This dual-degree track takes advantage of Northeastern's unique and dynamic co-op program, which provides students with opportunities for real-world, experiential learning at the intersection of law and music business. Over the course of four years, the program enrolls students successively in the university's School of Law and College of Arts, Media and Design. JD/MS candidates must complete the first and last years of the program in the School of Law. The year of music industry courses in the College of Arts, Media and Design may be taken during either the second or third year.

Examples of JD Courses in the Program

  • Commercial Law: Bankruptcy
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Corporations
  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Transactions Practice
  • International Law
  • International Litigation
  • International Taxation
  • International Trade Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law

Examples of MS Core Courses in the Program

  • Management of Music Organizations
  • Intellectual Property for Music Management
  • Marketing Stratgies in the Music Industry
  • Financial Management in the Music Industry
  • Music Industry Research Methodology

Examples of MS Elective Courses in the Program

  • Strategy and Analysis in the Music Industry
  • Leadership in the Music Industry
  • Negotiations in the Music Industry
  • Advanced Negotiations in the Music Industry
  • Global Music Management
  • New Venture Development in the Music Industry
  • Popular Music and Media
  • History of Music Industry
  • Music, Technology and Popular Culture
  • Advanced Music Industry Research Methodology


Candidates for the JD/MS program must independently apply and gain admission to the School of Law and the College of Arts, Media and Design. Admission to one school does not ensure admission to the other. Candidates may apply to both schools prior to matriculation at the law school, or students may wait until they are enrolled in the School of Law before seeking admission to the College of Arts, Media and Design. During either the first or second year of law school, students may apply to the MS program during the fall or spring for enrollment the following September. Students enrolled in law school who are interested in pursuing this dual degree should contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and Professor Kara Swanson, JD/MS faculty advisor, during the fall of their first or second year for further information.

For more information on the MS program, visit the Music Industry Leadership webpage.