Study Abroad Transfer Credits

Transfer credit toward the Juris Doctor degree are accepted upon satisfactory completion of course work in an ABA-approved study abroad program; approval to enroll in any study abroad programs must be obtained in advance from the Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. Please be advised that to meet the ABA residency requirement, a student  must be enrolled in at least 10 credit hours of course work, and receive at least a “C” for credit to transfer.

Transfer Student Credits

A student in good academic standing at an ABA-accredited law school who has completed a first year of law school may apply as a transfer student to Northeastern. 

Ordinarily, a transfer student will have completed the following classes during the first year of law school prior to gaining admission to Northeastern:

  • Civil Procedure 
  • Constitutional Law or Criminal Justice/Criminal Law
  • Contracts 
  • Property 
  • Legal Writing 
  • Torts

In all cases, transfer students must have already completed Legal Writing and Contracts.

Individuals who have not completed three or more of the above courses are not eligible to transfer to Northeastern.

Individuals who have not completed one or two of the above courses (one of which must be Constitutional Law) may be admitted subject to an individual transcript assessment and the possible requirement that they take specified courses, as determined by Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

Northeastern does not generally grant credit for upper-level courses taken in addition to first-year requirements or over the summer. At most, Northeastern will honor 34 semester credit hours earned at another ABA-accredited law school.

Transfer Credit from Other ABA Law Schools

Students may earn credit toward the Juris Doctor when enrolling in courses in other law schools; advance permission from the Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs is required. For credit to transfer, a student should take course(s) that are not offered at the Northeastern and course(s) that enhance their career goals. A student must also receive at least a grade of “C” in the course(s).

Non-JD Transfer Credit

Students may earn a total of six credit hours toward the Juris Doctor by successfully completing graduate-level, non-law offerings in other branches of the university. A student must first secure the approval of the Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs before registering for such courses. The student must demonstrate, to the Assistant Dean’s satisfaction, that such non-law offerings will contribute to his or her professional development or will advance career-related goals.

Northeastern Students as Non-Matriculant Visiting Students

Northeastern students attending another ABA-approved law school as third-year, non-matriculant visiting students may have credits earned transferred to their Juris Doctor.  Northeastern remains the home institution from which the JD is earned and all NUSL requirements must be fulfilled. 

Dual Degrees

NUSL offers two Dual Degrees that allow for the transfer of credits: 

JD/Master of Public Health with Tufts University School of Medicine

Tufts University School of Medicine and Northeastern University School of Law offer a JD/MPH dual degree track. Students who are enrolled and who take certain designated Tufts University School of Medicine courses are awarded up to 12 credits towards their JD. Students who are not enrolled in the JD/MPH program may take up to 4 credits in certain designated Tufts University School of Medicine courses with the advance permission of the Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs.

JD/MELP in Environmental Law with Vermont Law School

The carefully sequenced JD/MELP three-year curriculum allows some courses at each school to count for credit in both programs. Students enrolled in this dual-degree program are awarded a maximum of 12 credits from courses completed at Vermont Law School toward their Northeastern JD. JD/MELP students take the regular course of law study at Northeastern during their first year. MELP classes at Vermont Law School generally occur during the summer following the student’s second year. Students complete four co-op work experiences before they graduate, one of which counts as a MELP internship. Students may also pursue independent research projects.