JD Concentrations

Steps to declaring and earning a JD Concentration:

1. By October 1st of your last year, fill out the Concentration Declaration Form (only once per concentration). Within 2-3 weeks of submitting this, ASA will add the concentration to your record on myNortheastern.

2. The faculty member in charge of the concentration(s) you declared will email you to confirm your proposed plan of study and co-op/clinic will fulfill the requirements. If you do not hear from the faculty, please follow-up with them directly. Do not resubmit the declaration form.

3. Later, once you have completed all of the coursework and co-op/clinic in order to fulfill the concentration, fill out the Concentration Certification Form (Form 2).

4. The faculty member in charge will review your certification form and email ASA confirming that you have met the requirements. If the faculty member writes to ASA stating you have not fulfilled the requirements, you will be contacted by ASA and the concentration will be removed from your academic record on myNortheastern.

If you have questions about the status of your concentration declaration or certification, please email Kendra Millay (k.millay@northeastern.edu).

For a downloadable PDF of the JD concentrations and their requirements, click here.

International Business Law

Concentration Advisor: Dan Danielsen (d.danielsen@northeastern.edu)

Core Courses:

  • Corporations
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Trade Law
  • Law & Economic Development

Relevant Courses:

  • Community Economic Development
  • Comparative Law: Law, Markets & Democracy in East Asia
  • Corporate Tax
  • Global AIDS Policy Seminar
  • Human Rights & the Global Economy
  • Immigration Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property Transactions
  • International Investment Arbitration & Litigation Practice
  • International & Foreign Legal Research
  • Negotiation
  • Secured Transactions
  • Transactional Drafting
  • Whistleblower Law

Requirements: 

  • Twelve academic credits with two courses selected from a list of “core” courses; two from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses; and either a clinic, a paper or a coop in the field.

Privacy Law

Concentration Advisor:  Woody Hartzog (w.hartzog@northeastern.edu)

Core Courses:

  • Information Security Law
  • Privacy Law
  • Internet Law
  • Data Compliance & Regulation (online)

Relevant Courses:

  • Intellectual Property Survey
  • Bioproperty
  • Bioethics and the Law
  • Health Law
  • IP Transactions Practice
  • Consumer Protection
  • Employment Law
  • Law of Financial Institutions
  • Community Business Law Clinic
  • IP-CoLAB
  • First Amendment
  • Whistleblower Law
  • Education Law
  • Entertainment Law

Requirements: 

  • Twelve academic credits with two courses selected from a list of “core” courses; two from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses; and either a clinic, a paper or a coop in the field.

Environmental & Energy Law

Concentration Advisor:  Lee Breckenridge (l.breckenridge@northeastern.edu)

Core Courses:

  • Environmental Law
  • Land Use
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Trade: Energy and Sustainability Focus

Relevant Courses:

  • Administrative Law
  • Negotiation
  • Bioproperty
  • State and Local Government
  • Corporations
  • International and Foreign Legal Research
  • Constitutional Litigation
  • Public Health Advocacy Clinic
  • Private Litigation in the Public Interest
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Current Issues in Health Law & Policy
  • National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

Requirements: 

  • Twelve academic credits with two courses selected from a list of “core” courses; two from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses; and either a clinic, a paper or a coop in the field. JD-MELP students can use two courses transferred from the Vermont Law School summer program as relevant courses. Students can also seek permission from the faculty advisor to take relevant courses in the broader university in lieu of a “relevant course.”

 

Labor, Work & Income

Concentration Advisor:  Emily Spieler (e.spieler@northeastern.edu)

Core Courses:

  • Collective Bargaining
  • Labor Law I
  • Labor Law II
  • Employment Law – Job Security &  Rights
  • Employment Law – Compensation, Benefits & Retirement
  • Employment Law – Health & Safety
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Labor Arbitration Workshop
  • Social Welfare Law

Relevant Courses:

  • Administrative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Disability Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Federal Courts
  • Health Law
  • Immigration
  • Legal Interviewing & Counseling
  • Negotiation
  • Sports Law
  • Whistleblower Law

Requirements: 

  • Twelve academic credits with two courses selected from a list of “core” courses; two from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses; and either a clinic, a paper or a coop in the field.

Intellectual Property & Innovation

Concentration Advisor:  Susan Montgomery (s.montgomery@northeastern.edu)

Core Courses:

  • Copyright Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law

Relevant Courses:

  • Accounting & Finance for Lawyers
  • Antitrust
  • Bioproperty
  • Branding Law & Practice
  • Creative & Innovative Economies
  • Entertainment Law
  • Global AIDS Policy Seminar
  • IP CO-LAB
  • IP Transactions Practice
  • Information Privacy Law
  • Information Security Law
  • Internet Law
  • Lab Seminar in Applied Design & Legal Empowerment
  • Law & Technology
  • Legislation & Regulation

Requirements: 

  • Twelve academic credits with two courses selected from a list of “core” courses; two from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses; and either a clinic, a paper or a coop in the field.

Business & Commercial Law

Concentration Advisor:  Dan Danielsen (d.danielsen@northeastern.edu)

Core Courses:

  • Antitrust
  • Basic Income Taxation
  • Business Bankruptcy – Commercial Law
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Corporations
  • Payment Systems
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Regulation

Relevant Courses:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Community Business Law Clinic
  • Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Consumer Law
  • Corporate Finance: Transactions
  • Entertainment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Inside Counsel
  • Intellectual Property
  • IP CO-LAB
  • Intellectual Property Transactions Practice
  • International Business Regulation
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Trade
  • Labor Law I
  • Law of Financial Institutions
  • Modern Real Estate Development
  • Negotiation
  • Quantitative Methods
  • State & Local Taxation
  • Trademark and Branding Law
  • Transactional Drafting Seminar
  • Whistleblower Law

Requirements: 

  • Twelve academic credits with two courses selected from a list of “core” courses; two from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses; and either a clinic, a paper or a coop in the field.

