Most LLM students opt for the General Program because it provides the most flexibility to take the courses they want in pursuit of their professional interests and personal aspirations. Many LLM students also choose the General Program to qualify for a bar examination in one of the United States jurisdictions (Massachusetts or New York, for example) that admit lawyers trained outside the US. Whether you are a US or internationally trained lawyer looking for individualized professional growth or a candidate for a US bar exam, Northeastern’s General Program offers what you need to do what you want: to advance your professional goals and to make a difference in the world.

Timeline

The General LLM Program lasts twelve months. You may start in May and graduate the following May, or start in August and graduate the following August. To start in May 2015 you are encouraged to apply by February 2. To start in August 2015 you are encouraged to apply by May 4.

 

Curriculum

The General LLM Program, which requires the completion of 33 quarter credits, features:  

  • A Minimum of Required Courses: LLM students in the General Program who obtained their first law degree outside the US benefit from three foundational courses: Legal Research and Writing I & II as well as Introduction to the US Legal System, which provide the background knowledge and basic skills needed to succeed in the US law school environment and in the global practice of law. 
  • A Maximum of Elective Courses: LLM students in the General Program enroll in regular JD courses (including both first-year and upper-level courses) based entirely on their personal interests and career goals, including the desire to qualify for a US bar exam. If you wish, you may focus your studies in a particular substantive area, such as corporate law, commercial law, trade law, public international law, intellectual property or international human rights. 
  • Co-op: All LLM students in good academic standing spend a full quarter (10-11 weeks) completing a full-time legal practice experience. Co-op is an integral part of the LLM curriculum — no less important than your 33 credits of course work. Northeastern has developed placement opportunities with law firms, companies, clinics, court houses, government agencies, community organizations, NGOs and advocacy groups around the world. Where you do your co-op — where in the world and where within the profession — is up to you. The LLM Professional Development Advisor, Meredith Aherne, will work with you to define where you want to go on co-op and refine how you present your qualifications. Together, you will find the co-op opportunity that best meets your unique goals. 
  • Independent Research and Writing: All LLM students identify an area of law they are interested in exploring in the form of an independent research project and paper. A Northeastern law faculty member who shares your area of interest provides the necessary supervision, either in conjunction with a seminar or in the context of an independent study. 

More about Electives

Northeastern University School of Law offers a broad choice of courses across a wide range of fields. If you wish, you may focus your studies in a particular substantive or practice area. Some of the areas in which you might focus are:  

  • 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 

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