New England School of Law

The New England School of Law (NESL) is located in Boston, Massachusetts in the theater district. NESL is characterized by substantive instruction with a strong foundation in ethics. The academic program emphasizes extensive preparation in practical skills, including instruction in legal writing and clinical work. It was founded in 1908 as Portia Law School, the only law school established exclusively for the education of women. NESL has been coeducational since 1938, being renamed New England School of Law in 1969. New England School of Law is ABA (American Bar Association) accredited and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. With four other independent law schools, NESL is also a founding member of the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.nesl.edu
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) admit@nesl.edu
Location (Location) Boston, MA
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1908
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : Yes

Rankings

US News Week : N/A
Vault Top 25 : N/A
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Median LSAT : 149
Median GPA : 3.06
Acceptance Rate : 89%


NESL Admissions

NESL is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 89% of its applicants. Comparatively, Newengland is Higher than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2017 3133 2776 (88.61%) 450 (14.4%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 2.74 3.06 3.40
LSAT 145 149 153

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $40,984 N/A
Part Time $30,760 N/A
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: N/A
Living off-campus: $21,606
Living at home: $13,546

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : N/A
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : 03/15
Application Fee : $65

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NESL Community

NESL is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Newengland is Below Average.

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 33
  • Part Time : 84

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 11
  • # Minority Faculty : 4

RATIO

25.5 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : No
  • Graduate Housing : No
  • Law Specific Housing : No

NESL Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. New England School of Law 1L section size is 23% larger than law schools in Massachusetts and 29% larger than all Private law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

NESL: 95
Massachusetts Average: 73
Private School Average: 67
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 1835
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 450
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 247
  • Law Journals : 102
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 12

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 22.9%
  • Second Year : 1.8%
  • Third Year : 0.3%
  • Fourth Year : 1.3%

NESL Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The New England School of Law class of 2012 had an employment rate of 76% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2012, 84.6%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 44.0%
  • Business: 29.0%
  • Government: 12.0%
  • Public Interest: 5.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • Massachusetts: 73%
  • New York: 5%
  • New Jersey: 3%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 84.6%
  • First Time Takers: 298
  • Average School: 90.9%
  • Average State: 87.4%
  • Pass Difference: 3.5%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Massachusetts : 87.9%
  • Passed : 195 of 205 (95.1%)
  • State Average : 87.4%
  • Difference : 7.2%
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