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                            Western New England College School of Law
                            [By Akbar Ali]
                            Located in picturesque Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England College School of Law is one of the region’s lower-
                            profile law schools, operating as a small, private facility which offers both J.D. and LL.M. degrees. The university is currently in
                            the midst of a $20 million fundraising effort and expansion of its law center in order to upgrade its facilities to better serve students
                            and faculty. The school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law
                            Schools.




In addition to its traditional J.D. and LL.M.        and law students to work and consult with               building currently housing the law school,
programs, the school offers three joint              local entrepreneurs who are expanding                   the S. Prestley Blake Law Center, did not
degree programs: a J.D./M.B.A. program               and building new businesses. Likewise, the              open until 978. It was named after S.
with the School of Business, a J.D./M.S.W.           Small Business Clinic matches students                  Prestley Blake, president and co-founder of
(Master of Social Work) program with                 from the business and law schools together              Friendly’s Ice Cream, who donated $250,000
Springfield College, and a J.D./M.R.P.               to provide services and consulting to local             for the construction of the building. The
(Master of Regional Planning) program with           business owners. The clinic is considered               school is also home to three publications:
the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.          the most important program at the Law and               the Western New England Law Review, the
                                                     Business Center and, through its students,              school’s scholarly legal journal; Lex Brevis,
Undergraduate students at the main campus            offers advice on matters such as corporate              a student-run newspaper; and Lytae, the law
are also offered the opportunity to complete         and commercial law, marketing, human                    school’s yearbook and journal of record.
their undergraduate and J.D. programs                resources, and competitive analysis.
in a six-year program known as the 3+3                                                                       In 200, the school’s ABA Negotiation Team
Law Program. Most majors are allowed to              Current enrollment at the school is 580, with           won the National Negotiation Competition
complete both bachelor’s and J.D. work               39 full-time faculty members and 35 adjunct             out of nearly 200 competing law schools. The
within a six-year time frame with three years        faculty members. The current student-to-                following year, the team placed fourth in the
allotted for each degree.                            faculty ratio stands at 6:. For the fall 2007         national competition.
                                                     class, the median LSAT score was 54, with
Additionally, a new, similarly structured            the 25th percentile coming in at 50 and the            A number of influential and high-profile
program was implemented in the fall of               75th percentile at 56. The median GPA was              local and state figures have graduated
2007 which coordinates biomedical study              3.4. The average age of students was 25,               from Western New England College School
with a career in law: the six-year Biomedical        although students ranged in age from 20 to              of Law, including Massachusetts state
Engineering/Law Program allows students              45. Minority students comprised 2% of the              representatives and senators Stephen
to earn an undergraduate biomedical                  total class population.                                 Buoniconti and Gale D. Candaras, Connecticut
engineering degree and a J.D. in six years.                                                                  State Representative Lawrence Cafero,
Separate admission to each program is                According to the school’s most recent profile           Connecticut State Representative Michael
required.                                            in the Princeton Review, the pass rate                  Christ, Massachusetts State Representative
                                                     for graduates taking the bar exam for the               Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera, U.S. Marine Corps
In terms of LL.M. opportunities, one of              first time is 76%, and the average starting             Lawyer Michael Mori, current Lieutenant
the school’s unique offerings is its LL.M.           salary is $5,664. Tuition in 2007 ran to               Governor of Massachusetts and former Mayor
Program in Estate Planning and Elder Law,            $3,048 for full-time students and $23,286              of Worcester, Massachusetts, Tim Murray,
the only program of its kind in the Northeast        for part-time students. 40% of students are             former NBA Commissioner Larry O’Brien
and one of the few in the nation offering this       granted institutional scholarships, including           and former Springfield City Councilor Angelo
specialty. This program is only offered on a         full-tuition scholarships. Out-of-state tuition         Puppolo.
part-time basis.                                     totals about $29,456, and the average loan
                                                     amount in 2007 was $30,273. Room and                    ON THE NET
The school also operates five clinics as             board fees total $,578.
well as the Law and Business Center for                                                                      Western New England College School of Law
Advancing Entrepreneurship. This center              Western New England College’s full-time                 www.law.wnec.edu
provides practical experience for business           law program began in 973, though the

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