MSLAW has a sixteen week semester. So, for example, a student enrolled in a three-credit course will have three hours of class-time each week for sixteen weeks. MSLAW expects its students to spend at least three hours outside of class preparing for each class.
Required courses taken in the first year:
Required courses taken after the first year include:
*In order for students to obtain a passing grade in Legal Ethics/Professional Responsibility, they must first obtain a passing score on the MPRE exam. In Massachusetts, a passing score is 85. Thus, the student’s grade in Legal Ethics/Professional Responsibility will remain an Incomplete until student submits, to the Registrar’s office, evidence from the National Conference of Bar Examiners that they have received a score of 85. As with all Incomplete grades, students have until the end of the next semester that the course is offered to successfully complete the course otherwise the Incomplete becomes an F.
**Students who have a cumulative GPA under a 2.4 must take and satisfactorily complete Bar Essay prior to enrolling in the Comparison course. Satisfactory completion of Bar Essay requires that the student receive no less than a C in the course. Students who have a cumulative GPA of 2.4 or above may take Bar Essay at any time after completion of the seven substantive bar tested subjects: Civil Procedure, Criminal Law & Procedure, Contracts, Evidence, Property, and Constitutional Law. Each such student must satisfactorily complete Bar Essay. Satisfactory completion of Bar Essay requires that the student receive no less than a C in the course. Students having a cumulative GPA of 2.4 or above may file a written petition with the Admissions Committee to take Bar Essay on a Pass/Fail basis.
Although not required, it is recommended that the following courses also be taken:
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.