New England Law | Boston was founded in 1908 as a law school exclusively for female law students and was originally named Portia Law School. It accommodated women who wanted to get legal education but were not accepted by other institutions. For several decades, most of the successful female Massachusetts bar exam candidates were Portia Law School alumni.
From its humble but prestigious beginnings, the Law School has gone through a dramatic transformation into what we now know as New England Law | Boston. It is now coeducational with a diverse student population. It boasts of new and modern facilities, an expanded curriculum, and a faculty with top-tier legal credentials.
Part of the Law School's offering is an LLM in American Law designed for foreign-trained lawyers who want to gain enhanced legal education about the American law and legal systems. LLM students will have the opportunity of specializing in various legal fields including the following:
- Business Law
- Civil Litigation
- Criminal Law
- Tax Law
- Family Law
- Real Estate/Land Use Law
- Environmental Law
- Intellectual Property/High Technology Law
- International Law
- Trusts and Estates Law
- Public Interest Law
The LLM program has only one intake, i.e., August of each year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and for the Fall 2018 LLM classes, the deadline is 15 March 2018. The tuition fee for the 2017-2018 LLM program was US$47,912 and the 2018 LLM tuition is expected to be around the same amount. To be eligible, applicants must have a law degree or its equivalent taken outside the U.S. and must have a TOEFL score of 100 (internet-based), among others.
Applications may be sent online through the LSAC or mailed directly to the New England Law | Boston Office of Admissions. LLM students are normally eligible for financial assistance.