The disciplines of criminal justice and law share common interests in identifying opportunities to create the conditions for justice, social equality and societal well-being. Given the growing importance of legal issues and human rights in the study of crime, and the historical prominence of criminal justice issues in the field of law, the School of Law and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice have developed two advanced dual-degree programs: a JD/MS in criminal justice and a JD/PhD in criminology and justice policy

JD/MS in Criminal Justice

This three-and-a half-year program provides students with both a law degree and a Master of Science in criminology, giving students the skills they need to pursue a career in criminal justice. Students obtain a comprehensive interdisciplinary understanding of the sources of crime and the criminal justice system, as well as the social science and legal skills necessary for tackling criminal justice problems.

Students in the program complete the full first year of law school, three upper-level academic quarters and four law co-ops, as well as two full semesters in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. With interdisciplinary skills, students will be well-positioned for co-ops in criminal justice agencies, such as the US Attorney’s Office, public defender offices and law firms that do criminal defense work.

JD/PhD in Criminology and Justice Policy

This six-year program allows students interested in criminology and justice policy to delve deeply into how the legal system informs both the study and practice of criminal justice. This program will provide students with a comprehensive interdisciplinary understanding of what influences criminal justice problems and the opportunity to conduct original research in issues relating to law and criminal justice.

Examples of JD Courses in the Program

  • Criminal Justice
  • Evidence
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure: Wrongful Convictions and Post-Conviction Remedies 
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure: Investigation
  • Balancing Liberty and Security Seminar
  • Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic
  • Prisoners’ Rights Clinic
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure: Adjudication
  • Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Federal Courts and the Federal System
  • Juvenile Courts: Delinquency, Abuse, Neglect
  • Health Care Fraud and Abuse
  • Trial Practice

Examples of Criminal Justice Courses in the Program

  • Global Criminology
  • The Criminal Justice Process
  • Law and Society
  • Law and Psychology
  • Juvenile Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Courts and Sentencing
  • Crimes Against Humanity
  • Special Topics in Law and Justice
  • Punishment and Social Control
  • International Law and Justice
  • Transnational Crime

Examples of Co-ops

Students in both the JD/MS and the JD/PhD programs are required to complete four co-ops. In the JD/PhD program, one co-op may be teaching a course in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

  • Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston
  • Committee for Public Counsel Services, Boston
  • US Attorney’s Office, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Anchorage, et al.
  • US Depart of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section (and other sections), Washington, DC
  • Alaska Public Defender Agency, Anchorage
  • California Appellate Project, San Francisco
  • Brooklyn Defender Service, Brooklyn
  • Boston Police Department, Legal Advisor’s Office, Boston
  • Capital Post-Conviction of Louisiana, New Orleans
  • Federal Defender Office, Boston and San Francisco
  • Hedges & Tumposky, Boston
  • Kradel Defense, Seattle
  • Legal Aid Society of New York, Criminal Defense, Kew Gardens
  • Shapiro, Weissberg & Garin, Boston
  • US District Court, Boston, Providence, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Juan, et al.
  • Northern Virginia Capital Defender Office, Arlington
  • Alaska Department of Law, District Attorney’s Office, Palmer
  • Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Boston
  • Georgia Resource Center, Atlanta
  • Youth, Rights and Justice, Portland (Oregon)

Admission

JD/MS: Candidates for the JD/MS program must independently apply and gain admission to the School of Law and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Admission to one school does not ensure admission to the other. The MS admission requirement of the GRE will be waived in lieu of the LSAT. Admission is competitive. Students may apply prior to matriculating in either school or to the MS program during their first year of law school.

JD/PhD: Candidates for the JD/PhD apply to the law school and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice simultaneously and prior to matriculation in either program. Candidates must complete the admission requirements for both programs, and take both the LSAT and the GRE (for admission to the Ph.D. program). A small number of students may also apply to the joint program during their first year at either school. The application deadline for this program is January 10.

For more information, contact: 

Gregory M. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Northeastern University
417 Churchill Hall, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Email: g.zimmerman@northeastern.edu

or

Laurie Mastone
Graduate Program Administrator
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Northeastern University
417 Churchill Hall, 360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Email: l.mastone@northeastern.edu
Phone: (617) 373-3327