Western New England College School of Law

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Western New England College School of Law is a private, American Bar Association-accredited law school in Springfield, Massachusetts, the only ABA-accredited law school in Massachusetts outside the greater Boston area. It is one of the four schools of Western New England College. The law school offers both full- and part-time programs. The full-time program is divided into three sections during the first year, with approximately 50 students in each section; the part-time evening program consists of a single section comprised of approximately 40 students.

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WNEC Law School Admissions

WNEC Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 70% of its applicants. Comparatively, Westernnewengland is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 624 433 (69.39%) 88 (14.1%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.84 3.10 3.45
LSAT 143 147 152

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $40,954 $40,954
Part Time $30,298 $30,298

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $17,310
  • Living off-campus: $21,848
  • Living at home: $9,880

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 03/15
  • Application Fee: $50

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WNEC Law School Community

WNEC Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Westernnewengland is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 23
  • Part Time: 17


  • # Female Faculty: 20
  • # Minority Faculty: 9


13.8 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: Yes

WNEC Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. WNEC Law School 1L section size is 89% smaller than law schools in Massachusetts and 64% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

WNEC Law School: 89
Massachusetts Average: 168
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 302
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 82

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 82
  • Law Journals: 67
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 19.2%
  • Second Year: 2.0%
  • Third Year: 1.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

WNEC Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The WNEC Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 78% with 0% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 76.1%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 38.0%
  • Business: 15.0%
  • Government: 22.0%
  • Public Interest: 4.0%
  • Academia: 10.0%
  • Massachusetts: 44%
  • Connecticut: 33%
  • New York: 12%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 76.1%
  • First Time Takers: 88
  • Average School: 73.1%
  • Average State: 84.6%
  • Pass Difference: -11.5%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Massachusetts: 83.2%
  • Passed: 33 of 45 (73.3%)
  • State Average: 84.6%
  • Difference: -9.8%