Law, JD

Students at Northeastern University School of Law gain unparalleled networking opportunities from the moment they walk in the door. While many law schools talk about offering work experience, Northeastern Law has been the nation’s leader in experiential legal education for five decades. Northeastern launched its Cooperative Legal Education Program in 1968 and today offers the largest and most extensive hands-on professional program in the country. Students devote several of their upper-level terms to working full-time as legal professionals. Through the co-op program, students have the opportunity to experience various fields of law in multiple practice settings.

Northeastern Law students gain real work experience and networking opportunities that far exceed the offerings of other law schools. With more than 1,500 employers in more than 40 states and a number of countries around the world, Northeastern students create professional networks in legal offices ranging from large firms in Boston to government agencies in Washington, D.C., to human rights organizations in Geneva. Through these connections and with access to the more than 8,000 alumni, Northeastern Law students graduate with not only a resumé packed full of experience but also a network that is unrivaled.

The School of Law offers a curriculum that provides students the tools they will need to pursue a successful legal career. In their first year, JD students complete required coursework. In their second and third years, they explore areas of interest by completing multiple full-time co-ops and taking courses that provide insight into many areas of the law. 

Concentration Options

The JD program offers several concentrations.  A student who seeks to complete a concentration may not also seek an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in the same subject area.

  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Criminal Law and Justice
  • Environmental and Energy Law 
  • Health Law and Policy
  • Intellectual Property and Innovation
  • International Business Law
  • International Law and Human Rights
  • Labor, Work, and Income
  • Law and Development 
  • Poverty Law and Economic Justice
  • Privacy Law

Note: Students may choose one or more concentration areas but are not required to complete a concentration.

Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificates

JD students have the option to pursue one of the following interdisciplinary graduate certificates.  Students seeking an interdisciplinary graduate certificate may not pursue a concentration in the same subject area:

Dual Degrees

The School of Law offers multiple dual degrees

For a more comprehensive description of policies, procedures, and requirements pertaining to the JD program, please refer to the School of Law's website.

Complete all courses and requirements described below.

Milestones

Public Interest Requirement 1
Upper-Level Rigorous Writing Requirement 2
Experiential Education Requirement 2
Co-op Requirement: Co-ops corresponding to three terms 3
Note: All courses used to satisfy JD requirements must be completed with a passing grade. Students must satisfactorily complete all JD requirements, including the public interest requirement, the upper-level rigorous writing requirement, the experiential education requirement, and the co-op requirement.

First-Year Course Requirements

Fall Term
LAW 6100Civil Procedure5
LAW 6105Property4
LAW 6106Torts4
LAW 6160Legal Skills in Social Context2
LAW 6165LSSC: Legal Research and Writing Component2
Spring Term
LAW 6101Constitutional Law4
LAW 6102Contracts5
LAW 6103Criminal Justice4
LAW 6160Legal Skills in Social Context2
LAW 6165LSSC: Legal Research and Writing Component2

Upper-Level Course Requirements

Professional Responsibility
LAW 7443Professional Responsibility3
or LAW 7509 Professional Responsibility Seminar
Electives46

Rules and policies applicable to elective coursework are described in the School of Law Student Information Handbook.

Concentration Options

Students may choose one or more concentration areas but are not required to complete a concentration.  Students may choose to pursue concentrations by taking at least 12 credits of courses that satisfy the requirements of the concentration, along with an appropriate clinic, paper, or co-op.  Concentration requirements are described in more detail in the Student Information Handbook. 

A student who seeks to complete a concentration may not also seek an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in the same subject area.

