On February 2, 2010, UMass Dartmouth was authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to grant the Juris Doctor degree. The law program will be built upon a $23 million donation of assets including a building, land, library, and technology from the Southern New England School of Law.
Nestled amongst the pines and cedars in rural Massachusetts, between the Paskamansett River and the coastline of Buzzards Bay, UMass Law’s primary objective is to educate men and women for membership in the legal profession.
The law school offers its students the intellectual and practical training necessary for the practice of law and instills in them an appreciation of the human qualities necessary to create a satisfying and meaningful career.
Southern New England School of Law was established in 1981 by a group of civic-minded citizens of the Massachusetts South Coast and Rhode Island dedicated to breaking down the financial, geographical, and temporal barriers to legal education. Its modern 75,000 square foot facility on 8.5 acres of land opened in 1993.
The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees voted in 2009 to authorize UMass Dartmouth to offer the JD degree and accept the law school’s donation of assets, valued at