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Northeastern University School of Law

This interdisciplinary graduate program is designed for students who want a solid background in public policy as well as law. The master's degree (MS) in Law & Public Policy is an interdisciplinary public policy program that prepares students for careers in government, non-profit and legal organizations, and research. Students first complete the law degree, taking the specific courses indicated. After completing the Juris Doctor (JD), students then take one year of courses in LPP, ending with a capstone course. The program covers a full range of strategies for creating policy change, including legislation, litigation, the ballot box, and civil action. Students engage in policy analysis and applied research that develops real-world solutions to public policy challenges.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 604
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 154 - 163
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.27 - 3.67
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 88.28%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 84.0%
Tuition $43,048

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About Northeastern University School of Law

This interdisciplinary graduate program is designed for students who want a solid background in public policy as well as law. The master's degree (MS) in Law & Public Policy is an interdisciplinary public policy program that prepares students for careers in government, non-profit and legal organizations, and research. Students first complete the law degree, taking the specific courses indicated. After completing the Juris Doctor (JD), students then take one year of courses in LPP, ending with a capstone course. The program covers a full range of strategies for creating policy change, including legislation, litigation, the ballot box, and civil action. Students engage in policy analysis and applied research that develops real-world solutions to public policy challenges.

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Northeastern University School of Law in Boston offers an absolute wealth of “practical hands-on learning,” a “public interest focus,” and “a very strong social-justice vibe.” “Hands down,” the best thing about this place is the cooperative legal education program. Students take traditional courses and have traditional semesters as 1Ls. Second- and third-year students are on a quarter system and “alternate classes with internships every three months.” By the time they graduate, students at Northeastern have had “four full-time, law-related jobs.” They are able to “test out different areas of the law” and gain “practical, real-world experience that most law students don’t get.” “Imagine leaving law school with forty-four weeks of legal experience on your resume,” says a 1L. “There are numerous participating employers and students can get a chance to go across the country” and “all over the world.” “I have had opportunities and experi­ences that I never would have had otherwise,” gloats a 2L, “including clerking for a judge and working for an international investment bank in New York City.” “Switching between co-op and classes every three months makes law school more bearable” as well. “You aren’t stuck in school all year long,” explains a 2L. “You go to school for eleven weeks, then you go do an awesome job.”Another unique feature at Northeastern is its evaluation system. There is no class rank here and there are no alphabet grades. Instead, students get narrative evaluations from both their professors and their co-op supervisors. Additionally, strong academic 2Ls and 3Ls receive honors and high honors designations. On one hand, “The grading system fosters a cooperative environment that really helps you learn from both the professors and the students you’re with.” On the other hand, “Excellent grades are indistinguish­able from good grades.” Regarding employment prospects after graduation, students say, “Northeastern has a great reputation in Boston.” It’s particularly awesome if you are looking to for a public interest career. If you want a job in the private sector, “The school prepares you well for that path,” but you “must plan carefully” when selecting courses.The faculty here is “overwhelmingly on the far left of the political spectrum.” There are many “shining stars in their specialties” who “know the material like champs.” Most professors are “extremely approachable” as well. There are also “a few egotistical night­mares,” though, and “way too many adjuncts.” Students happily attest that “administra­tors respond immediately to problems which are brought to their attention.” Facilities-wise, “The law campus is a little island in the undergrad campus, with two interconnected buildings of its very own and an underground labyrinth of offices, lockers, and study spaces.” “The old building is drafty.” The new building is “absolutely beautiful.” The library is “sunny and pleasant,” and “The library staff is phenomenal.” There are “plenty of places to study.” Classrooms are “bright and inviting,” “with large windows and state-of-the-art equipment, including outlets for laptops at all seats.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 226

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

Northeastern University School of Law's commitment to collaboration and cooperation extends far beyond our classrooms. In partnership with three other leading academic institutions, as well as well as three other Northeastern University graduate schools, we offer the following dual-degree programs: -JD/MA in Sustainable International Development with Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management-45 Months -JD/MELP Environmental Law and Policy with Vermont Law School-33 Months -JD/MPH with Tufts University School of Medicine-42 Months -JD/MBA with Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business Administration-45 months -JD/MBA/MS in Professional Accounting with Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business-45 Months -JD/MS in Law and Public Policy with Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs-45 Months -JD/MS in Music Industry Leadership with Northeastern University College of Arts, Media & Design – 45 months

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 85
Full-Time Faculty 38
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 7
Part-Time Faculty 40
Faculty Gender 55% Male
44% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 40% Male
60% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 54%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 4%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Ethnicity Unknown 11%
Black or African American 9%
Asian 9%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $43,048 Same as On-Campus
Housing $17,100 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $60,148 $43,048

Financial Aid

96% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$52,851 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $75

Incoming Class

Northeastern University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 154 - 163
LSAT Total 154 - 163

Northeastern University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.27 - 3.67
Total 3.27 - 3.67

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Resume, Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations

Optional: Work Experience, Academic GPA, Extracurricular Activities, Interview

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#1 Most Liberal Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 81%
First Time Pass Rate 88%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 87%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 35
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 84%
Average Starting Salary $51,312
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 24 14%
Firm Sized 11-25 4 2%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 2%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 3 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 6 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 4 2%
Business Industry 31 18%
Government 15 9%
Public Interest 50 29%
Federal Clerkship 4 2%
State Clerkship 11 6%
Academia 12 7%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 28 13%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 0%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 5%
CA 5%
MA 70%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Northeastern University School of Law include:

  • Margaret Hassan - Governor, State of New Hampshire
  • William "Mo" Cowan - United States Senator
  • Joel Goldberg - General Counsel, PerkinElmer
  • Scott Heekin-Canedy - President and General Manager, The New York Times
  • Mary Bonauto - Civil Rights Project Director, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

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