Northeastern University School of Law

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Northeastern University School of Law
Parent school Northeastern University
Established 1898[1]
School type Private
Dean Jeremy Paul[2]
Location Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Enrollment 604[3]
Faculty 82[3]
USNWR ranking 93[4]

Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL) operates the longest running and most successful experience-based legal education program in the nation. From the founding of its Cooperative Legal Education Program in 1968 to its ongoing reforms and initiatives, it continues to lead the academy in its commitment to experiential education.

Today the school offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.).[5]


Northeastern University School of Law was founded by the Young Men's Christian Association(YMCA) of Greater Boston in 1898 as the first evening law program in the city.[6] The program was incorporated as an LL.B.-granting law school, the Evening School of Law of the Boston YMCA, in 1904.[6] Additional campuses of the YMCA Law School were opened in Worcester, Massachusetts by 1917 and in Springfield, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island by 1921, although those branches were all closed by 1942.[7] In its early days, the school "saw itself as the working man's alternative to the elite schools" and "boasted of being 'An Evening Law School with Day School Standards,'" using the case method of teaching, according to legal historian Robert Stevens.[7]

The school was renamed Northeastern University School of Law in 1922 and began admitting women that year.[6] NUSL was accredited by the University of the State of New York in 1943 and became a member of the Association of American Law Schools in 1945.[6] However, the school closed in 1956 due to declining enrollment and financial difficulties.[1]

NUSL reopened in 1968 with an emphasis on cooperative legal education.[1] It was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1969.[8]

Cooperative education program[edit]

The School of Law offers a Cooperative Legal Education Program. This program provides all students with a full year of hands-on legal experience gained through four, three-month internships in law offices, judge’s chambers and other organizations throughout the world. More than 900 employers participate in the School of Law's program. By completing work placements with four different legal employers, students have the opportunity to experience the actual practice of law and to integrate practical experience with a theoretical foundation of in-depth classroom study. To accommodate this schedule, the academic year for second and third year students is broken into four quarters, with students alternating between classroom instruction and legal internships, in a program that is designed to blend theory and practice and provide students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.

Master of Laws (LLM) Program[edit]

Northeastern University School of Law’s LLM program offers law graduates from around the world the opportunity to study at the nation’s top experiential law school. This hands-on LLM program is unique: based on Northeastern’s Cooperative Legal Education Program, the LLM offers qualified students an 11-week, full-time legal practice experience (co-op). The LLM program offers a number of concentrations and dual-degree programs.


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) for first-year students at Northeastern University School of Law for the 2014-2015 academic year is $64,717.[9] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $238,203.[10]

Other notable features[edit]

The School of Law is recognized as one of the top public interest law schools in the nation. All students are required to complete a public interest co-op, and many students participate in the school's clinics and institutes, such as the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project,[11] which are dedicated to challenging existing boundaries of law in pursuit of economic and social justice. In addition, all students are required to complete a year-long social justice project during their first year. Graduates of the School of Law enter public interest careers at a rate three to five times the national average for all law school graduates.

The Princeton Review's “The Best 172 Law Schools” ranks Northeastern #2 among all the law schools for both providing the “best environment” for minority students and for having the “most liberal” students.

Northeastern is one of the top 10 “Most Diverse Law Schools” according to The National Jurist.

Northeastern is one of the "Top Five Overlooked Law Schools" in the nation according to Above the Law.

WorldWideLearn, an online educational resource, says the Northeastern law website is among "20 Law School Websites That Set the Bar High."

The law school publishes an award-winning magazine, Northeastern Law Magazine



  1. ^ a b c "History and Mission". Northeastern University School of Law. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Welcome from Dean Jeremy Paul". Northeastern University School of Law. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Section of Legal Education ABA Required Disclosures". American Bar Association. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Northeastern University". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Quick Facts". Northeastern University School of Law. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Northeastern Timeline". Northeastern University. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Bocking Stevens, Robert (1983). Law School: Legal Education in America from the 1850s to the 1980s. Union, New Jersey: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Alphabetical School List". American Bar Association. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Student Expense Budgets". 
  10. ^ "Northeastern University Profile". 
  11. ^ "The Goal: To Remember Each Jim Crow Killing, From The '30s On". NPR. January 3, 2015. Archived from the original on January 3, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 

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Coordinates: 42°20′21.15″N 71°5′26.93″W / 42.3392083°N 71.0908139°W / 42.3392083; -71.0908139