University of Massachusetts School of Law -Dartmouth University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

University of Massachusetts School of Law -Dartmouth University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Dartmouth, MA
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
June 30
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


UMass School of Law Dartmouth More Than 20 Years in the Making

The University of Massachusetts School of Law- Dartmouth (UMass Law) was established in 2010 through the acquisition of the Southern New England School of Law, which granted Juris Doctor degrees to students for more than 20 years prior to becoming the UMass School of Law - Dartmouth. The UMass School of Law - Dartmouth is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to award the Juris Doctor degree.

A Diverse and Affordable School of Law

The University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth breaks down the financial, geographic, and temporal barriers to legal education. It is among the most affordable law schools in New England and the only law school in southeastern Massachusetts.

Each UMass Law student is treated as an individual. The school welcomes the varied backgrounds and experiences of all its students. Prospective students are evaluated on an individual basis to assure that their abilities and potential are recognized.

Options for Obtaining a Juris Doctor Degree from UMass Law

UMass Law offers 3 programs leading to the Juris Doctor degree: a full-time day program, a part-time day program, and an evening/weekend program.

The school also participates in 2 joint degree programs which allow students to earn a Master of Business Administration degree or a Master of Public Policy degree simultaneously with the Juris Doctor degree.

The university also offers a "3-plus-3" program that permits qualifying undergraduates to substitute the first year at the law school for the senior year at the university, earning both a bachelor's degree and a Juris Doctor degree in 6 rather than 7 years.

UMass Law Education Combines Tradition and Innovation

Students enrolled at UMass School of Law - Dartmouth not only receive a comprehensive traditional legal education but also complete a 3-semester requirement in legal skills. This innovative approach ensures graduates learn fundamental lawyering skills in addition to core legal knowledge.

Legal skills instruction includes fact-gathering, legal research and writing, interviewing, counseling, oral advocacy, and negotiation. The program has a significant simulation component, sometimes called the "law firm" model.

Focus on Community Law and Citizen Lawyers Differentiates UMass Law

Along with courses in both statutory and case law, UMass Law students are required to take law practice courses that offer a variety of opportunities for independent work and internships. For example, students may work in civil legal clinics to assist low-income clients in a variety of civil matters or may access an extensive clerking program.

To promote the legal skills required for graduates to help members of their own communities -- "citizen lawyers" -- students must complete 30 hours of pro bono legal work as part of their JD degree requirement.

Law and Business Joint Degree Program

Students enrolled in the Juris Doctor (JD)/Master in Business Administration (MBA) joint degree program at the University of Massachusetts School of Law- Dartmouth integrate advanced business management studies with law school education. This joint degree program is offered through the university's Charlton College of Business and the UMass School of Law - Dartmouth.

The Charlton College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest international accreditation standard for schools of business and one held by fewer than 30 percent of the business schools in the nation.

Law and Public Policy Joint Degree Program

The joint Juris Doctor (JD)/Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree allows students to develop advanced policy analysis skills while obtaining a complete legal education. Career tracks available to J.D./M.P.P. graduates are both national and international in scope and can develop in a variety of private sector, government agency, or political settings.


Full-time faculty members at the University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth have substantial academic and practice experience. Their expertise includes immigration law, constitutional law, criminal law, corporate law, commercial law, bankruptcy law, family law, intellectual property law, cyber law, and international law.

Some full-time faculty members in other departments at UMass - Dartmouth hold JD degrees. Interacting with them can provide opportunities for law school students to explore such law-related areas as forensics, crime and justice, sociology, environmental sustainability, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility.

Extensive Legal Career Guidance, Services, and Network

UMass School of Law - Dartmouth Career Services Office helps students and graduates make informed decisions about career paths; develop personal strategies to obtain career goals; and instills in each student the responsibility to act ethically and honestly throughout the job search process.

The Career Services Office of UMass Law is one of the most extensive law student support organizations in the country. In addition to internships, judicial clerkships, pro bono opportunities, career forums, special events, and "brown bag lunch topics," the office uses the Simplicity Services Manager Law Edition software platform to provide online access to current employment opportunities for both students and graduates.

Scholarships and Financial Aid at UMass School of Law

In addition to state and federal financial aid, the University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth offers scholarships, loan programs, and payment plans to help students and their families with educational expenses. The law school also offers scholarships, fellowships, waivers to those who qualify.

A number of need-based scholarships, provided by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Foundation, are also awarded yearly.

Living in Southeastern Massachusetts

Nestled among the pines and cedars in rural Massachusetts, between the Paskamansett River and the coastline of Buzzards Bay, University of Massachusetts School of Law -Dartmouth's campus is located in the famous SouthCoast region of Massachusetts.

The SouthCoast region of Massachusetts offers residents endless beaches and ocean sports. Restaurants appeal to every culinary taste from exotic to home-style. Cultural events include a nationally recognized symphony, live theatre, world class museums, preserved historic districts, colorful ethnic celebrations, and more.

Location & Contact

University of Massachusetts School of Law -Dartmouth

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

333 Faunce Corner Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747-1252
United States

Mary Lu Bilek

Dean, University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth

Phone: 508-985-1149
Fax: 508-985-1104

Mr. Daniel Fitzpatrick

Interim Associate Dean

Phone: 508-985-1109
Fax: 508-985-1104

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Law Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 79
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


64% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 627
    • Accepted 406
    • Acceptance Rate 64
    • Enrolled 72
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline June 30th May 30th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesLSAT, CAS report, 2 letters of recommendation or evaluations, resume, and statement of intent, offical transcripts
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL recommended, 533 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 15
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, summer stipends

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students214
    • Female Percentage51%
    • Male Percentage49%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students214
    • Part-time Percentage41%
    • Full-time Percentage59%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American9%
    • White / Caucasian71%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races4%
    • Unknown4%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty27
    • Full-time Percentage63%
    • Part-time Percentage37%
    • Female Percentage44%
    • Male Percentage56%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchDomestic drones and privacy rights, freedom of information law, Constitutionality of gay marriage, surveillance and third-party privacy, cyber crime
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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