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Massachusetts School of Law at Andover

    500 Federal Street
    Andover, Ma 01810
    Phone: 978-681-0800
    Web Site:

The Massachusetts School of Law, located on Federal Street, was founded in 1988 to provide "entry to the legal profession for working-class students". From the beginning, the school had difficulty getting American Bar Association accreditation. This made it impossible for students to sit for the bar examination or practice outside of Massachusetts. after the school petitioned the ABA for many years, about 8 states allowed MSL graduates to work as licensed lawyers. MSL, Dean Lawrence Velvel, and, eventually, the Department of Justice attacked the so-called anti-competitive rules of ABA accreditation by filing an antitrust suit against the ABA. The school continues to sponsor controversial talks and programs. Alumni of the school include 4 state representatives, including Barry Finegold, and one state senator.

[1]*Andover Law School Continues Fight with ABA.] Andover Townsman June 22, 2000, p.6.

  • Andover Law School guilty of Unique Style. Andover Townsman 11/25/2004
  • 11 Telly Awards: Judges in Tune with Law School's Cable Shows. Andover Townsman 3/17/2005
  • Law School Students Place Third at National Mock Trial. Eagle Tribune 4/23/2008,
  • Law School Dean to Plan War Crimes Trial for Bush. Andover Townsman 6/26/2008, p.1, 4.
  • see Andover File--Schools, Private, Massachusetts School of Law

--Eleanor 19:00, December 21, 2006 (EST)--Leslie 17:58, September 5, 2012 (EDT)

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