History 

Located: Boston, Massachusetts
Founded: 1898

Degree Programs Offered

Class of 2017 Statistics*

Applications Received: 2,936
Enrolled: 128
Women: 59%
Men: 41%
Students of Color: 30%

  • Asian 26% 
  • Black or African American 26% 
  •  Hispanic or Latino 32% 
  •  Multiracial 16%

Average Age: 25
Middle 50% GPA: 3.25 - 3.68 (25th-75th percentiles)
Median GPA: 3.53 
Middle 50% LSAT: 153 - 162 (25th-75th percentiles)
Median LSAT: 161
LGBT Students: 7%
Work or Life Experience Post-Undergraduate: 71%

*as of August 25, 2014

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 grads.

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


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  

Concentrations

  • Labor, Work & Income
  • Intellectual Property and Innovation
  • Business and Commercial law
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • International Law and Human Rights
  • Law and Development
  • Poverty Law and Economic Justice  

Dual-Degree Programs


LLM Dual-Degree 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 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).