Required Courses

Required courses taken in the first year:

  • Civil Procedure and Conflict Resolution
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Business Entities & Operations
  • Torts
  • Writing & Legal Reasoning
  • Writing & Legal Research

Required courses taken after the first year include:

  • Business Associations (for students entering before January 2016)
  • Comparison of Massachusetts and National Law
  • Constitutional Law (must be taken during the second year)
  • Criminal Law (Part-Time Program)
  • Criminal Procedure (Part-Time Program)
  • Evidence (must be taken during the second year)
  • Legal Ethics/Professional Responsibility*
  • Property
  • Writing and Legal Advocacy
  • Motions and Litigation Practice
  • UCC
  • Bar Essay Writing and Analysis**

*The Massachusetts School of Law has determined that before students can 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 an 85. Thus, students’ grades in Legal Ethics/Professional Responsibility will be held by the Registrar’s Office until students provide evidence from the National Conference of Bar Examiners that they have received a passing score according to the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners. 

**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:

  • Conveyancing
  • Family Law
  • Federal Taxation
  • Remedies
  • Wills and Trusts

Massachusetts School of Law's Mission

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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.