Massachusetts School of Law (MSLAW) is one of 150 local nonprofits to receive a grant through Cummings Foundation’s $30 Million Grant Program. The Andover-based school was chosen from a total of 630 proposals during a competitive review process. MSLAW will receive a three-year grant of $150,000.

Massachusetts School of Law’s mission is to provide an academically rigorous affordable legal education emphasizing ethics, advocacy, leadership, and professional skills. MSLAW provides this accessible, affordable legal education to tomorrow’s leaders in law, business, and technology who seek to contribute to their communities as advocates, lawyers, and leaders.

“We are extremely grateful to have been chosen as one of the local nonprofits to benefit from Cummings Foundation’s generosity. Their support makes our mission of helping to provide ‘access to justice for all’ much more attainable,“ said Michael L. Coyne, Massachusetts School of Law Dean & Professor of Law.

The Massachusetts School of Law has extensive plans to utilize the grant funding to provide educational opportunities that provide a better understanding of the significance law has on business decisions.  These experiences include courses and seminars covering topics ranging from basic contract and business formation through financing and regulatory hurdles. Grant funds will support the business community’s need for accessible affordable legal information and the eventual approval of MSLAW providing a master’s degree in law and business.

The Cummings $30 Million Grant Program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties plus six communities in Norfolk County: Brookline, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Quincy, and Wellesley. In all, Cummings Foundation has awarded more than $400 million to date.

Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the areas where it owns commercial property. Its buildings are all managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate, Cummings Properties. This Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

The complete list of 150 grant winners, plus more than 900 previous recipients, is available at

About Massachusetts School of Law
Massachusetts School of Law is the most diverse and affordable law school in New England and brings together 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.

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings and has grown to be one of the largest private foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn, and Cummings Health Sciences, LLC. Additional information is available at

Past Cummings Foundation Grants
Massachusetts School of Law Awarded 2022 Cummings Foundation Grant
Official Press Release 6.6.22