Law School, local

From Andover Answers
Revision as of 11:54, 22 June 2013 by Kim (Talk)

Jump to: navigation, search

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.


  • Against the Tide by Debbie Hagan. 2004 (Andover Room R 340.071 Hag)
  • Massachusetts School of Law Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, September 5,2012.
  • "Changes in law-school accrediting resolve federal antitrust cast," The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 7, 1995, p. A23.
  • "Settlement will mean changes in ABA's accreditation process," The National Law Journal, July 10, 1995, p. A15?.
  • "Andover Law School Continues Fight with ABA," Andover Townsman, June 22, 2000, p.6.
  • "Andover Law School guilty of Unique Style," Andover Townsman, November 25, 2004.
  • "11 Telly Awards: Judges in Tune with Law School's Cable Shows," Andover Townsman, March 17, 2005.
  • "Law School Students Place Third at National Mock Trial," Eagle Tribune, April 23, 2008.
  • "Law School Dean to Plan War Crimes Trial for Bush," Andover Townsman, June 26, 2008, p.1, 4.

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

back to Main Page