Most on-campus students opt for the General Program because it provides the most flexibility to take the courses they want in pursuit of their professional interests and personal aspirations. Many LLM students also choose the General Program to qualify for a bar examination in one of the United States jurisdictions (Massachusetts or New York, for example) that admit lawyers trained outside the US. Whether you are a US or internationally trained lawyer looking for individualized professional growth or a candidate for a US bar exam, the General Program offers a foundation for you to advance your professional goals and to make a difference in the world.


The General LLM Program, which requires the completion of 33 credits, features:  

  • A Minimum of Required Courses: LLM students in the General Program 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 in the General Program enroll in regular JD courses (including both first-year and upper-level courses) based entirely on your personal interests and career goals, including the desire to qualify for a US bar exam. If you wish, you may focus your studies in a particular substantive area, such as corporate law, commercial law, trade law, public international law, intellectual property or international human rights. 
  • Co-op: All LLM students in good academic standing spend a term 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 students go on co-op — in the world and where within the profession — is up to them. The LLM Professional Development Advisor works with students to define where they want to go on co-op and refine how they present their qualifications. Our goal is to help students find the co-op opportunities that best meet their unique goals. 


Northeastern University School of Law offers a broad choice of courses across a wide range of fields. If you wish, you may focus your studies in a particular substantive or practice area. Some of the areas in which you might focus are:

  • Business, Commercial and Trade Law
  • Constitutional and Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Health and Social Insurance Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Law and Economic Development
  • Property Law
  • Public International and Comparative Law

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