Northeastern University School of Law

Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL) is the law school of Northeastern University in Boston. The School of Law is nationally recognized for its public interest law and cooperative legal education programs.[5]

Northeastern University School of Law
MottoLux, Veritas, Virtus
Parent schoolNortheastern University
School typePrivate
Parent endowment$ 795.0 million (2017)[1]
DeanJames Hackney[2]
LocationBoston, Massachusetts, USA
USNWR ranking67th[4]
Bar pass rate90.3%[3]
ABA profileNortheastern University Law School Profile
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Northeastern University School of Law was founded by YMCA of Greater Boston in 1898 as the first evening law program in the city.[6] The program was incorporated as an LL.B.-granting law school, the Evening School of Law of Boston YMCA, in 1904.[6] Additional campuses of YMCA Law School were opened in Worcester, Massachusetts by 1917, in Springfield, Massachusetts by 1919, and Providence, Rhode Island by 1921. The Worcester and Providence branches were closed by 1942, but the Springfield branch eventually became the Western New England University School of Law.[7] In its early days, the school "saw itself as the working man's alternative to the elite schools" and "boasted of being 'An Evening Law School with Day School Standards,'" using the case method of teaching, according to legal historian Robert Stevens.[7]

The school was renamed Northeastern University School of Law in 1922 and began admitting women that year.[6] NUSL was accredited by the University of the State of New York in 1943 and became a member of the Association of American Law Schools in 1945.[6] It was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1969.[8]

Notable featuresEdit

The School of Law is named as one of the top public interest law schools in the nation.[9] All students are required to complete a public interest co-op, and many students participate in the school's clinics and institutes, such as the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project.[10] In addition, all students are required to complete a year-long social justice project during their first year.

Northeastern is #1 for "Practical Training," according to The National Jurist.[11]

The Princeton Review's "The Best 172 Law Schools" ranks Northeastern #2 among all the law schools for both providing the "best environment" for minority students and for having the "most liberal" students.[12]



  1. ^ As of June 30, 2016. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2015 to FY 2016" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute. 2017. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-05-31.
  2. ^ "Welcome from Dean James Hackney". Northeastern University School of Law. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Northeastern University Law School ABA 509 Report
  4. ^ "Best Law School".
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  6. ^ a b c d "Northeastern Timeline". Northeastern University. Archived from the original on 19 September 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  7. ^ a b Bocking Stevens, Robert (1983). Law School: Legal Education in America from the 1850s to the 1980s. Union, New Jersey: The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN 9781584771999. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Alphabetical School List". American Bar Association. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Best schools for public interest law | the National Jurist". Retrieved 2015-12-14.
  10. ^ "The Goal: To Remember Each Jim Crow Killing, From The '30s On". NPR. January 3, 2015. Archived from the original on January 3, 2015. Retrieved January 3, 2015.
  11. ^ Mike, Stetz. "Best Schools for Practical Training". The National Jurist.
  12. ^ "The Best 172 Law Schools". The Princeton Review. Archived from the original on 2016-09-02.

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Coordinates: 42°20′21.15″N 71°5′26.93″W / 42.3392083°N 71.0908139°W / 42.3392083; -71.0908139