The Northeastern University School of Law and the D’Amore-McKim School of Business offer a dual-degree pathway between the Juris Doctor and Master of Science in Accounting and Business Administration programs. Our robust program positions students without a previous accounting background to operate effectively in specialized fields such as taxation law, corporate finance, or mergers and acquisitions. Successful students will gain not only advanced legal expertise but the fundamental, yet future-forward accounting and business knowledge students need to succeed.
Our dual-degree program is a full-time, four-year course of study that includes multiple experience-driven learning opportunities, allowing students to gain valuable work experience in both legal and public accounting before they graduate. Students may have the opportunity to make a real impact during two co-ops in legal departments, law firms, government agencies, judges’ chambers, or other legal settings. They’ll also have the chance to perform independent work during the busy tax season as part of their corporate residency at a top accounting firm. Students will ordinarily complete two years of the law curriculum, followed by 15 months of the combined accounting and business administration curriculum, before returning to finish their studies in the law school.
Students pursuing the dual degree will be able to enroll in 12 semester hours from the accounting and business administration curriculum that will also count toward the law curriculum. The corporate residency at an accounting firm may fulfill the requirement for the third co-op required for the law curriculum. Students are encouraged to consult with their law advisor as they plan their course schedule.
All JD students, including FlexJD students, are ordinarily eligible to apply into dual degree pathways.