Northeastern University

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400 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

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The School of Law at Northeastern University has an application deadline of March 1. The full-time program application fee at the School of Law at Northeastern University is $75. Its tuition is full-time: $43,910 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 15.6:1. The School of Law at Northeastern University has 74 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

Northeastern University Law School in Boston differentiates itself as institution through its long-standing Cooperative Legal Education Program. The law school calendar is yearly, and every quarter, second and third year law students alternate between taking classes or completing co-ops at firms, agencies, corporations, and more. (Some experiences are paid, and some are located abroad.) By the time law students graduate, they will have completed four co-op experiences, and Northeastern reports that about 40 percent of graduates find jobs through past co-ops.

When not completing co-ops, students can still get hands-on legal training in clinical programs, which address civil rights and restorative justice, poverty law and practice, prisoners’ rights, and others. Northeastern Law students are not assigned grades; instead, they are given written feedback from both professors and employers. Therefore, there are no class ranks or GPAs, either.

For students interested in completing a dual degree, there are a variety of options with other departments at Northeastern or at nearby institutions. For instance, students may choose to complete a J.D./M.B.A. in conjunction with the Northeastern University College of Business Administration or a J.D./Master of Sustainable International Development through the Brandeis University Heller School for Social Policy and Management. There is also a J.D./Master of Environmental Law and Policy dual degree offered through the Vermont Law School and a J.D./Master of Public Health offered in conjunction with the Tufts University School of Medicine.

Outside of classwork and co-op assignments, NUSL students can check out Northeastern Law School’s array of organizations, including the Health Law Society and the Human Rights Caucus, and may vie to participate with the Northeastern University Law Journal. Before graduation, students need to complete at least 30 hours of volunteer public interest work.

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Year founded 1898
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $75
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (617) 373-2395
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 74
Student-faculty ratio 15.6:1
Total faculty 82

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 569
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 225


Tuition and fees

full-time: $43,910 per year

Room and board $17,100


Employed at graduation2 N/A
Median private sector starting salary $51,000
Median public service starting salary $50,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 312,866

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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