Concentration in Business and Commercial Law

Core Courses
Complete two of the following:
LAW 7303Antitrust3
LAW 7479Basic Income Taxation4
LAW 7503Business Bankruptcy3
LAW 7400Corporate Taxation4
LAW 7323Corporations4
LAW 7434Secured Transactions4
LAW 7313Secured Transactions (as an alternative to LAW 7434)3
LAW 7324Securities Regulation3
Relevant Elective Courses
Complete at least two core courses or two of the following:
LAW 7449Alternative Dispute Resolution3
LAW 7521Branding Law and Practice4
LAW 7610Community Business Law Clinic6
LAW 7315Consumer Bankruptcy3
LAW 7607Consumer Law3
LAW 7556Corporate Finance3
LAW 7417Entertainment Law3
LAW 7329Environmental Law3
LAW 7629Inside Counsel2
LAW 7369Intellectual Property3
LAW 7633IP CO-LAB Clinic6
LAW 7565Intellectual Property Transactions Practice3
LAW 7603International Business Transactions3
LAW 7559International Trade3
LAW 7424Labor Law 14
LAW 7546Law of Financial Institutions3
LAW 7350Negotiation3
LAW 7447Quantitative Methods3
LAW 7423State Local Taxation3
LAW 7638Trademark Law3
LAW 7572Transactional Drafting Seminar3
LAW 7622Whistleblower Law2

Concentration in Criminal Law and Justice

Core Courses
LAW 7301Advanced Criminal Procedure: Adjudication3
LAW 7495Advanced Criminal Procedure: Investigation3
Relevant Elective Courses
Complete two of the following:
LAW 7528Balancing Liberty and Security Seminar3
LAW 7597Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic6
LAW 7326Criminal Trial Practice2
LAW 7332Evidence4
LAW 7398Federal Courts and the Federal System4
LAW 7619Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Law3
LAW 7336Immigration Law3
LAW 7526Juvenile Courts: Delinquency, Abuse, Neglect3
LAW 7351Prisoners' Rights Clinic6
LAW 7654Race, Justice, and Reform6
LAW 7358Social Welfare Law3
LAW 7622Whistleblower Law2
LAW 7612Wrongful Convictions and Post-Conviction Remedies3

Concentration in Environmental and Energy Law 

Core Courses
Complete two of the following:
LAW 7634Energy Law and Policy3
LAW 7329Environmental Law3
LAW 7538International Environmental Law3
LAW 7559International Trade3
LAW 7394Land Use3
LAW 7514Natural Resources Law3
Relevant Elective Courses
Complete at least two core courses or two of the following:
LAW 7300Administrative Law3
LAW 7602Bioproperty3
LAW 7320Constitutional Litigation3
LAW 7323Corporations4
LAW 7600Current Issues in Health Law and Policy3
LAW 7569International and Foreign Legal Research2
LAW 7350Negotiation3
LAW 7561Private Litigation in the Public Interest3
LAW 7463Non-Profit Organizations3
LAW 7527Public Health Legal Clinic4
LAW 7447Quantitative Methods3
LAW 7428State Local Government3
LAW 7929Moot Courts and Legal Competitions (National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition)1-4

Concentration in Health Law and Policy

Required Course
LAW 7335Health Law3
Core Course
Complete one of the following:
LAW 7494Bioethics and the Law3
LAW 7600Current Issues in Health Law and Policy3
LAW 7606Drug Law and Policy3
LAW 7512Problems in Public Health Law3
Relevant Elective Courses
Complete at least two core courses or two of the following:
LAW 7300Administrative Law3
LAW 7624Advanced Legal and Interdisciplinary Research2
LAW 7602Bioproperty3
LAW 7469Disability Law3
LAW 7410Domestic Violence Clinic6
LAW 7617Economic Perspectives on Health Policy4
LAW 7582Elder Law3
LAW 7536Employment Law Safety Health3
LAW 7329Environmental Law3
LAW 7541Global AIDS Policy Seminar3
LAW 7619Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Law3
LAW 7670Legislation and Regulation3
LAW 7463Non-Profit Organizations3
LAW 7561Private Litigation in the Public Interest3
LAW 7527Public Health Legal Clinic4
LAW 7447Quantitative Methods3
LAW 7588Reproductive and Sexual Rights and Health3
LAW 7358Social Welfare Law3

