9.24.15 — This fall, Northeastern University School of Law welcomes the largest LLM class in its history. Thirty-nine students from 22 countries will not only tackle advanced legal theories but also participate in real-world legal internships through the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. 

“The members of the LLM class of 2016 stand out because of the breadth of their experience and the depth of their academic preparedness,” said Patrick Cassidy, director of LLM and International Programs, “not to mention their awesome sophistication and worldliness!” 

The Northeastern LLM program offers students the unique opportunity to connect with the legal community through full-time co-ops in law firms, judges’ chambers, corporate legal departments, government agencies and more – in Boston, across the country and around the world. With more than 900 employer-partners worldwide, Northeastern has been ranked the #1 law school for practical training by The National Jurist.

The 12-month LLM curriculum features a flexible general program that can qualify students to sit for a US bar exam, as well as concentrations in health policy and law; human rights law; law and economic development; and international business law. Northeastern also offers two 24-month dual-degree programs: an LLM+MBA with Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business and an LLM+MA-SID, a joint program with Brandeis University that focuses on sustainable international development. 

This year’s LLM candidates hail from Armenia, Brazil, China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iran, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone and Uganda, as well as the continental United States. The program is also hosting two exchange students from the School of Law's sister school Wuhan (China) University School of Law, along with distinguished visiting scholars from China, Korea and Japan. 

“The remarkably diverse backgrounds of our LLM students add so much to the law school community,” said Cassidy. “We have a student from Mexico [a US binational] who started a digital magazine, Rosa Frou [the woman without limits], which now has 10,000 online subscribers. We have another student who founded a human rights organization in Africa, the  ‘Children’s Forum Network, and yet another who is a veteran US Army interpreter who speaks four languages.