Candidates for the LLM degree have the opportunity to concentrate in Law and Economic Development. Both US- and internationally-trained lawyers will be drawn to this opportunity to explore how legal professionals can participate in processes and contribute to policy choices intended to benefit their fellow citizens: economically, politically and socially.


The LLM concentration in Law and Economic Development lasts 12 months.  You may start in May and graduate the following May, or start in August and graduate the following August. To start in May, you are encouraged to apply by February 1.  To start in August, you are encouraged to apply by May 1. 


The concentration in Law and Economic Development, which requires the completion of 33 quarter credits, features:

A Minimum of Required Courses

  • All LLM students concentrating in Law and Economic Development take four law and development-related courses: Law and Economic Development, Community Economic Development, plus two additional law and development-related courses (see sample list of offerings below).
  • LLM students concentrating in Law and Economic Development who obtained their first law degree outside the US benefit from three foundational courses: Legal Research and Writing I & II as well as Introduction to the US Legal System, which provides the background knowledge and basic skills needed to succeed in the US law school environment and in the global practice of law.

A Maximum of Elective Courses: LLM students concentrating in Law and Economic Development enroll in regular JD upper-level courses (see sample list of law and development-related offerings below.)

Co-op: All LLM students in good academic standing spend a quarter (11 weeks) completing a full-time legal practice experience. Co-op is an integral part of the LLM curriculum – no less important than your 33 credits of course work. Northeastern has developed placement opportunities with law firms engaged in advocacy work, nonprofits, government agencies, community organizations, NGOs and other advocacy groups around the world. Where you do your co-op — where in the world and where within the profession — is up to you. The Associate Director, Professional Development, Meredith Joseph, will work with you to define where you want to go on co-op and refine how you present your qualifications. Together, you will find the co-op opportunity that best meets your unique goals. 

Independent Research and Writing: LLM students concentrating in Law and Economic Development identify a topic relating to law and economic development they are interested in exploring in the form of an independent research project and paper. A Northeastern law faculty member who shares your area of interest provides the necessary supervision, either in conjunction with a seminar or in the context of an independent study.

Sample Course Offerings (Law and Economic Development)

  • Administrative Law
  • Basic Income Taxation
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Community Business Law Clinic
  • Comparative Law: Law, Markets and Democracy in East Asia
  • Consumer Law
  • Corporations
  • Corporate Tax
  • Current Issues in Health Law and Policy
  • Education Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Global AIDS Policy Seminar
  • Health Law
  • Health Law Fraud and Abuse
  • Human Behavior, Legal Doctrine and Policy Design
  • Human Rights and the Global Economy
  • Intellectual Property
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches to Policy and Advocacy
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Health Law: Governance, Rights and Development
  • International Trade Law
  • Labor Law
  • Land Use
  • Law of Financial Institutions
  • Law, Technology and Science
  • Legislation
  • Natural Resource Law
  • Poverty Law and Practice Clinic
  • Private Litigation for Social Justice
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights
  • Securities Regulation
  • Social Welfare Law
  • State and Local Government
  • State and Local Taxation

Not all courses are offered each academic year. Consult the Course Catalog available from the Office of Academic and Student Affairs for specific information about when courses are offered. 

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