Concentration in Intellectual Property and Innovation

Core Courses
Complete two of the following:
LAW 7590Copyright Law3
LAW 7369Intellectual Property3
LAW 7501Patent Law3
LAW 7638Trademark Law3
Relevant Elective Courses
Complete at least two core courses or two of the following:
LAW 7344Accounting/Finance for Lawyers3
LAW 7303Antitrust3
LAW 7602Bioproperty3
LAW 7521Branding Law and Practice4
LAW 7643Creative and Innovative Economies: IP, Commercial Development, and Sustainable Business Practice3
LAW 7417Entertainment Law3
LAW 7541Global AIDS Policy Seminar3
LAW 7675Information Privacy Law3
LAW 7640Information Security Law3
LAW 7633IP CO-LAB Clinic6
LAW 7565Intellectual Property Transactions Practice3
LAW 7639Internet Law3
LAW 7635Laboratory Seminar in Applied Design and Legal Empowerment3
LAW 7669Law and Technology3
LAW 7670Legislation and Regulation3

Concentration in International Business Law

Core Courses
Complete two of the following:
LAW 7323Corporations4
LAW 7603International Business Transactions3
LAW 7559International Trade3
LAW 7525Law and Economic Development3
Relevant Elective Courses
Complete at least two core courses or two of the following:
LAW 7580Community Economic Development3
LAW 7549Comparative Law: Law, Markets and Democracy in East Asia3
LAW 7400Corporate Taxation4
LAW 7541Global AIDS Policy Seminar3
LAW 7336Immigration Law3
LAW 7369Intellectual Property3
LAW 7565Intellectual Property Transactions Practice3
LAW 7569International and Foreign Legal Research2
LAW 7491International Human Rights and the Global Economy3
LAW 7554International Investment Arbitration and Litigation Practice2
LAW 7350Negotiation3
LAW 7434Secured Transactions4
LAW 7313Secured Transactions (as an alternative to LAW 7434)3
LAW 7572Transactional Drafting Seminar3
LAW 7622Whistleblower Law2

Concentration in International Law and Human Rights

Core Courses
LAW 7338International Law3
LAW 7491International Human Rights and the Global Economy3
Relevant Elective Courses
Complete at least two of the following:
LAW 7597Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic6
LAW 7549Comparative Law: Law, Markets and Democracy in East Asia3
LAW 7469Disability Law3
LAW 7541Global AIDS Policy Seminar3
LAW 7676Energy Justice: Theory, Law, and Policy for a Just Clean Energy Transition3
LAW 7666Human Rights, the Environment, Development and Community Resilience3
LAW 7651Human Rights in the United States3
LAW 7657Immigrant Justice Clinic6
LAW 7336Immigration Law3
LAW 7569International and Foreign Legal Research2
LAW 7603International Business Transactions3
LAW 7538International Environmental Law3
LAW 7559International Trade3
LAW 7525Law and Economic Development3
LAW 7351Prisoners' Rights Clinic6
LAW 7561Private Litigation in the Public Interest3
LAW 7512Problems in Public Health Law3
LAW 7527Public Health Legal Clinic4
LAW 7550Refugee and Asylum Law3
LAW 7588Reproductive and Sexual Rights and Health3
LAW 7581Rights of Noncitizens3
LAW 7358Social Welfare Law3

Concentration in Labor, Work, and Income

Core Courses
Complete two of the following:
LAW 7424Labor Law 14
LAW 7429Labor Law 23
LAW 7540Employment Law—Compensation, Benefits, and Retirement3
LAW 7539Employment Law—Job Security and Rights3
LAW 7536Employment Law Safety Health3
LAW 7448Employment Discrimination3
LAW 7511Labor Arbitration Workshop3
LAW 7358Social Welfare Law3
Relevant Elective Courses
Complete at least two core courses or two of the following:
LAW 7300Administrative Law3
LAW 7449Alternative Dispute Resolution3
LAW 7469Disability Law3
LAW 7417Entertainment Law3
LAW 7398Federal Courts and the Federal System4
LAW 7335Health Law3
LAW 7336Immigration Law3
LAW 7535Legal Interviewing Counseling3
LAW 7350Negotiation3
LAW 7515Sports Law3
LAW 7622Whistleblower Law2

