Our LLM program features the best elements of more than 40 years of creating experience-based legal education programs, along with courses specifically designed to give LLM students the foundational knowledge and practical skills they need to become effective practitioners. 

A rigorous curriculum, exceptional professors and unmatched experiential learning opportunities fuel Northeastern’s one-of-a-kind academic enterprise. As an LLM student, you'll explore advanced legal concepts and tackle real-world legal issues while developing needed expertise in legal research and analysis. Both the general LLM and the specializations in Health Policy and Law, Human Rights, and Law and Economic Development feature:

  • A Legal Placement Experience. Opportunities include law firms, courts, government agencies, community organizations, advocacy groups. Each student, in consultation with the LLM director,faculty advisor, and legal placement counselor, identifies personal areas of interest for the “experiential” component of the LLM program.  
  • An Opportunity for Independent Research and Writing under the direction of a Northeastern faculty member. Most LLM students write a paper in conjunction with an upper-level seminar, but those who share a particular interest with a faculty member may work independently in an area they are interested in exploring.


The general LLM also offers three special courses designed to provide students with the skills and training needed to succeed in a US law school and in global legal practice:

  • Intensive Introduction to American Law (especially for international law graduates)
  • Legal Research for LLM Students
  • Legal Writing for LLM Students


Students have the option to enroll in courses from the first-year and the upper-level law curriculum based on their personal interests and career goals. Students also have the opportunity to specialize in substantive areas, such as corporate law, commercial law, trade law, public international law, intellectual property and international human rights.

Course Offerings

Northeastern University School of Law offers a broad choice of courses across a range of legal fields. As an LLM student, you will have an opportunity to take courses from the regular law school curriculum as well as the option of focusing your studies by enrolling in courses in specific practice areas.

Some of the areas in which you might study include:

  • Business, commercial and trade law
  • Public international and comparative law
  • Intellectual property law
  • Law and economic development
  • Human rights law
  • Health and social insurance law 
  • Criminal law
  • Labor and employment law
  • Property law
  • Constitutional and comparative constitutional law
  • Public interest litigation/law and social change 


Health Policy and Law Specialization

The Health Policy and Law specialization is designed to meet the needs of lawyers who are working in health policy and law and hope to enhance their skills, or lawyers who wish to enter the rapidly growing field. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, public health challenges, global public health issues, and questions about bioethics, this is a burgeoning field with tremendous opportunities for those with an LLM.

Affiliated with the Program on Health Policy and Law, this LLM specialization allows students to take advantage of Northeastern University's interdisciplinary expertise in health policy and law by taking relevant courses in the D’Amore-McKim College of Business, the Bouvé College of Health Science, and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities.

The specialization in Health Policy and Law combines a core of required courses with a diverse range of health-related elective courses and a capstone legal practice experience in a health-related organization or institution. The curriculum provides students with a strong substantive foundation in health policy and law while giving them substantial freedom to choose their own courses and pursue their own interests.

Electives may include (and are subject to change):


Students in the LLM specialization in health policy and law prepare for a wide variety of practice areas, including representing health care providers and insurers, working for government regulatory agencies, working for pharmaceutical and biotech companies, working for litigation firms specializing in the areas of malpractice law, pharmaceutical products liability law, and toxic tort law, and working for NGOs and advocacy agencies, in the United States and abroad.

LLM/MA in Sustainable International Development

Students have the opportunity to earn TWO master's degrees in TWO years:  a Master of Laws from Northeastern and a Master's in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.


New this year, students have the opportunity to earn both a Master of Laws and a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University in two years.