Too often, law students bring little more than classroom learning to their first jobs. Northeastern believes that practical experience is essential — and that gaining experience while advancing social justice is even better.

At Northeastern, we offer public interest-focused clinics that afford students unique and valuable opportunities to work in real time on real-world matters — such as domestic violence or prisoners’ rights — for underrepresented individuals who will benefit from your efforts. You will stand by their side, advise them and learn on your feet how to make a difference in people’s lives.

Through our nationally recognized institutes and special programs, you have a unique opportunity to work closely with faculty and other legal experts, conduct research on the causes you believe in and craft interdisciplinary approaches to complex problems. While working for social justice, you’ll be adding experience to your knowledge base, which will help you hit the ground running when you graduate.


  • Community Business
  • Civil Rights and Restorative Justice
  • Domestic Violence
  • Poverty Law
  • Prisoners’ Rights
  • Public Health


Institutes and Special Programs

  • Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project
  • Domestic Violence Institute
  • Legal Innovation Lab
  • Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy
  • Public Health Advocacy Institute
  • Program on Health Policy and Law
  • Partnering for Prevention

For more information, contact Director of Clinical Programs and Professor of Law Jim Rowan, or Associate Dean for Clinical and Experiential Education Luke Bierman.