North­eastern University’s School of Law today was named the top law school in the country in the area of public interest law by two pub­li­ca­tions in the legal field.

The law school was selected for the first place ranking by two sister pub­li­ca­tions, The National Jurist and preLaw Mag­a­zine, a national mag­a­zine tar­geted to prospec­tive law school stu­dents. The story will appear in the fall issues of the two publications.

North­eastern was the only law school in New Eng­land to make the top 10 list.

The law school’s selec­tion was based on the magazine’s scoring system that pro­vides points in three equally weighted cat­e­gories — stu­dent involve­ment, cur­riculum and finan­cial factors.

The top schools exhib­ited strength in their clin­ical pro­grams, pro bono require­ments, per­centage of grad­u­ates entering public interest law, and loan assis­tance pro­grams, according to the magazine.

We are quite pleased with the national recog­ni­tion, but it comes as no sur­prise to those in the legal com­mu­nity who know of our com­mit­ment to social jus­tice,” said Dean Emily Spieler.

We strongly believe that every stu­dent who enters law school should learn about law and society and get prac­tical legal expe­ri­ence sup­porting public interest orga­ni­za­tions,” she said.

While many of our grad­u­ates join dis­tin­guished law firms as well as serve non­profit orga­ni­za­tions, we believe they all ben­efit from a cur­riculum in which social jus­tice is a core prin­ciple,” Spieler said.

In the preLaw story, North­eastern was cited for the fact that it is the only law school in the country that requires every first-​​year stu­dent to work on a community-​​based legal research project for a non­profit organization.

The pro­gram – Legal Skills in Social Con­text – involves teams of stu­dents pro­viding more than 1,000 hours of free legal ser­vices to each of 10 to 12 orga­ni­za­tions a year com­mitted to social jus­tice throughout the country.

All North­eastern law school stu­dents also get prac­tical expe­ri­ence through the school’s coop­er­a­tive legal edu­ca­tion pro­gram, in which every stu­dent spends four 11-​​week quar­ters working full time as legal interns.

Approx­i­mately 85 per­cent of each grad­u­ating class sat­is­fies the school’s public interest require­ment by com­pleting a public interest co-​​op with a legal ser­vices, public defender, non­profit advo­cacy group or gov­ern­ment agency.

Stu­dents and fac­ulty also run a number of public advo­cacy clinics, pro­grams and insti­tutes, including the Domestic Vio­lence Insti­tute, Public Health Advo­cacy Insti­tute, the Pro­gram on Human Rights and the Global Economy, and the Civil Rights and Restora­tive Jus­tice Project.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.