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Law Schools in Massachusetts

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Best Law Schools in Massachusetts

Given the competitive nature of law schools in Massachusetts, you can expect schools to be quite selective. For starters, most schools require students to have a bachelor’s degree in a related field such as criminology, counterterrorism, or criminal justice plus a high GPA and LSAT score to be considered. Students making the cut will spend around three years matriculating prior to earning a JD (Juris Doctor) degree. The JD degree is one of the qualifications for students in Massachusetts to earn before sitting for the state bar examination. Helpful associations in Massachusetts include the following: Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA), Bar Association of Massachusetts Municipal Attorneys, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association (MLGBA), and the Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA).

 

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Detailed List of Law Schools in Massachusetts (9 Schools)

Only law schools accredited by the American Bar Association - Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar are listed below. Other law schools may also exist in Massachusetts, however they are may not listed here.

Schools are sorted by size with the largest school first, based on the number of law students graduating each year.

Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

Visit the website for Harvard University at http://www.harvard.edu/

Program Details

  • Law program accredited since 1923
  • About 590 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $59,000 per year

Visit the website for Suffolk University at http://www.suffolk.edu/

Program Details

  • Law program accredited since 1953
  • About 460 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $47,000 per year

Visit the website for New England Law - Boston at http://www.nesl.edu

Program Details

  • About 340 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $47,000 per year

Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA

Visit the website for Boston College at http://www.bc.edu

Program Details

  • Law program accredited since 1932
  • About 250 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $50,000 per year

Visit the website for Boston University at http://www.bu.edu

Program Details

  • Law program accredited since 1925
  • About 210 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $50,000 per year

Visit the website for Northeastern University at http://www.northeastern.edu/

Program Details

  • Law program accredited since 1969
  • About 170 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $48,000 per year

Visit the website for Massachusetts School of Law at http://www.mslaw.edu

Program Details

  • About 110 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $1,000 per year

Visit the website for Western New England University at http://www.wne.edu

Program Details

  • Law program accredited since 1974
  • About 90 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $41,000 per year

Visit the website for University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth at http://www.umassd.edu/

Program Details

  • About 60 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $2,000 per year (Nonresidents: $8,000)

Average attorney salaries in Massachusetts range between $58,000 to $164,000. The variety of employment options available to lawyers can result in a very broad pay range, however here is a list of average salaries from areas across Massachusetts.

  • Springfield: $118,000
  • Worcester: $108,000
  • Framingham: $153,000
  • Peabody, Salem, Beverly: $131,000
  • Lowell, Billerica, Chelmsford: $111,000

Lawyer's in Massachusetts Compared to Median Income Averages

+296% Above State Median Income

+328% Above National Median Income

Lawyer's in Massachusetts take home an average 76.33 per hour. Annual earnings for Lawyer's working in the State of Massachusetts average $158,760 which is 296% above the state median income and 328% above the national median income for all occupations. Employment for a Lawyer makes up just 0.50% of the working population in Massachusetts and is limited due to the specific qualifications required along with the schooling involved in this career path. The increasing demand for qualified Lawyers coupled with the educational barrier to enter the field is met with a steady supply of eager college graduates anxious to make a long-lasting impact in the lives of others in and around Massachusetts.

Average Income for a Lawyer in Massachusetts

Employment Median Hourly Wage Median Annual Wage
Massachusetts Lawyer 17,440 $76.33 $158,760
State Average 2,944,400 $19.28 $40,102.40
National Average 153,156,000 $17.82 $37,040
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
MEDIAN: $76.33
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both Massachusetts in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective lawyer school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.