Creative Practice Leadership

JD/MS in Creative Practice Leadership

This dual-degree track takes advantage of Northeastern’s unique and dynamic co-op program, which provides students with opportunities for real-world, experiential learning at the intersection of law and creative practice.

Over the course of four years, the program enrolls students successively in the university’s School of Law and College of Arts, Media and Design. JD/MS candidates must complete the first and last years of the program in the School of Law. The year of creative practice courses in the College of Arts, Media and Design may be taken during either the second or third year.

Examples of JD Courses in the Program

  • Commercial Law: Bankruptcy
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Corporations
  • Intellectual Property
  • IP Transactions Practice
  • International Law
  • International Litigation
  • International Taxation
  • International Trade Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law

Examples of MS Core Courses in the Program

  • Critical Foundations of Creative Practice Leadership
  • Models for Applied Inquiry in Creative Practice
  • Topics in Communication Strategies
  • Projects in Creative Practice Leadership


Examples of MS Elective Courses in the Program

  • Intellectual Property for Music Management
  • Performance Studies
  • Visualization Technologies 1: Fundamentals
  • Design for Behavior and Experience
  • Art, Media, Participation
  • Media and Advocacy in Theory and Practice


Candidates for the JD/MS program must independently apply and gain admission to the School of Law and the College of Arts, Media and Design. Admission to one school does not ensure admission to the other. Candidates may apply to both schools prior to matriculation at the law school, or students may wait until they are enrolled in the School of Law before seeking admission to the College of Arts, Media and Design. During either the first or second year of law school, students may apply to the MS program during the fall or spring for enrollment the following September. Students enrolled in law school who are interested in pursuing this dual degree should contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and Professor Kara Swanson, JD/MS faculty advisor, during the fall of their first or second year for further information.

For more information on the MS program, visit the Creative Practice Leadership webpage.