Legal Education

U Mass Welcomes 1st Law School Class

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Last year, there were only only 73 students in the first-year class at Southern New England School of Law.

But now that it has been donated to the University of Massachusetts, applications are snowballing. The U Mass School of Law-Dartmouth has 182 students registered to start in its inaugural class on Monday; 475 applied to be a part of the school’s historic first year for first-years, reports the Herald News.

Already, there have been 1,000 inquiries from individuals interested in being a part of the class of 2011.

Although the law school isn’t yet accredited by the American Bar Association, students are optimistic that it will be by the time they graduate, the newspaper says. U Mass plans to spend $13.8 million over the next five years to try to qualify for accreditation, and hopes to be provisionally accredited by the 2011-2012 school year.

Earlier coverage: “U Mass Prez Backs Plan to Create State’s 1st Public Law School” “Southern New England-Turned-UMass Law School Gets 400 Applications”

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