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letters | In defense of new england law

Institution proud of education it provides

In the Jan. 13 story about New England Law, Boston, the Globe omitted several important facts and statistics about our law school and the legal education system despite our providing them (“A princely paycheck for dean of unheralded school,” Page A1).

Under dean John F. O’Brien’s leadership, an average of 90 percent of our graduates passed the bar exam on their first attempt over the past three years, which represents an improvement of nearly 20 points over five years, and ranks New England Law’s results in the middle of the nine law schools in Massachusetts.

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New England does not pay Supreme Court justices for speaking engagements at our school.

The Globe criticizes how many of the school’s graduates obtain jobs “requiring a law degree.” That phrase appeared in The Wall Street Journal and is not the terminology used by the American Bar Association, which is the official source of employment statistics. According to methodology provided by the National Association for Law Placement, 62.8 percent of our identified graduates in the class of 2011 obtained employment within nine months of graduation for which bar passage was required or for which the employer sought a person with a law degree.

The Globe’s reporting neglected to mention that New England Law’s employment statistics are comparable to those of law schools such as American, Pace, Suffolk, and New York Law School, and instead compares us to Harvard and Boston College.

We are proud of the education that we provide to our students. We believe that the bar pass rates cited above are a testament to the school’s quality, as is the success of so many of our alumni over our long history.

Sandy Goldsmith

Director of external relations

New England Law, Boston

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