Northeastern University School of Law

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Northeastern University School of Law
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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]
Website www.northeastern.edu/law/

Northeastern University School of Law (also known as NUSL) is the law school of Northeastern University. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the school was originally founded in 1898 as the Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Boston's evening law program.[1][5] Northeastern University School of Law closed in 1956 but was reopened in 1968.[1]

Today the school enrolls about 600 students[3] and offers Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees.[6] NUSL focuses on experiential education, guaranteeing its students a full year of practical legal work through the school's Cooperative Legal Education Program.[7]

U.S. News & World Report ranked Northeastern University School of Law 93rd in its 2014 ranking of American law schools.[4] According to NUSL's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 45.4% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.[8]

History[edit]

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.[5] The program was incorporated as an LL.B.-granting law school, the Evening School of Law of the Boston YMCA, in 1904.[5] 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.[9] 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.[9]

The school was renamed Northeastern University School of Law in 1922 and began admitting women that year.[5] 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.[5] 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.[10]

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.

With cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students a full year of practical legal work over the course of a three year curriculum. All students participate in four, full-time legal placements, called "co-ops," and can choose from the more than 900 employers worldwide participating in the school’s Cooperative Legal Education Program. 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.

Post-graduation employment[edit]

ABA Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates[11]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed - Bar Passage Required
  
53.21%
Employed - J.D. Advantage
  
25.23%
Employed - Professional Position
  
3.67%
Employed - Non-Professional Position
  
0.46%
Employed - Undeterminable
  
0.0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
  
0.92%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
  
0.46%
Unemployed - Not Seeking
  
1.38%
Unemployed - Seeking
  
12.84%
Employment Status Unknown
  
1.83%
Total of 218 Graduates

According to Northeastern University School of Law's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 45.4% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.[8] NUSL ranked 152nd out of the 201 ABA-approved law schools in terms of the percentage of 2013 graduates with non-school-funded, full-time, long-term, bar passage required jobs nine months after graduation.[12]

Northeastern University School of Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 38.5%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[13] 82.6% of the Class of 2013 was employed in some capacity while 0.9% were pursuing graduate degrees and 14.7% were unemployed nine months graduation.[8]

Massachusetts was the primary employment destination for 2013 NUSL graduates, with 70% of employed graduates working in the state.[8]

Costs[edit]

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.[14] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $238,203.[15]

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, 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

Alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "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 c "Section of Legal Education ABA Required Disclosures". American Bar Association. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Northeastern University". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Northeastern Timeline". Northeastern University. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Quick Facts". Northeastern University School of Law. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "The leader in experiential education". Northeastern University School of Law. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Section of Legal Education - Employment Summary Report". American Bar Association. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ "Alphabetical School List". American Bar Association. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates". 
  12. ^ Leichter, Matt. "Class of 2013 Employment Report". The Law School Tuition Bubble. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Northeastern University Profile". Law School Transparency. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Student Expense Budgets". 
  15. ^ "Northeastern University Profile". 

External links[edit]

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