History 

Located: Boston, Massachusetts
Founded: 1898

Degree Programs Offered

Class of 2018 Statistics*

Applications Received: 2,965
Enrolled: 142
Women: 65%
Men: 35%
Students of Color: 29%

Asian 22% 
Black or African American 20% 
Hispanic or Latino 46%
Multiracial 12%

Average Age: 25
Middle 50% GPA: 3.30-3.73 (25th-75th percentiles) 
Median GPA: 3.55
Middle 50% LSAT: 152-162 (25th-75th percentiles) 
Median LSAT: 161 
LGBT Students: 8.5%
Work or Life Experience Post-Undergraduate: 63%

*as of August 31, 2015

Graduation Requirements and Grading System

Principal Graduation Requirements:

  • Completion of 53 upper-level quarter credits and 34 first-year 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, credit/no credit, and/or honorifics in lieu of alphabetic or numeric grades.

Graduation and Attrition Rates

Class of 2015:

  • Matriculated: 170
  • Graduation rate: 91%
  • Attrition rate: 9%

*including students enrolled in dual-degree programs, graduating 2015

Annual Fees 

Tuition $47,790  (2016-2017 academic year, first-year students)
Student Activity Fee  $28
Campus Recreation Fee  $92
Books & Supplies  $1,500
Living Allowance $17,100
Loan Origination Fee $99
Transportation $900
Total: $67,509

Students Receiving Financial Assistance: 88%

Faculty  

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

Educational Opportunities

Clinical Programs

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 will be exposed to an array of legal practice opportunities, observe different approaches to the practice of law and determine for themselves which areas of the law most interest them.

Bar Passage and Careers

Class of 2014 Major Areas of Legal Practice:

  • Law Firms: 38% 
  • Public Interest: 20%
  • Business: 17%
  • Academic: 5% 
  • Government: 14% 
  • Judicial Clerkships: 5%
  • Other: 1%


Massachusetts Bar Passage Rate for First-Time Takers:

  • 2015: 80%
  • 2014: 81%
  • 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, 2015).