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Our programs leading to the Juris Doctor degree are designed to:

  • Prepare you to meet all bar requirements
  • Provide a comprehensive grounding in the core subjects of legal education
  • Teach you the skills that you will need to practice law in various settings
  • Provide practical, hands-on experience through clinics and field placements
  • Instill in you the values of practicing law in an ethical and professional manner

With a mission to pursue justice, UMass Law aims to:

  • Foster an intellectual climate that supports and encourages the exploration of public policy issues
  • Inspire you to consider public service law careers in underrepresented areas of the state
  • Increase the diversity of those who practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Encourage you to become professionally engaged in your community through clinics and internships
  • Provide a training context rooted in social justice issues and constitutional mandates for broader citizen access to counsel

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