Hi Lawschlgirl,I work for MSL as well as our new sister school The American College of History and Legal Studies. We are honored that you are considering MSL, and I do want to correct some of the misconceptions of the two prior commenters.MSLaw students can in fact practice law in a number of states. MSLAW students are eligible to take the Bar immediately upon graduation in Massachusetts and in Connecticut. After passing Massachusetts they are immediately eligible to take the bar exam in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Wisconsin, California, West Virginia and Maryland. In addition, there are a number of jurisdictions where MSLAW graduates are eligible to take the bar after practicing for a prescribed period of time. These include:Alabama: By petition to the Alabama Supreme CourtAlaska: 5 yearsArizona: 5 yearsCalifornia: Immediately after passing bar of primary jurisdictionColorado: 5 YearsConnecticut: ImmediatelyFlorida: 10 YearsHawaii: 5 YearsKentucky: 3 YearsMaine: Immediately after passing bar of primary jurisdictionMaryland: MSLAW students have received individual permission after admission in MA Massachusetts ImmediatelyMissouri: 5 YearsNevada: By individual petition to the “Substantially equivalent committee”New Hampshire: Immediately after passing bar of primary jurisdictionNew Mexico: 4 YearsNew York: 5 YearsOregon: 3 YearsPennsylvania: 5 YearsRhode Island: 5 YearsTexas: 3 YearsVermont: ImmediatelyWashington: 3 YearsWest Virginia: Immediately after passing bar of primary jurisdictionWisconsin: Immediately after passing bar of primary jurisdictionWe are very proud of our record, including our recent victories in the regional competitions of national trial advocacy competitions (our team went to the national finals in the Thurgood Marshall Trial Advocacy Competition, having been beaten regionally only by Harvard, and will also went to the National Finals of the AAJ Trial competition, having beaten Syracuse and Roger Williams).I hope you won't hesitate to contact our admissions office if you have any further concerns. We would be honored to speak with you. We can be reached at 978.681.0800 ext. 148 best,Kathryn JonesManager of New MediaMassachusetts School of LawAmerican College of History and Legal Studies
HI (-;}From the start, MSL's pioneering mission has been to inexpensively provide rigorous legal education and social mobility to all students, including working class students, members of minorities and immigrants, all of whom traditionally would have been excluded from earning a law degree.
OK, so here's the dilema. Living in Maine, limited income, do I go to Mass Law or not? It seems to have a great reputation, however; the ABA accreditation is bugging me. We all have to pass the same bar exam, so does the "name brand" school make that much of a difference?