Application Materials and Requirements

When should I submit my JD application?
Students should apply by March 1 for optimal consideration. The final FlexJD application deadline is June 15.

How will I receive my admissions decision?
FlexJD applicants will receive an email notification when their admission decision has become available.

What are the median LSAT score and GPA for enrolled students?
For the JD class that began their studies in fall 2020, the median LSAT score was 162, and the median GPA was 3.65 as of October 5, 2020.

What do I need to submit to make my FlexJD application complete?
You must submit a completed application form, résumé and personal statement. You may also choose to provide a response to one of our optional essay topics. Once the law school receives your application, we will contact the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) in order to obtain copies of your transcript(s), LSAT score(s), letter(s) of recommendation and any other information you have sent to LSAC. After we have received these materials, your application will be reviewed.

Is there a preferred format for application materials?
Yes, please adhere to the following formatting requirements:

Personal Statement
The personal statement should be two pages, double-spaced in 12-point font.

Résumé
Applicants are encouraged to limit their résumé to one page in 12-point font. A second page will be accepted for applicants with significant work experience.

Optional Essay
Optional essay responses should be one page, double-spaced in 12-point font.

Addendum/a
Addenda should be no more than one page in length in 12-point font.

What should I write about in my personal statement?
In short, anything! Our application instructions state that you must provide a personal statement on any topic. A hallmark of a Northeastern University School of Law education is the freedom to pursue the areas of law that interest you, both in and out of the classroom, and we are granting you the same freedom in deciding what topic(s) to cover in your personal statement. Our only requirements are that your essay should be no longer than two pages, double-spaced and in 12-point font. This is your chance to help us get to know you in a more personal way.

How many letters of recommendation are required? May I submit additional letters?
Northeastern University School of Law requires one letter of recommendation submitted via LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). We will not accept more than two letters of recommendation.

What transcripts are required?

Please submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if any) via LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

Undergraduate Transcripts
Transcripts for all previously attended colleges and universities must be sent directly to CAS. If you receive additional grades, you should submit an updated transcript to the Credential Assembly Service, so they can send updated information to the law school. While an undergraduate transcript without a date of conferral can be submitted with your initial application, the transcript is not considered final without the date of conferral.

 Graduate Transcripts
Transcripts for graduate work should be submitted to CAS. 

What are the optional essay topics? Is there a page limit?

We encourage you to respond to one of our optional essay questions. Your response must be in your own words, one page, double-spaced in 12-point font. The optional essays provide a space for you to showcase your writing abilities and share additional information with us. The essay prompts are as follows:

1. Northeastern is a nationally recognized leader in public interest law with a strong reputation for producing accomplished leaders in the field. What specific social justice issue are you most passionate about and how have your professional or personal experiences influenced your interests?

2. At Northeastern University, diversity is about excellence and inclusion. It's about the way in which we engage with the world, the opportunity to learn from new perspectives, a core value for the university, an essential element of contemporary life, an expression of cultural pride, and a reflection of our campus, community, and global partners.

Northeastern University School of Law, in keeping with the mission of Northeastern University, is committed to building and sustaining a diverse, equitable and inclusive community of faculty, students and staff that welcomes and respects all persons, regardless of race, gender identity or expression, family structure, socio-economic status or ability status. We strive to develop an open and respectful environment that draws on talent from every sector or society and engages the global community. We are dedicated to the integration of multiple, divergent perspectives and to the principle that a diverse and inclusive community not only supports innovation and creativity, but also creates and promotes cultural understanding throughout Northeastern’s community. With these guiding principles, the School of Law aspires to promote a thriving society built on equal opportunity and social justice.

 How has your background shaped who you are today or your future aspirations, and how will your presence enhance the Northeastern community?

If I would like to provide additional explanation on a certain component of my application, may I submit an addendum?
Yes, you are welcome to submit an addendum to address anything in your application that might require further explanation, such as a gap in schooling or employment. Please be specific but brief. An addendum should be no more than one page in length.

May I submit additional, supplemental materials such as my senior thesis?
We kindly ask that you refrain from submitting additional, supplemental materials, including, but not limited to, senior theses, works of art, creative writing, publications, reports, videography, music or other materials. We encourage applicants to include information about such work in their applications if applicable — in résumés, personal statements or, if necessary, application addenda — but we strongly discourage applicants from sending extraneous material directly to our office.

What are the character and fitness requirements?
Northeastern asks applicants to answer a series of character and fitness questions. These questions are required by the ABA. Because of the high ethical standards to which lawyers are held, the failure to disclose an act or event can lead to more serious consequences than the act or event itself. Failure to provide truthful answers, or failure to inform the School of Law of any changes to your answers in advance of matriculation or during school enrollment, may result in revocation of admission or disciplinary action or denial of permission to practice law by the state in which you seek bar admission.

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every US jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction directly. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

I applied before and was waitlisted/denied. How do I reapply?
The School of Law welcomes applications from candidates who have previously applied. If you applied to Northeastern in a previous year, you are encouraged to include an updated résumé, personal statement, letter(s) of recommendation and/or an optional essay, though these are not required. Your LSAT score must be no more than five years old as of the date of your new application.

Financial Aid

How do I apply for financial aid?
All students interested in being considered for need-based financial aid must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at fafsa.ed.gov. Northeastern's federal institution code is 002199. See the Financial Aid page for more information on the financial aid options available.

Merit-based Tuition Scholarships

When will I find out if I have been awarded a merit-based tuition scholarship?
Applicants will typically be notified about merit-based tuition scholarships within one week of receiving an offer of admission. Scholarship notifications will be sent by email. Merit-based scholarships can only be applied to tuition.

What are the conditions for renewing my merit-based tuition scholarship? Are there any GPA or class rank requirements?
A student automatically keeps their merit-based tuition scholarship as long as they remain in good academic standing and abide by university policies, including the University Code of Student Conduct and our academic policies and procedures. There are no GPA or class rank requirements. Northeastern University School of Law firmly believes that students work best, and learn best, in a cooperative and collaborative community environment. As such, we neither rank our students nor calculate a GPA for them.

Do I need to take any action to accept my scholarship offer?
By paying your enrollment deposit, you are accepting your merit scholarship award. There is no additional action you need to take.

After I receive my scholarship offer, can I negotiate for additional assistance?
The School of Law reviews every application in detail, and merit-based scholarships are awarded to students based on their individual applications. It is our policy to be fully upfront with our merit scholarship offers. With such a deep and talented applicant pool, we are required to make some very difficult decisions about the limited merit aid we are able to award, and, unfortunately, not every admitted student receives a merit scholarship due to the competitive nature of our pool. We are therefore unable to provide additional merit scholarships after admission. All students are strongly encouraged to visit our Financial Aid webpage to learn more about need-based aid, loans and grants. Additionally, all admitted students are invited to make an appointment to speak with our Financial Aid staff to discuss funding their legal education.

Are international students, applying as first year JD applicants, eligible for merit-based scholarships?
Yes, international students who apply as first year JD applicants are eligible for merit-based tuition scholarships. These scholarships can only be applied to tuition.