To be eligible for admission, a candidate must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university by the time of law school matriculation in August. The challenge of three years of full-time continuous legal study requires that students have strong academic credentials and the ability to transfer their classroom learning into practical legal skills. While no specific field of undergraduate study is required, the mastery of oral and written communication skills, a capacity for independent research and the ability to analyze problems and to exercise critical judgment are essential to successful legal study.

In making a determination with respect to each application, we consider academic criteria, including undergraduate grades and LSAT score, as well as other accomplishments, work experience, significant community involvement, the personal statement, recommendations from individuals who know the candidate well, and any other relevant information. Because of the structure of our Cooperative Legal Education Program, entrance to the first year is available only in the fall.

Types of Admission 

First-Year Applicants
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Foreign-Trained Lawyers
NUSL welcomes applications for the JD program from students who already hold a degree from a law school outside the U.S.
Transfer Applicants
NUSL welcomes qualified applicants who have completed their first year of study at another ABA-approved law school.
Visiting Students
Students from other ABA-accredited law schools can apply to our visiting student program.

Additional Application Information

Applicants with Disabilities
Get more information about our Disability Resource Center in addition to other programs available at NUSL.
International Applicants
Qualified students from around the world are welcome to apply to our JD program.
We invite those who have previously applied to submit a new application.
Current and Recent Northeastern University Undergraduates
Current Northeastern undergraduates and recent graduates may be eligible for special admissions programs.
PlusJD and 3+3 Programs
Learn more about our PlusJD and 3+3 Programs in partnership with Northeastern University.
Dual-Degree Programs
Explore our dual degree programs.