Doctor of Law and Policy

Program Format
Online|Seattle Residency Requirement|
Application Deadlines
Fall 2019 Term:
Final Deadline: Aug. 1, 2019
Credits Required for Graduation
44 Quarter Hours

Doctor of Law and Policy

Today’s professionals operate in an increasingly complex and global environment. Northeastern’s Doctor of Law and Policy Program empowers leaders working in government, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors to advance in their careers with a deeper understanding of public policy. Our Doctor of Law and Policy engages students in advanced coursework that develops legal reasoning, research, and policy analysis skills. By examining the intersection of three key themes—law, research, and policy—within their professional fields, the program prepares leaders to tackle practical challenges with a multidisciplinary approach.

Expert faculty members guide working professionals through this flexible program that combines online learning with the depth of immersive residencies. Classes meet in Seattle quarterly, with online learning throughout the rest of year to allow for greater flexibility. Since its launch in 2005, the Doctor of Law and Policy Program has helped working professionals become change agents in industries such as government, human services, and higher education.

Unique Features

  • Our flexible 3-year program, designed for professionals with at least 3 years of experience, allows students to take 1 to 2 classes per term as opposed to 3 (Note: Education can be used in lieu of formal experience)
  • Hybrid format with classes meeting quarterly on-ground, and online learning throughout the rest of the year.
  • Quarterly residencies in Seattle offer students the advantages of interactive learning without the restrictions of a traditional doctoral program
  • Learn from faculty with decades of experience as international consultants, higher education consulting experts, legal experts, and experts in development policy.
  • Past guest speakers have included Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas; Congressional journalists from CNN, NPR, Buzzfeed, and Politico; Marty Baron, Executive Editor of the Washington Post; Representative Joseph Kennedy III; Lonnie Bunch, Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture; Mason Dunn, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition; and Dr. Victor Dzau, President of the National Academy of Medicine

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If now is not the right time for you to enroll in a Northeastern University–Seattle master’s or doctoral degree program, but you know that advanced study will enhance your skills and career potential, consider our graduate certificate programs.