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Academic areas of focus 

UMass Law is pleased to offer five optional areas of focus in your study of law: public interest & government law, family law, business law, criminal law, and immigration law. Those who choose to specialize in their legal studies can select courses within each area of focus while gaining hands-on experience in our legal clinics and internship programs. While providing quality legal representation to clients in need, you can develop technical lawyering skills and confront the ethical issues that present themselves daily in the practice of law.

Public Interest & Government Law

One of the strongest academic areas at UMass Law, a concentration in public interest & government law will prepare students for a career that includes work in local, state, or federal government; at non-for-profit organizations engaged in public service; pro bono legal service; or a law clinic associated with a law school. 

Family Law

The study of family law focuses on state statutes and case law relating to families, parents and children, marriage, marital assets, separation agreements, divorce, and custody and visitation rights. 

Criminal Law

Criminal law is the study of the essential principles relating to substantive crimes and defenses. 

Business Law

Business law involves the study of state regulations, requirements, and contracts for all types of business organizations, from sole proprietorships to partnerships to corporations. 

Immigration Law

Immigration law is the study of rules relating to immigration court proceedings to include the deportation process, employment and education visas, potential deportation offenses, and asylum. 

Note: Current UMass Law students interested in focusing in an area of study should speak with their faculty advisor. Prospective UMass Law students can contact Law Admissions to learn more. 

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