Experiential Learning and the Master of Legal Studies

The Experiential Network (XN) is a new initiative built to ensure experiential learning opportunities for graduate and professional studies students and to further enhance Northeastern’s position as the global leader in experiential learning for all students. Participation in XN projects allows students to apply classroom theory to practice and grow their professional networks while contributing to a real-world organization’s ability to move forward on project-based work and connect with rising professional talent. XN projects give MLS students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to real world practice by working with different sponsors on a wide array of projects in real-world workplaces. Through execution of six-week virtual projects, students are able to apply what they’ve learned in class in a real-world context, gain valuable experience to enhance their resume, gain confidence and build their professional networks. Along with the XN project, students are enrolled in a non-credit instructor facilitated online course to help coach and mentor them through this real-world project experience. Students receive faculty direction, professional development, coaching and mentoring, and feedback to help ensure a satisfactory experience for our students and sponsors.

Potential MLS Student Projects 

  • Researching legal issues for a healthcare organization
  • Performing an analysis of the regulatory environment for a financial services company
  • Evaluating an organization’s compliance strategy for workplace anti-discrimination laws

Eligibility
Students enrolled in their second year of the MLS program will be able to participate in the Experiential Network beginning in spring 2017. Students must submit a completed application for participating in their desired program term. Students will be required to submit a resume, several short answers and an introductory video. Contact Student Success Manager Justin Wright (ju.wright@neu.edu) with any questions about the Experiential Network application process.