A Message from Dean Emeritus Lawrence Velvel
There are two points that you should be aware of if you are considering Massachusetts School of Law at Andover. The first relates to the overall nature of the school. The second relates to career satisfaction. With regard to the nature of MSLAW, this school is the leader in the now-growing drive for reform in legal education, and the school’s practices and curriculum reflect this.
The many reforms MSLAW has pioneered include:
This extensive menu of innovations pioneered by MSLAW makes clear why the school has been and remains the leader of reform in legal education — which has badly needed reform for at least fifty years. Other schools have individually picked up on and are using some of the same reforms, but there is no school which has instituted so many of them, or has instituted them so quickly.
Massachusetts School of Law at Andover is unique. With regard to career satisfaction, there are alternate ways to obtain such satisfaction after graduating from law school. A significant number of MSLAW graduates use the abilities developed in law school to advance their careers in government or business. But most of MSLAW’s graduates choose to practice law, often in their own local communities.
The practice of law, especially in your own community, can be a great deal of fun, because lawyers are paid for talking, thinking, planning and writing — abilities which are honed by reforms instituted at MSLAW. But for the practice of law to be fun, and satisfying, you should enter the field because you want to help people.
The fun and the satisfaction accrue mainly to those whose goal is to help others rather than to those whose goal is to make four or five hundred thousand dollars a year. The reforms instituted by MSLAW give students the intellectual and practical tools needed to assist others — and to be happier persons because they are doing so.
Massachusetts 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.