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Campus Security

The Andover Police are the appropriate authority to report any breach of campus security.  We encourage all students and staff to work with school officials and appropriate police agencies to ensure accurate and prompt reporting of any crimes.

MSLAW will email a security alert to current students and employees regarding any violent offenses reported to MSLAW.  Upon request, MSLAW will provide all prospective students and employees a copy of these reports.  MSLAW will also post on the student services bulletin board any nonviolent criminal offenses, such as stolen laptops, books or vehicle damage.  Students will be given a campus security summary annually to inform students about community and personal safety and encourage community awareness and prevention.

During the academic year 2017-2018, there was one act of vandalism to a sign in the campus parking lot, but beyond that, there have been no incidents of any criminal behavior on the MSLAW  campus.

During the academic year 2016-2017 there were no arrests on campus and no crime reported. Criminal offenses reported to local police agencies or to any official of the institution during that academic year are categorized as follows:

Crime Offenses Crime Offenses
a. Murder 0 e.  Sex Offenses 0
b.  Robbery/theft 0 f.  Aggravated assault 0
c.  Burglary 0 g.  Motor- Vehicle theft 0
d.  Arson 0 h.  Arrest for liquor law, drug law violations 0

During the academic year 2015-2016 there were no arrests on campus and no crime reported. Criminal offenses reported to local police agencies or to any official of the institution during that academic year are categorized as follows:

Crime Offenses Crime Offenses
a. Murder 0 e.  Sex Offenses 0
b.  Robbery/theft 0 f.  Aggravated assault 0
c.  Burglary 0 g.  Motor- Vehicle theft 0
d.  Arson 0 h.  Arrest for liquor law, drug law violations 0

A breakdown of the crime statistics in the general area, excluding MSLAW’s campus, during 2015 and 2016 based on released FBI data is as follows:

Crime 2015 2016
Violent Crime 19 23
Murder and non-negligent
  Manslaughter 0 0
Rape 1 3
Robbery 2 2
Aggravated Assault 16 18
Property Crime 291 216
Burglary 35 28
Larceny/Theft 246 174
Motor Vehicle Theft 10 14
Arson 1 3

The FBI has been collecting Uniform Crime Reporting data from law enforcement agencies across the United States since 1930.  The data is used to gain and offer a comparison from, year to year and community to community in a wide range of violent and property crimes.


Fire Safety

MSLAW’s campus is inspected annually by the Town of Andover Fire Department.  MSLAW has exit and evacuation signs posted in various locations through the building.  MSLAW is a nonsmoking facility and does not allow smoking within 100 feet of its entrances.  Since MSLAW began operation in 1990 at 500 Federal Street, Andover, Massachusetts, MSLAW has not had any fire related incidences within our building.  In October of 2017, MSLAW found a charred sign in its parking lot area and reported that to the Andover Police.

 

Tuition, Fees, Cost of Textbooks and Cost of Living Expenses

MSLAW requires students to complete 90 credits in order to graduate and receive their Juris Doctorate degree.  Credits are charged at a rate of $700.00 per credit.  The total cost of tuition is $63,000.00 plus a one-time building fee of $750.00.  Students will need to purchase course books and supplies with the cost of books depending on the courses taken but a student should expect to spend approximately $800 each semester for books.  Living expenses likewise vary depending on where, and with whom, the student is living.  These costs can vary widely but for student loan purposes, MSLAW estimates these costs to be $12,000 each semester.

 

Total Budgeted Expenses

Tuition                         $ 63,000

Building Fee               $      750

Books                          $   4,800

Living Expenses          $ 96,000

Total                            $164,550

 

Employment Rates Upon Graduation

The Massachusetts School of Law at Andover (“MSLAW”) has a diverse student population.  Generally, 50-60% of our students attend the part-time evening program with at least one-half of our student body employed in full time jobs while in law school.  Many of those students enjoy career advancement within their current jobs as a result of earning their Juris Doctor degree.  For the most recent academic year, of the 71 students who graduated and responded to our employment survey, 53% were employed in full time jobs upon graduation with an additional 12% still working at a law office or agency where they were placed as part of the law school’s externship program and anticipated being offered a full-time position with that office or agency.

 

Student Loan Debt

For students graduating during the 2016-2017 academic year, the average student loan debt was $57,385.26.  The average loan debt of all graduating students receiving federal loans and aid was $76,035.48 for students graduating during the 2016-2017 academic year.  Seventy-five percent (75%) of all students obtain some form of student loan or federal aid to assist them with completing their studies.

