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Northeastern University School of Law

Northeastern University School of Law
Motto Lux, Veritas, Virtus
Parent school Northeastern University
Established 1898
School type Private
Parent endowment $ 693.0 million (2016)[1]
Dean Jeremy Paul[2]
Location Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Enrollment 486[3]
Faculty 82~[3]
USNWR ranking 74[4]
Bar pass rate 83.49%[3]
ABA profile Northeastern University Law School Profile

Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL) is the law school of Northeastern University in Boston. The School of Law is nationally recognized for its public interest law and cooperative legal education programs.[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] It was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1969.[8]

Cooperative Legal Education Program

The School of Law offers a Cooperative Legal Education Program which includes four 3-month internships in law offices, judges' chambers and other organizations throughout the world. More than 900 employers participate in the School of Law's 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

Northeastern University School of Law's LLM program 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.

Executive Master of Laws (LLM) Program

Northeastern University School of Law's Executive LLM program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals who want a program that is compatible with their busy lives. Combining just two 3-month terms on our Boston campus with a flexible schedule of on-line study, the Executive LLM is the feasible alternative for those who wish to advance their careers by Mastering the complexities of US law at a pace that works for them.

Master of Legal Studies (MLS) Program

Northeastern University School of Law's 100 percent online MLS program is designed specifically for non-lawyer professionals seeking the practical legal knowledge they need for career success.


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 2016-2017 academic year is $67,509.[9]

Other notable features

The School of Law is recognized as one of the top public interest law schools in the nation.[10] 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] 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.[citation needed]

Northeastern is #1 for "Practical Training," according to The National Jurist.[12]

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.[13]

Northeastern is one of the top 10 "Most Diverse Law Schools" according to The National Jurist.[14]

Northeastern is one of the "Top Five Overlooked Law Schools" in the nation according to the website Above the Law.[15]



  1. ^ As of June 30, 2016. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2015 to FY 2016" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. 2017. 
  2. ^ "Welcome from Dean Jeremy Paul". Northeastern University School of Law. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Northeastern University Law School ABA 509 Report
  4. ^ "Best Law School". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 8 May 2018. 
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  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. ^ "Best schools for public interest law | the National Jurist". Retrieved 2015-12-14. 
  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. 
  12. ^ Mike, Stetz. "Best Schools for Practical Training". The National Jurist. 
  13. ^ "The Best 172 Law Schools". The Princeton Review. 
  14. ^ "Diversity Honor Roll". The National Jurist. 
  15. ^ "From the ATL Insider Survey: Overlooked Firms and Schools". Above the Law. Retrieved 2015-12-14. 

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