Why choose Northeastern University?

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a top-50 ranked, global, experiential, research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world. This unique identity creates a distinctive approach to education and research. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Seattle, Washington. Our 100 percent online programs are driven by the same experiential learning model, and taught by leading faculty and experts.

How is the Master of Legal Studies related to the School of Law?

The Master of Legal Studies program is offered by Northeastern University School of Law, which means law school professors and experienced industry professionals teach all Master of Legal Studies courses. The School of Law’s strong tradition of experiential learning and hands-on education is infused throughout the Master of Legal Studies program.

What is the difference between a paralegal degree, a Juris Doctor (JD) and a Master of Legal Studies?

A paralegal degree will prepare you for subsidiary legal work to assist lawyers. A JD qualifies you to serve as a lawyer, represent clients and advocate for their interests.

Northeastern’s Master of Legal Studies was created for non-lawyer professionals who work (or aspire to work) in highly regulated industries in which knowledge of the law would be of great value to employers and further career advancement for the professionals themselves.

What is the size and structure of the Master of Legal Studies courses?

Our Master of Legal Studies is offered in a 100 percent online format to accommodate working professionals. Our online courses offer small class sizes, hands-on learning and peer discussion. Student-teacher interaction is a key component of every Master of Legal Studies course. Watch our video to learn more from students and faculty members about the online experience in the Master of Legal Studies program.

How long is the Master of Legal Studies program?

Part-time students can complete the Master of Legal Studies over five semesters. Students may also petition to accelerate their studies.

Does the Master of Legal Studies offer any specific concentrations?

The Master of Legal Studies offers concentrations in Health Law, Business Law and Human Resources Law. Students can choose one of these three fields, or choose a general course of study to complete the program.

What kinds of support and services are available to Master of Legal Studies students?

Every Master of Legal Studies student has access to a career coach. The career coach works with MLS students to create a Career Action Plan to help students achieve their own professional goals and to support them in their career exploration and job search processes. Additionally, career coaches support students in choosing the appropriate Experiential Network opportunity, a real-life project for an employer, that helps students gain experience and build their resume and networks.  Master of Legal Studies students also have access to career workshops and tools especially designed for distance learners and graduate students, helping MLS students become networked for life!

What kinds of outcomes can I expect after earning a Master of Legal Studies?

After completing Northeastern’s Master of Legal Studies, the program should help you better understand general legal concepts as well as laws related to your specific industry. You will have had the opportunity to gain communication and negotiation skills, have the flexibility to think and speak like a lawyer, and have the capacity to understand, analyze and interpret legal concepts.

The Master of Legal Studies can expose you to the tools necessary to help influence in your field, and also help promote your company’s goals more efficiently and effectively.

How much does the Master of Legal Studies cost?

Tuition and fees are set on an annual basis by Northeastern University’s board of trustees. The current cost of this program for the 2017-2018 academic year is $992 per semester hour, or $29,760. Please visit Student Financial Services or connect with your enrollment coach for more information.

Are Master of Legal Studies students eligible for financial aid or scholarships?

Our Double Husky Scholarship program provides all graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern a tuition discount of up to 25 percent when they enroll in any of more than 100 full-time programs. The School of Law offers a limited number of Dean’s Scholarships to highly qualified students. Some students may also be available for federal financial aid or veterans benefitsContact the Student Financial Services office for more information.

Do you have any programs available for veterans or members of the military?

Northeastern is proud of its long history of serving and educating active duty service members and veterans. For more information about how we can help serve you through the Yellow Ribbon Program, the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and more, please see the Student Financial Services website or our Military website.