tuition rates. For questions, email mslawadmissions@law.wne.edu or call 413-782-1406.

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How are courses offered?

How are courses offered?

Course Delivery: on-campus, Blake Law Center
Total Credits: 24

After taking an introductory course to become acclimated to the process of legal education, you will attend the same classes with students in the Juris Doctor program and be taught by our outstanding law faculty. The sophisticated and substantial knowledge of law obtained through the program will prepare you to:

  • Understand the legal and regulatory scheme that governs your profession;
  • Employ legal concepts and perspectives in your professional decision-making;
  • Use legal insights in developing business strategy and risk management plans;
  • Engage in public policy discussions to influence change in their fields; and
  • Communicate more effectively with legal counsel.
Faculty

Faculty

The School of Law's full-time faculty members have been educated at many of the nation's most prestigious law schools. All have practiced law prior to joining our faculty, with most having practiced in the fields of law they now teach. Our adjunct faculty is comprised of more than 30 professionals, including practicing attorneys and judges, who bring current legal practice into the classroom.

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