ACCREDITATION & BAR ELIGIBILITY - Massachusetts School of Law
The Massachusetts School of Law at Andover is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and is authorized to grant the degree of Juris Doctor by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.
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 the period of time listed below.
Jurisdictions where MSLAW graduates may be admitted to the bar:
- Alabama: By petition to the Alabama Supreme Court
- Alaska: 5 years
- Arizona: 5 years
- California: Immediately after passing bar of primary jurisdiction
- Colorado: 5 Years
- Connecticut: Immediately
- Florida: 10 Years
- Hawaii: 5 Years
- Kentucky: 3 Years
- Maine: Immediately after passing bar of primary jurisdiction
- Maryland: MSLAW students have received individual permission after admission in MA Massachusetts Immediately
- Minnesota: Immediately after passing bar of primary jurisdiction
- Missouri: 5 Years
- Nevada: By individual petition to the "Substantially equivalent committee"
- New Hampshire: Immediately after passing bar of primary jurisdiction
- New Mexico: 4 Years
- New York: 5 Years
- Oregon: 3 Years
- Pennsylvania: 5 Years
- Rhode Island: 5 Years
- Texas: 3 Years
- Vermont: Immediately
- Washington: 3 Years
- West Virginia: Immediately after passing bar of primary jurisdiction
- Wisconsin: Immediately after passing bar of primary jurisdiction
This list is not exhaustive and, because states sometimes change rules regarding admission requirements to the bar, you should contact the bar authorities in the jurisdiction that is of interest to youin order to receive the most up-to date rules.