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|Northeastern University School of Law|
|Motto||Lux, Veritas, Virtus|
|Parent school||Northeastern University|
|Parent endowment||$ 693.0 million (2016)|
|Location||Boston, Massachusetts, USA|
|Bar pass rate||83.49%|
|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.
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. The program was incorporated as an LL.B.-granting law school, the Evening School of Law of the Boston YMCA, in 1904. 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. 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.
The school was renamed Northeastern University School of Law in 1922 and began admitting women that year. 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. It was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1969.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Northeastern is #1 for "Practical Training," according to The National Jurist.
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 the website Above the Law.