Overview

Applicants
2,951
Acceptance Rate
38%
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
206

Test Scores

LSAT
154 - 163

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
February 15

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$75

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors


Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
103

54.4
Female
19.4
Minority


Students Say

In nearly every aspect of the legal education, Northeastern University School of Law sets itself apart as a school that focuses on practical, cooperative education and largely attracts students and faculty who “are committed to public interest and to a legal education that molds intelligent, hardworking and compassionate lawyers.” While the school is based in Boston, NUSL’s signature co-operative education program allows secondand third-year students to pursue internships and externships “across the world.” While 1Ls follow a traditional curriculum, the second two years of education follow a quarter system where students spend alternating quarters on experiential learning assignments. While this can make planning a bit of a struggle, students say that the school does a good job “making sure that every student gets four internship experiences they are excited about.” “The co-op program does make your 2nd and 3rd years go by very quickly,” but the quarter system “[keeps] it interesting; the co-op opportunities let you practice before your peers” at other institutions might be able to.
While the school maintains a “deserved reputation as a place for people who want to do public interest work to study,” “many more corporate, conservative types are in attendance, and programs catering to these interests are being added rapidly.” There is also “a good amount of public interest work, clinics and, with the requirement of four internships to graduate, opportunities for practical experience.” Students appreciate that “the school has grown with a much more well-rounded curriculum.” While many students will follow public interest careers, “getting a big law job isn’t hard if you go for it.”
Students rave about the co-op program, which they say “truly allows for [each] student to have exposure to the legal practice immediately following the first year [of] classes.” One graduating senior boasts, “I [will leave] law school with four diverse practice areas on my résumé, and a lot of practice legal experience to boot.” They are a bit colder about “the co-op and professional advising offices,” where some find it “difficult to get . . . necessary help.” However, other service components of the college seem to be performing well. Despite the library “downsizing a ton,” “the law library staff is amazing, able to help with research issues even while you’re away on co-op, and the building itself is currently getting a much needed facelift.” Many students think that these issues are temporary and say that “the administration has recently made great hires and is on the rise.”
NUSL faculty are “famous scholars, judges, and professionals” beloved by students for their openness, accessibility, and practical approaches. “My 1L professors were exceptional at bringing simulations, writing exercises, and a practical focus into the doctrinal subjects,” one student explains. “The focus is on learning by doing rather than just listening to lectures.” While the faculty generally “lean to the left, it is possible to be a conservative and do quite well at northeastern. Professors are open to many opinions and often look to conservative students for a different viewpoint.” They “care about each student’s performance in their class,” but also help student with “the trajectory of our legal careers based on our interests as well.”
NUSL has done away with grades and class ranking. Instead, students receive detailed feedback from their professors and receive honorifics for exemplary work. Students love that the evaluation system provides “meaningful feedback from professors rather than a simple letter grade,” and argue that the system cultivates an “environment that is cooperative and supportive instead of competitive and stressful,” creating a “community of learners.” “Students are focused more on truly learning rather than grades,” one student notes.

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
83%
Median Starting Salary
$57,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
81%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
39%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
30

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Northeastern University School of Law’s cooperative legal education program does more than prepare you for the job market — the experiences students have on co-op often can lead directly to a job offer. The following is a selected list of employers who most frequently hire our graduates: -Nixon Peabody -U.S. Bankruptcy courts -Ropes & Gray -Committee for Public Counsel Services (Public Defender in Massachusetts) -Equal Justice Works Fellowships -Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Boston -Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, Greater Boston area -Legal Services Offices in Massachusetts and New York -Massachusetts Appeals and Supreme Judicial Courts -Health Law Advocates -State Street Bank & Trust Company -Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights -Goulston & Storrs -US Department of Justice -WilmerHale

Graduates Employed by Area

1%
Military

Prominent Alumni

Mary Bonauto
Civil Rights Project Director, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Maura Healey
Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Andrew Glincher
CEO and Managing Partner, Nixon Peabody

William "Mo" Cowan
US Senator (ret.); GE's Vice President, Litigation and Legal Policy

Margaret Hassan
US Senator, State of New Hampshire

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Feb 15
Application Deadlines
Mar 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$55,968

% Students Receiving Some Aid
91%

Direct Lender
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,790
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$17,100
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$17,100
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$2,499
Fees
$120

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
486
Parent Institution Enrollement
35,696

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
14
Average Age at Entry
25

% Out-of-State
49%
% International
2%

Demographics

33.30%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
63% female
37% male

Campus Life

Students Say

The cooperative attitude extends to other parts of campus life as well. “Students here collaborate all of the time, in legal atmospheres and social atmospheres,” one student explains. Biweekly “bar events are called ‘Bar Reviews’” are well attended “and quite fun.” While many students said they “couldn’t stress enough how liberal the school is,” many pushed back. Some chalk up the perception of an overwhelmingly liberal school to “the most vocal elements of the student body” overshadowing “a sizeable plurality of students who disagree but feel uncomfortable speaking up about it.” Either way, “As someone who falls slightly on the right side politically,” one student explained, “I’ve had no problems here and [have] made friends who are much more conservative in differing ways. You do have to watch what you say or you may feel slightly attacked, but as future lawyers we should be ready for confrontation and learn how to handle it productively . . . [and] my very liberal friends remain open minded and interested in debates.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Address
416 Huntington Avenue
101 Knowles
Boston, MA 02115

Phone
617-373-2395

Email
lawadmissions@neu.edu