University of Massachusetts School of Law
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|University of Massachusetts School of Law|
|Location||North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA|
The University of Massachusetts School of Law is a public law school located in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. It is the successor to Southern New England School of Law, a private law school that donated its campus and its assets to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. It is provisionally accredited by the American Bar Association.
A plan to convert private law school Southern New England School of Law (SNESL) into a public law school for the University of Massachusetts system was first proposed in early 2004. The plan would establish the first public law school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and only the fifth public law school in New England. The Trustees of the University of Massachusetts system voted in favor of the proposal in December 2004, but the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education rejected it in early 2005 as fiscally unsound.
The proposal was brought again in October 2009, when Southern New England School of Law offered to donate real estate, facility, technology and library assets to UMass Dartmouth for the purpose of creating a public law program in Massachusetts. These assets had an estimated value of more than $22 million and would be the second largest donation in the 146-year history of the University of Massachusetts system. The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees approved the plan on December 9, 2009 and the Commonwealth's Board of Higher Education did likewise on February 2, 2010.
The first class matriculated in August 2010.
In June 2012, the School of Law received provisional accreditation from the American Bar Association after an eight-year quest by SNESL and UMSOL.
The University plans to expand the school from its current size of 235 students to 559 by 2017.
UMass Law does not release data regarding the employment status of its graduates.
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- Southern New England School of Law, the predecessor institution
- Carmichael, Mary (12). "UMass Law wins ABA accreditation after eight-year battle for respect". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
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- "July 2011 Massachusetts Bar Examination Results". Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners. Retrieved 27 July 2012.
- "February 2012 Massachusetts Bar Examination Results". Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners. Retrieved 19 June 2012.