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Graduation Requirements

  1. Successful completion of 88 credits, 64 of which are earned in courses that meet in regularly scheduled law school classes. Credits earned in independent studies, law review and moot court, and courses in joint-degree programs do not count towards the 64-credit requirement. 
  2. Minimum cumulative G.P.A. (grade point average) of 2.30 or above.
  3. Successful completion of all required courses taken in sequence.
  4. Successful completion of six experiential learning credits (LAWE).
  5. Successful completion of two designated writing courses (LAWW).
  6. Successful completion of 20 hours of pro bono law.
  7. A student may not take more than 29 credits in online J.D. classes.
  8. Student must be in good standing.
Students entering Fall 2022 and Thereafter

Students entering the fall of 2022 must meet all the requirements listed above, and in addition, take one Anti-Racism and Cultural Competency course (designated with LAWA in the course number).

Pro Bono Requirement

Western New England University School of Law has a long tradition of service in Springfield and surrounding communities. In the spring of 2011, the faculty of WNE Law acknowledged the importance of this service by adopting a pro bono graduation requirement. In order to graduate, students must complete 20 hours of pro bono service.

Pro Bono Requirement Details