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In many ways, litigation is the legal profession as you probably know it best: lawyers at trial, representing their client before a judge. But litigation is not all courtroom drama and lawsuits. The Litigation concentration at New England Law | Boston will prepare you for the many facets of this exciting legal specialty.
Learn more about our concentration in Litigation
Learn more about our concentration in Litigation

Litigation is a diverse legal specialty that can lead to an exhilarating career. The Litigation concentration at New England Law prepares students to become both criminal and civil litigators with a program that places equal emphasis on academics and developing real-world skills through many hands-on learning opportunities.

What Do Litigators Do?

Broadly, a litigator represents parties in disputes in state and federal court, in administrative tribunals, and in arbitration and mediation. Some litigators specialize in a particular area like employment law, securities regulation, real estate, or patents; others have wide-reaching practices and will represent clients in various types of cases.

A litigator’s work may also include preparing for trials—or steering their clients toward a beneficial settlement. This might involve drafting pleadings, gathering evidence, developing a trial strategy, choosing jurors, and arguing in court, among other responsibilities. As is the case with much of the legal profession, litigators do a considerable amount of research in preparing for their cases, as well as writing various memoranda, briefs, and motions.

You can find litigators working in many legal environments, everywhere from nonprofit organizations and public defender offices to law firms of various sizes to every level of government.

Among the many benefits of becoming a litigator, you may find career satisfaction in helping clients toward a favorable outcome, the excitement of going to trial, and the security of an in-demand legal niche.

Related: Everything You Need to Know About Becoming a Litigator

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Students in our Litigation concentration program have access to the following hands-on learning experiences, among others:

Litigation Courses

In addition to their foundational legal coursework, students pursuing a concentration in Litigation can choose among many exciting elective classes to meet their credit requirements. To complete a concentration in Litigation, students must earn 10 credits by completing courses from the following list.

  • Clinical Evidence
  • Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence
  • Federal Courts
  • Federal Courts Clinic
  • Government Lawyer Clinic
  • Honors Judicial Internship
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Lawyering Process
  • Massachusetts Practice and Procedure
  • Massachusetts Practice Clinic
  • Mediation
  • Remedies
  • Negotiation
  • Perspectives: Evidence and Advocacy
  • Trial Practice

Litigation Faculty


Advisor: Jordan M. Singer

AB Harvard College
JD Harvard Law School

Before coming to New England Law, Professor Singer served as director of research for the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver. His focus was on aspects of civil procedure and process, judicial selection, and judicial performance evaluation, and he authored numerous institute publications. He had previously served as a senior litigation associate with Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston. Learn more


Russell Engler

BA Yale University
JD Harvard Law School

Professor Engler directs the law school’s clinical programs. His scholarly interests include ethical issues, the delivery of legal services to the poor, Civil Gideon, and legal education. He also directs the Public Service Project of the law school’s Center for Law and Social Responsibility. Learn more


Lawrence Friedman

BA Connecticut College
JD Boston College Law School
LLM Harvard Law School

A recognized expert on constitutional law, Professor Friedman teaches Information Privacy Law, National Security Law, and Constitutional Law. Before joining the New England Law faculty, he was a visiting assistant professor of law at Boston College Law School and a lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. Learn more

Professor Caryn Mitchell-Munevar

Caryn R. Mitchell-Munevar

BA New England College
JD New England Law | Boston

Professor Mitchell-Munevar supervises students in the law school’s Clinical Law Office and is co-director of the law school’s Charles Hamilton Houston Enrichment Program. Learn more


Charles W. Sorenson, Jr.

BA University of Colorado, Boulder
MA University of California, Riverside
JD University of Nebraska College of Law

Professor Sorenson teaches Civil Procedure, Comparative Civil Rights Enforcement, Federal Courts, and The Law and Ethics of Lawyering. He has supervised the law school’s judicial internship programs and directed the summer abroad program in Galway, Ireland. Learn more