Northeastern University School of Law

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Northeastern University School of Law is an American Bar Association-accredited law school within Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, with a unique cooperative education approach incorporated into its curriculum. The school describes itself as "the premier public-interest law school in the United States." Northeastern University School of Law was founded in 1898 as Boston's first law school that offered classes in the evening. It flourished throughout the earlier part of the last century, but limited resources forced the school to close in 1956. It reopened in 1968 organized around its revolutionary cooperative education program, which stressed practical experience in legal settings as the best way to learn the art and craft of lawyering.

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Northeastern Law School Admissions

Northeastern Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 35% of its applicants. Comparatively, Northeastern is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 2965 1030 (34.74%) 140 (4.7%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.30 3.55 3.75
LSAT 152 161 162

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $46,520 $46,520
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $19,500
  • Living off-campus: $19,500
  • Living at home: $7,500

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 12/15
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 04/01
  • Application Fee: $75

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Northeastern Law School Community

Northeastern Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Northeastern is Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 32
  • Part Time: 33


  • # Female Faculty: 31
  • # Minority Faculty: 10


14.2 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Northeastern Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Northeastern Law School 1L section size is 60% smaller than law schools in Massachusetts and 39% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Northeastern Law School: 105
Massachusetts Average: 168
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 380
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 108

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 691
  • Law Journals: 92
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 7.8%
  • Second Year: 2.3%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Northeastern Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Northeastern Law School class of 2023 had an employment rate of 83% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2023, 80.5%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 37.0%
  • Business: 17.0%
  • Government: 14.0%
  • Public Interest: 20.0%
  • Academia: 5.0%
  • Massachusetts: 53%
  • New York: 12%
  • District of Columbia: 5%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 80.5%
  • First Time Takers: 220
  • Average School: 79.7%
  • Average State: 81.4%
  • Pass Difference: -1.8%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Massachusetts: 83.2%
  • Passed: 91 of 109 (83.5%)
  • State Average: 81.4%
  • Difference: 0.3%