Health Policy & Law

Concentration Advisor:  Kristin Madison (k.madison@northeastern.edu)

Required Course:  Health Law

Core Courses:

  • Bioethics & the Law
  • Current Issues in Health Law & Policy
  • Drug Law & Policy
  • Global Health Law
  • Problems in Public Health Law

Relevant Courses:

  • Administrative Law
  • Advanced Legal & Interdisciplinary Research
  • Bioproperty
  • Disability Law
  • Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Economic Perspectives on Health Policy
  • Elder Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Global AIDS Seminar
  • Global Health
  • Health Care Fraud & Abuse Law
  • Legislation & Regulation
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Public Health Advocacy Clinic
  • Private Litigation in the Public Interest
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Reproductive & Sexual Health and Rights
  • Social Welfare Law

Requirements: 

  • Twelve academic credits, including Health Law, and one additional course selected from a list of “core” courses; two from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses; and either a clinic, a paper or a coop in the field.

Criminal Law & Justice

Concentration Advisor:  Deborah Ramirez (d.ramirez@northeastern.edu)

Core Courses:

  • Advanced Criminal Procedure: Adjudications
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure: Investigation

Relevant Courses:

  • Balancing Liberty & Security
  • Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Clinic
  • Criminal Defense Advocacy Externship
  • Criminal Trial Practice
  • Evidence
  • Federal Courts & the Federal System
  • Health Law Fraud & Abuse
  • Immigration Law
  • Juvenile Courts: Delinquency, Abuse & Neglect
  • Prisoners’ Rights Clinic
  • Race, Justice, and Reform
  • Social Welfare Law
  • Whistleblower Law
  • Wrongful Convictions & Post-Conviction Remedies

Requirements: 

  • Twelve academic credits with two courses selected from a list of “core” courses; two from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses; and either a clinic, a paper or a coop in the field.

 

 

International Law & Human Rights

Concentration Advisor: Martha Davis (m.davis@northeastern.edu)

Core Courses:

  • International Law
  • Human Rights & the Global Economy

Relevant Courses:

  • Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Clinic
  • Comparative Law: Law, Markets & Democracy in East Asia
  • Disability Law
  • Global AIDS Policy Seminar
  • Global Energy Justice
  • Global Health
  • Human Rights, the Environment, Development & Community Resilience
  • Human Rights in the United States
  • Immigration Law
  • Immigrant Justice Clinic
  • International Business Regulation
  • International Business Transactions
  • International & Foreign Legal Research
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Law & Economic Development
  • Prisoners’ Rights Clinic
  • Private Litigation in the Public Interest
  • Problems in Public Health Law
  • Public Health Advocacy Clinic
  • Refugee/Asylum Law
  • Reproductive & Sexual Health & Rights
  • Social Welfare Law
  • The Rights of Non-Citizens

Requirements: 

  • Twelve academic credits with two courses selected from a list of “core” courses; two from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses; and either a clinic, a paper or a coop in the field.

Law & Development

Concentration Advisor:  Daniel Danielsen (d.danielsen@northeastern.edu)

Core Courses:

  • Law & Economic Development
  • Community Economic Development

Relevant Courses:

  • Administrative Law
  • Basic Income Taxation
  • Consumer Law
  • Community Business Law Clinic
  • Comparative Law: Law, Markets & Democracy in East Asia
  • Corporations
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Disability Law
  • Education Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Global AIDS Policy Seminar
  • Global Health
  • Health Law
  • Health Law Fraud & Abuse
  • Human Behavior, Legal Doctrine & Policy Design
  • Human Rights & the Global Economy
  • Human Rights in the United States
  • Human Rights, the Environment, Development & Community Resilience
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Labor Law
  • Land Use
  • Law and Inequality
  • Law of Financial Institutions
  • Law & Technology
  • Legislation
  • Natural Resource Law
  • Poverty Law & Practice Clinic
  • Private Litigation in the Public Interest
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Reproductive & Sexual Rights & Health
  • Securities Regulation
  • Social Welfare Law
  • State & Local Government
  • State & Local Taxation

Requirements: 

  • Twelve academic credits with two courses selected from a list of “core” courses; two courses from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses; and either a clinic, a paper or a coop in the field.

 

Poverty Law & Economic Justice

Concentration Advisor:  Lucy Williams (lu.williams@northeastern.edu)

Core Courses:

  • Community Economic Development
  • Housing Matters: Fair Housing Laws & Homelessness
  • Law and Economic Development
  • Law and Inequality
  • Poverty Law and Practice Clinic
  • Social Welfare Law

Relevant Courses:

  • American Legal Thought
  • Administrative Law
  • Civil Rights & Restorative Justice Clinic
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Consumer Law
  • Critical Legal Approaches to Race
  • Disability Law
  • Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Drug Law and Policy
  • Economic Perspectives on Health Policy
  • Education Law
  • Elder Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Law: Compensation, Benefits and Retirement
  • Family Law
  • Givelber Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Global AIDS Policy Seminar
  • Health Law
  • Immigration Clinic
  • Immigration Law
  • Legal Interviewing & Counseling
  • Negotiation
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Problems in Public Health Law
  • Public Health Advocacy Clinic
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Refugees and Asylum Law
  • Reproductive and Sexual Rights and Health
  • Rights of Noncitizens
  • Sexuality, Gender and the Law
  • State and Local Government

Requirements: 

  • Twelve academic credits with two courses selected from a list of “core” courses; two courses from either the list of “core” courses or the list of “relevant” courses; and either a clinic, a paper or a coop in the field.

LLM Concentrations

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