Daniel Medwed5.31.17 — Northeastern University School of Law is adding a JD/MS and JD/PhD in criminal justice to its distinctive roster of dual-degree programs. In partnership with the university’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the two new degree offerings provide a lens through which aspiring lawyers and academics may view opportunities to create the conditions for justice, social equality and societal well being.

“For far too long, criminal lawyers and criminal justice professionals operated in silos. Our new joint program will help break down those barriers and train students to become the most well-rounded criminal law experts in the country — lawyers equipped with social science skills and social scientists equipped with legal skills. Our hope is that graduates of this program will understand all facets of the criminal justice system and maximize their job prospects,” said Professor Daniel Medwed, who is serving as the program advisor.

The three-and-a half-year JD/MS program provides students with both a law degree and a master of science in criminology, providing 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. With interdisciplinary skills, students will be well positioned for co-ops and post-graduate jobs in criminal justice agencies, such as the US Attorney’s Office, public defender offices and law firms that do criminal defense work.

The six-year JD/PhD in criminology and justice policy 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.

Both programs incorporate Northeastern’s signature co-op program, providing students with full-time internships for approximately 11 weeks in a range of work settings, including district attorney and public defender offices, federal offices and agencies, law firms, legal services and judges’ chambers throughout the country.

In addition to these new programs, the law school offers dual degrees in business administration, professional accounting, law and public policy, music industry leadership, environmental law (with Vermont Law School), urban health, public health (with Tufts University School of Medicine) and sustainable international development (with Brandeis University).

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students an unparalleled full year of practical legal work. All students participate in four, full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 900 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.