Concentration in Law and Development 

Core Courses
LAW 7525Law and Economic Development3
LAW 7580Community Economic Development3
Relevant Elective Courses
Complete two of the following:
LAW 7300Administrative Law3
LAW 7479Basic Income Taxation4
LAW 7610Community Business Law Clinic6
LAW 7549Comparative Law: Law, Markets and Democracy in East Asia3
LAW 7607Consumer Law3
LAW 7400Corporate Taxation4
LAW 7323Corporations4
LAW 7469Disability Law3
LAW 7530Education Law3
LAW 7329Environmental Law3
LAW 7541Global AIDS Policy Seminar3
LAW 7335Health Law3
LAW 7619Healthcare Fraud and Abuse Law3
LAW 7666Human Rights, the Environment, Development and Community Resilience3
LAW 7651Human Rights in the United States3
LAW 7369Intellectual Property3
LAW 7538International Environmental Law3
LAW 7491International Human Rights and the Global Economy3
LAW 7559International Trade3
LAW 7424Labor Law 14
LAW 7394Land Use3
LAW 7664Law and Inequality3
LAW 7669Law and Technology3
LAW 7546Law of Financial Institutions3
LAW 7670Legislation and Regulation3
LAW 7514Natural Resources Law3
LAW 7362Poverty Law and Practice Clinic6
LAW 7561Private Litigation in the Public Interest3
LAW 7447Quantitative Methods3
LAW 7588Reproductive and Sexual Rights and Health3
LAW 7324Securities Regulation3
LAW 7358Social Welfare Law3
LAW 7428State Local Government3
LAW 7423State Local Taxation3

Concentration in Poverty Law and Economic Justice

Core Courses
Complete two of the following:
LAW 7580Community Economic Development3
LAW 7665Housing Law3
LAW 7525Law and Economic Development3
LAW 7664Law and Inequality3
LAW 7362Poverty Law and Practice Clinic6
LAW 7358Social Welfare Law3
Relevant Elective Courses
Complete at least two core courses or two of the following:
LAW 7300Administrative Law3
LAW 7608American Legal Thought: Traditional and Critical3
LAW 7597Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Clinic6
LAW 7306Civil Trial Practice2
LAW 7607Consumer Law3
LAW 7487Critical Race Theory3
LAW 7469Disability Law3
LAW 7410Domestic Violence Clinic6
LAW 7606Drug Law and Policy3
LAW 7617Economic Perspectives on Health Policy4
LAW 7530Education Law3
LAW 7582Elder Law3
LAW 7448Employment Discrimination3
LAW 7540Employment Law—Compensation, Benefits, and Retirement3
LAW 7333Family Law3
LAW 7541Global AIDS Policy Seminar3
LAW 7335Health Law3
LAW 7657Immigrant Justice Clinic6
LAW 7336Immigration Law3
LAW 7535Legal Interviewing Counseling3
LAW 7350Negotiation3
LAW 7463Non-Profit Organizations3
LAW 7512Problems in Public Health Law3
LAW 7527Public Health Legal Clinic4
LAW 7447Quantitative Methods3
LAW 7550Refugee and Asylum Law3
LAW 7588Reproductive and Sexual Rights and Health3
LAW 7581Rights of Noncitizens3
LAW 7488Sexuality, Gender, and the Law3
LAW 7428State Local Government3

Concentration in Privacy Law

Core Courses
Complete two of the following:
LAW 7675Information Privacy Law3
LAW 7640Information Security Law3
LAW 7639Internet Law3
LAW 7672Data Privacy Compliance in the 21st Century3
Relevant Elective Courses
Complete at least two core courses or two of the following:
LAW 7494Bioethics and the Law3
LAW 7602Bioproperty3
LAW 7610Community Business Law Clinic6
LAW 7607Consumer Law3
LAW 7530Education Law3
LAW 7539Employment Law—Job Security and Rights3
LAW 7417Entertainment Law3
LAW 7475First Amendment3
LAW 7335Health Law3
LAW 7369Intellectual Property3
LAW 7565Intellectual Property Transactions Practice3
LAW 7633IP CO-LAB Clinic6
LAW 7546Law of Financial Institutions3
LAW 7622Whistleblower Law2

For a more comprehensive description of program requirements, please consult the 2020–2021 Student Information Handbook.

Program Credit Requirement

83 total credit hours required: 34 credits earned during the first year and a minimum of 49 credits earned during upper-level academic terms.