Upper Level Registration Information

Spring 2018 Registration Information:

This page will be updated 2-3 weeks prior to registration with all of the pertinent information you need.

Registration Instructions

Spring UL Class Schedule

Spring 2018 Upper Level Schedule

New Courses – Course Descriptions

Systemic Justice, Redress & Reparations for Mass Criminalization & Incarceration (Special Givelber Lecturer Course)

  • LAW7661
  • 2 credits
  • Limited to 25
  • In the past four decades, there have been several law enforcement scandals involving torture, the fabrication of evidence or other forms of misconduct that have ensnared scores of people in the criminal legal system (e.g., the recent prosecutions involving crime lab chemists in Massachusetts). While there have been some successful efforts to overturn individual convictions, less attention has been devoted to securing systemic and holistic redress for all those whose lives have been decimated by these egregious violations. This course will explore examples of reparations schemes internationally and domestically that have provided class-wide and inclusive redress with the goal of creating templates for providing systemic redress for the harm caused by the U.S. criminal legal system.
  • Joey Mogul – Special Givelber Lecturer

Master Class in Legal Design

  • LAW7662
  • 3 credits
  • Limited to 14
  • This three-credit upper level course pairs law students with students from a design discipline such as architecture, service design, user experience design, or game design to reimagine aspects of our legal system for the age of self-representation. Law students join interdisciplinary student teams to apply advanced discipline-specific design methodologies and frameworks in response to a specific system design challenge.

Comparative Family Law

  • LAW7659
  • 3 credits
  • At the global level, families are regulated by a variety of overlapping legal regimes (religious, domestic, international), each of them influencing family formation, kinship, and care. This seminar will focus on how globalization dynamics –from the rise of human rights and international economic regimes to the increase of immigration flows– and technological advances are shaping rules and policies concerning the family. In order to study these evolutions, the class will focus on the comparative study of family laws as well as on the regulation of cross-border family relationships.
    The class will be organized around several contemporary case studies. We will first analyze the recognition of new family structures (same-sex marriage, transnational surrogacy regulation agreements and new forms of parenthood), then moving on to developments in family law and immigration (immigrant families and religious family norms in secular societies) and the economic aspects of family regulation (protection of working parents, and international economic development and the productive family). Several sessions will be reserved for student-led sessions on topics to be approved by the instructor.

Disrupt the Cradle to Prison Pipeline — Restorative Justice

  • LAW7660
  • 3 credits
  • Limited to 16
  • This course examines how we construct the cradle/school to prison pipeline while focusing on several pivotal points that channel largely poor Black and Brown students into it. With an eye toward practical application, students will learn about, critique, problem solve and create pipeline disrupting solutions looking to restorative justice as a time-honored justice paradigm alternative to our western constructions.

Legal Blogging:  Health Law

  • LAW7658
  • 2 credits
  • Limited to 6
  • In this course, students will have an opportunity to develop and expand their existing research and writing skills beyond traditional legal genres. The course emphasizes how to best utilize blogs and other short form mediums to discuss legal issues related to health policy and law, including issues such as health care reform, the opioid crisis, and occupational safety. Assignments include researching and drafting several blog and short form pieces for possible publication on a blog overseen by the Center for Health Policy and Law and possibly additional sites. Weekly class meetings will feature both substantive discussions as well as writing workshops with the instructors and classmates. Strong foundational writing skills are necessary. Prior health-related coursework or work experience is recommended.

Amicus Curiae Project – An Advanced Research and Writing Course

  • 3 credits
  • Limited to 6 students
  • Today more than ever, amici curiae (“friends of the court”) play a leading role in shaping the law. Amici are not parties to a case but add their voice because they have an interest in the outcome. Amici can influence courts by providing legal, factual, or policy analysis not provided by the parties. In this course, students, working in pairs, research and write amicus briefs that, while not filed in court, are based on real cases pending in the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Past briefs have addressed such topics as whether the necessity defense applies to a charge of criminal trespass against a homeless person who slept on private property to escape the cold; whether blog posts can be protected petitioning activity, under the Massachusetts anti-SLAPP statute, where the authors are political activists rather than professional journalists; and whether an arbitrator has the authority to reinstate a police officer who was terminated for using a chokehold on a disorderly person.
  • Useful prerequisites are Legal Writing Workshop, Advanced Legal Research, and Appellate Practice.
  • Students can apply by submitting a resume and unofficial transcript with narrative evaluations by 5:00 PM on Monday January 22nd to the instructor at Alexphilipson@gmail.com

Spring Courses and CRNs

Applications for Clinics


Other Registration Resources:

Course Descriptions

Projected Curriculum

Students can find a folder containing the Projected Curriculum for the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years on ASA’s Blackboard site.

If the link above is not working, you should log onto Blackboard, click the Community Tab, and then select: School of Law- Academic & Student Affairs (ASA). From there, select the Curriculum folder on the left.

Syllabi & Assignments

Students can find a folder containing syllabi and assignments for a given term on ASA’s Blackboard site. ASA posts this information as it becomes available from the faculty. If you do not see a syllabus for a specific class on Blackboard, you should contact that professor directly.

If the link above is not working, you should log onto Blackboard, click the Community Tab, and then select: School of Law- Academic & Student Affairs (ASA). From there, select the Syllabi & Assignments folder on the left.

Independent Study

Students do not enroll themselves in an Independent Study. Instead, you should submit the Independent Study Form. Once your faculty member approves your submission, ASA will enroll you in your Independent Study.

Independent Study FAQs.

A student may earn credit toward the J.D. degree for independent study pursuant to the following rules:

(1) A full-time law faculty member must supervise the independent study.

(2) The student must prepare a written proposal for his or her independent study which must be approved in writing by the supervising faculty member. The study must culminate in a written paper, exercise or examination, a description of which shall be included in the written proposal. After the supervising faculty member approves the proposal, a copy should be filed with the Office of the Dean.

(3) The student and the supervising faculty member shall agree on the number of credit hours to be earned for the independent study. The independent study required in order for the student to earn the agreed upon number of credit hours shall be substantially equivalent to the requirements of a course offering of the same number of credit hours.

(4) Except when approved by the Dean, students may not earn more than a total of six (6) credits of independent study toward the J.D. degree, and may not earn more than three (3) credits of independent study in any one (1) quarter.

Student Handbook 2016-17, p. 5.


Applications for the clinics offered in a given term will be posted on this page, above under the “Clinics & Applications” tab 2-3 weeks before registration.

Textbook Lookup Instructions

Find Textbooks After You Are Registered:

  1. Log into myNortheastern
  2. Click the Self-Service tab
  3. Select “Registration”
  4. Click “Concise Student Schedule”
  5. Select “Course Materials”

Find Textbooks Before You Are Registered: 

  1. Go to the University Bookstore’s Website
  2. Click on: Textbooks, then Find Textbooks
  3. Select the correct term*
  4. Under “Department” click “LAW” from the drop down menu
  5. Under “Course” select the corresponding Course Number from the drop down menu (Course Numbers and Section/CRNs are available in a spreadsheet in this folder on Blackboard)
  6. Under “Section” select the corresponding section/CRN number from the drop down menu

*Make sure you are selecting the correct term. UL students are on the quarter system, 1L students are on the semester system.

Don’t forget to check with CISP to see if your book is in stock! When you purchase your book through CISP, you save money and support public interest co-op stipends at the same time!

You can still order/rent your books through other online retailers. You are not required to purchase books through the University website or store. But, you must use the processes described above to retrieve your book information.