BOSTON – Sept. 9, 2013 – Northeastern University School of Law has defied national trends by welcoming a class that is 10 percent larger than last year. As many law schools this year have experienced reductions in class size, student quality, or both, Northeastern reported a modest increase in the number of students and maintained the school’s high academic standards and median LSAT and GPA scores.

Northeastern welcomed 186 diverse, accomplished students to its class of 2016, a targeted and measured increase over the 168 students who enrolled in fall 2012. “This is further evidence that our unique, innovative cooperative legal education program is a compelling and successful model that continues to attract students who want to gain significant hands-on training in the field of law,” said Jeremy Paul, dean of Northeastern University School of Law.

Paul noted President Obama’s recent suggestion that law students would benefit from a year of working in law offices in addition to two years of classroom instruction. “That has been our model all along,” Paul said. “Nearly 70 percent of our graduates who are now in the workforce tell us that it was their co-op experience that set them apart during their job search.” 

The class of 2016 maintains the academic profile of previous years’ classes, with a median LSAT score of 161 and a median undergraduate GPA of 3.53. Members of the new class majored in 53 different areas and attended 118 undergraduate institutions – and 16 students already have attained graduate degrees. The average age of an incoming NUSL student is 25, and 70 percent have been out of college for at least one year. In addition, the new class continues the tradition of diversity: 62 percent are from outside Massachusetts; 60 percent are women, and 40 percent are men; 31 percent identify themselves as from racially diverse backgrounds; and 13 percent identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. 

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students an unparalleled full year of practical legal work. All students participate in four, full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 900 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education for the past 45 years, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.