 

Graduation and Completion Rates

For the class of 2016, 59% of the students who began classes at Massachusetts School of Law completed their studies at Massachusetts School of Law and graduated receiving their Juris Doctor degree with another 1% of those students who began their studies at the Massachusetts School of Law transferring to other institutions.  For the class of 2017, 52% of the students who began classes at Massachusetts School of Law completed their studies at Massachusetts School of Law and graduated receiving their Juris Doctor degree.  Another 3% of the students who began their studies at Massachusetts School of Law with the class of 2017 transferred to other institutions.

 

Occupations for Which Your Field of Study Prepares You

MSLAW instructs students in legal theory and teaches students the professional skills they will need to properly serve their communities. Too often law schools have failed to recognize that law school graduates must acquire the professional skills new lawyers need in order to assist their clients with the difficult challenges they face. At MSLAW, you will learn how to:

  • Analyze problems and courses of action, whether in business settings, legal settings, or elsewhere.
  • Use relevant social, political, economic, and other “non-legal” facts and doctrines relevant to presenting or solving legal questions.
  • Speak articulately: in courtrooms, in meetings, at hearings, and to opponents.
  • Interview and counsel clients.
  • Be sensitive to the needs, desires, and financial abilities of clients.
  • Discover facts relevant to client’s cases or problems.
  • Draft contracts, wills, and trusts.
  • Analyze business and personal problems from a legal standpoint.
  • Plan legal courses of action for individuals, families, and businesses.
  • Take depositions.
  • Try cases, including examining and cross-examining witnesses, introducing evidence and arguing to jurors.
  • Arbitrate and mediate disputes.
  • Draft motions, trial memoranda, and appellate briefs.
  • Recognize and respond appropriately to the ethical and moral problems that arise continually in law practice.
  • Behave professionally including acting with appropriate civility, politeness, and promptness.

MSLAW prepares its graduates for the practice of law. For MSLAW graduates who have taken the Bar Examination in Massachusetts since the school’s inception and through the July 2017 administration, the pass rates are as follows:

  • Passing the bar examination on the graduate’s first attempt: 62.5%
  • Passing within a year of graduation: 74.6%
  • Passing the bar examination within three attempts: 79.5%
  • Graduates passing the bar examination regardless of how many attempts: 85.7%

While many graduates continue to follow the traditional path and practice law in a law firm, governmental agency or with the court system, other graduates use their legal training and education servicing emerging avenues of employment for law school graduates. There are legal employment opportunities across all employment sectors–private, public, and nonprofit—as these sectors highly value legal training. Law related positions are found in every employment sector and virtually every industry and economic endeavor. Lawyers are now employed in corporations, trade associations, professional associations, government officers, advocacy organizations, foundations, colleges, universities, accounting firms, hospitals, museums,  throughout  law enforcement,  and of course law firms.

Here is a link to an article on 600+ things you can do with a law degree
http://www.mslaw.edu/career-resources

Massachusetts School of Law's Mission

military logoMassachusetts School of Law's mission is to provide an academically rigorous affordable legal education emphasizing ethics, advocacy, leadership, and professional skills. MSLAW provides an accessible and affordable legal education to tomorrow’s leaders in law, business, and technology who seek to contribute to their communities as advocates, lawyers, and leaders. Lawyers have substantial influence in our society and MSLAW prepares its graduates to use that power to help their clients and obtain the societal advancement that a law degree has traditionally provided.

To accomplish its mission, Massachusetts School of Law brings together a diverse group of scholars, judges, expert practitioners and other professionals to provide individuals from all backgrounds a rigorous, professionally advantageous, affordable legal education so that they can improve their lives and better serve their communities.
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Massachusetts School of Law's Mission

military logoMassachusetts School of Law's mission is to provide an academically rigorous affordable legal education emphasizing ethics, advocacy, leadership, and professional skills. MSLAW provides an accessible and affordable legal education to tomorrow’s leaders in law, business, and technology who seek to contribute to their communities as advocates, lawyers, and leaders. Lawyers have substantial influence in our society and MSLAW prepares its graduates to use that power to help their clients and obtain the societal advancement that a law degree has traditionally provided.

To accomplish its mission, Massachusetts School of Law brings together a diverse group of scholars, judges, expert practitioners and other professionals to provide individuals from all backgrounds a rigorous, professionally advantageous, affordable legal education so that they can improve their lives and better serve their communities.