Northeastern University School of Law

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Northeastern University School of Law
Established 1898
Type Private
Endowment $8,905,474 in 2003[1]
Dean Jeremy Paul
Students 670
Location Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Campus Urban

Northeastern University School of Law is a law school in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, founded in 1898.

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. With cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students an unparalleled full year of practical legal work. All students participate in four, full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 900 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education for the past 45 years, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.


Northeastern University School of Law was founded by the Boston Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in 1898. It started as a series of evening law courses, the first in Boston, and was incorporated as an LL.B.-granting law school, the Evening School of Law of the Boston YMCA, in 1904. Additional campuses were opened in Worcester (1917), Springfield (1917), and Providence, Rhode Island (1920). It was renamed Northeastern University School of Law in 1922 and started admitting women. The school closed in 1956 due to declining enrollment and financial difficulties. It reopened in 1968 with Cooperative Legal Education at the heart of its approach to experience-based learning.

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.

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.

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



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