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Northeastern University (School of Law)

At Northeastern University School of Law, innovation is our tradition. From the time of its founding in 1898, the law school has committed itself to addressing the needs of students and of society. As you explore our Web site, make sure to find out about our Cooperative Legal Education Program. Northeastern offers the only Co-op Program in the country: our law students receive their JD in the same three-year time period as students from other law schools, but graduate with the equivalent of one full year of legal experience.

With four co-op work experiences, many of our graduates find that they are better prepared for legal work than students who attend more traditional law schools. On average, 40 percent of our students accept post-graduate positions with their former co-op employers and 94 percent are placed within 6 months of graduation.

As you peruse our information on career services, you will note that our graduates pursue a wide range of job paths. Given our reputation as a nationally recognized leader in public interest law, it is not surprising that many of our graduates are involved in public service. Our graduates in private practice are also impressive: ranging from in-house counsel for major corporations such as Reebok International and The Gillette Company to partners in law firms of all sizes in the United States and abroad.

At Northeastern University School of Law, our mission is to fuse theory and practice with ethical and social justice ideals so that students understand what it is lawyers do, how they should do it and the difference they can make in the lives of others. We strive to produce lawyers who see the practice of law as a way to realize their goals, to find meaning and purpose in life, and to be of service to others in ways that are intellectually satisfying and personally rewarding.

Northeastern's unique approach to training law students for a career in the legal profession is known as Cooperative Legal Education. Under this program, students complete a traditional first year of academic study and then, for the remaining two years, alternate every three months between working full time as legal interns and attending classes on a full-time basis. The successful completion of four cooperative work quarters is a graduation requirement for all Northeastern law students.

While the law school is a small, close knit community, we are part of a much larger university environment which allows us to take advantage of many wonderful amenities and services. With an enrollment of more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students and approximately 4,300 faculty and staff, Northeastern University is one of the nation’s most dynamic private educational institutions. In addition to the School of Law, there are seven undergraduate colleges, eight graduate and professional schools and two undergraduate evening divisions. Approximately 140,000 living alumni/ae reside in all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., two U.S. territories and 115 countries.

Many law students take advantage of the Marino Recreation center, located directly across the street from the law school complex. The Marino Center is open for drop-in recreation, intramural and club sports, wellness and group excercise. The 81,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility offers a variety of cardiovascular exercise equipment, a free-weight room, selectorized weight equipment, basketball/volleyball/badminton courts and a three-lane suspended jogging track. The Cabot Physical Education Center is equipped with a swimming pool, racquetball/handball courts and an indoor track area, which can be used for tennis and intramural soccer and football leagues. Interested in a game of squash? The Badger and Rosen Squashbusters Center features eight world-class squash courts, a fitness center and multipurpose studio. Matthews Arena, home of the largest ice surface in the Boston area, is available for open skate and intramural ice hockey and broomball leagues.

The Office of Career Services, in collaboration with the Office of Cooperative Legal Education, helps students and graduates with all phases of short-term and long-term career planning. In addition to providing guidance, information and support, we provide a welcoming and safe place to discuss career-related issues and concerns. Our goal is to motivate students and graduates to be actively engaged in the career planning process and to take responsibility for making satisfying career choices.

Our placement rate is consistently strong, and, on average, 40 percent of students accept post-graduate employment with one of their former co-op employers Northeastern graduates work in the United States and abroad in careers that reflect the depth and breadth available to individuals who look for challenge, stimulation, meaning and satisfaction in their lives. Our graduates work in law firms, legal services offices, the judiciary, government, public interest organizations and business. They have represented some of the highest profile clients in the country and the least visible members of our society.

School name:Northeastern UniversitySchool of Law
Address:400 Huntington Avenue
Zip & city:MA 02115 Massachusetts

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