History 

Located: Boston, Massachusetts
Founded: 1898

Degree Programs Offered

Juris Doctor (JD)
Master of Laws (LLM)

Class of 2016 Statistics*

Applications Received: 3,116 
Enrolled: 185
Women: 60%
Men: 40%
Students of Color: 31%
  • American Indian or Alaska Native 2% 
  • Asian 26% 
  • Black or African American 26% 
  •  Hispanic or Latino 35% 
  •  Multiracial 11%
Average Age: 25
Middle 50% GPA: 3.27 - 3.69 (25th-75th percentiles)
Median GPA: 3.53 
Middle 50% LSAT: 153 - 162 (25th-75th percentiles)
Median LSAT: 161
LGBT Students: 14%
Outside Massachusetts: 62%

*LSAT/UGPA percentiles were calculated by the Law School Admission Council based on matriculant lists provided by Northeastern University School of Law to the ABA.

Graduation Requirements and Grading System

Graduation Requirements:
  • Completion of  53 quarter credits and 34 semester credits
  • Completion of four, full-time legal internships (co-ops)
  • Completion of upper-level writing requirement
  • Fulfillment of Public Interest Requirement

Grading System:
Narrative evaluations in each academic course in lieu of alphabetic or numeric grades, with honorifics in the upper-level years.

Graduation and Attrition Rates

Class of 2013:
  • Matriculated: 220
  • Graduation rate: 95.5%*
  • Attrition rate: 4.5%
*including students enrolled in dual-degree programs, graduating 2014

Annual Fees 

Tuition $44,000 (2014-2015 academic year, first-year students)
Student Activity Fee  $26
Campus Recreation Fee  $92
Medical Insurance  $2,249 
Books & Supplies  $1,500
Living Allowance  $17,100
Loan Origination Fees  $99
Transportation $900
Total: $63,517

Students Receiving Financial Assistance: 93%

Faculty  

Full-time total (including specialists): 45
Women: 53.3%
Men: 46.7%
Faculty of Color: 24.4%  

Educational Opportunities

Clinical Programs
  • Community Business Clinic
  • Civil Rights and Restorative Justice
  • Criminal Advocacy
  • Domestic Violence
  • Poverty Law and Practice
  • Prisoners’ Rights
  • Public Health
Institutes and Special Programs
  • Civil Rights and Restorative Justice
  • Domestic Violence Institute
  • Program on Health Policy and Law
  • Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy
  • Public Health Advocacy Institute
Dual-Degree Programs
  • Sustainable International Development (MA: Brandeis University)
  • Environmental Law (MELP: Vermont Law School)
  • Public Health (MPH: Tufts University School of Medicine)
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Accounting (MS/MBA)
  • Law and Public Policy (MS)
LLM Dual-Degree Programs
      • Business Administration (MBA)
      • Sustainable International Development (MA: Brandeis University)
      LLM Specializations
      • Health Policy and Law
      • Human Rights
      • Law and Economic Devlopment

Cooperative Legal Education

Northeastern’s unique approach to training lawyers is known as cooperative legal education. Students complete a traditional first year of academic study; for the remaining two years, they alternate between quarters of full-time jobs ("co-ops") in the legal workplace and attending classes. Through their co-op experiences, students acquire an array of legal skills, observe different approaches to the practice of law and determine for themselves which areas of the law most interest them.

Number of participating employers: 900
Number of states/countries/etc. represented: 40 

Bar Passage and Careers

Class of 2013 Major Areas of Legal Practice:
  • Law Firms: 34% 
  • Public Interest: 17%
  • Business: 16%
  • Academic: 15% 
  • Government: 12% 
  • Judicial Clerkships: 6%

Massachusetts Bar Passage Rate for First-Time Takers:
  • 2013: 88%
  • 2012: 84%
  • 2011: 91%
  • 2010: 89%

For information about our graduates' fields of practice, visit our employment statistics page.

ABA Standard 509: Consumer Information

For a complete report of the School of Law's Consumer Information, we provide a copy of our ABA Standard 509 report (as of October 5, 2013).