Privacy Law

JD x Graduate Certificate in Privacy Law

As a lawyer, you need to understand the needs and goals of your clients and the context for the legal work you are doing.

To provide you with the big picture in a specific area of expertise, Northeastern University School of Law offers a range of certificates that are interdisciplinary, bringing together the unique strengths of our law school and global university, and our leadership in experience-based education.

With a JD x Graduate Certificate in Privacy Law, you’ll multiply the options open to you as a lawyer and develop real expertise.

JDx Privacy

Information privacy law is a rapidly growing legal field. And yet, to date, approximately only a quarter of US law schools have classes devoted to privacy or information security. The demand for information privacy lawyers is growing exponentially, with privacy offices in nearly every large company and every governmental agency. The number of privacy and information security laws grows yearly, with states and the federal government independently enacting multiple and overlapping statutes to protect and manage the diverse forms of data required to conduct business, serve communities, and live in our digital world today.

The interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Privacy Law encompasses a wide range of courses in data management and privacy, information ethics, internet law, marketing, consumer behavior and more. Through courses, co-ops, clinics and writing a substantial paper, your studies will be grounded in the context of law and gain laser-focused knowledge, industry-informed observations and unique insights, both from your law professors and from faculty and colleagues across our global university.

If you want to deepen your knowledge and develop their expertise in the field of privacy law the Graduate Certificate in Privacy Law will position you for launching a career on this exciting new frontier.

Sample Courses
Artificial Intelligence Ethics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics and Digital Rights
Consumer Behavior
Data Management in Healthcare
Data Privacy Compliance in the 21st Century
Information Privacy Law
Information Security Law
Internet Law
Perspective on Journalism Ethics
Science, Technology and Public Policy

Related Clinics
Intellectual Property Law Clinic

Sample Co-ops
ACLU of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts
ACLU, Technology and Liberties Project, Washington, DC
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Massachusetts
edX Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts
Electronic Frontier Foundation, San Francisco, California
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Washington, DC
Federal Trade Commission, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Washington, DC
Federal Trade Commission, Western Region, San Francisco, California
Future of Privacy Forum, Washington, DC
IBM, Cambridge, Massachusetts
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Portsmouth, New Hampshire
National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA). Washington, DC
National Employment Lawyers Association, Employee Rights Advocacy Institute for Law and Policy, Oakland, California
New York University, Langone Health, Office of General Counsel (New York, NY)
OneTrust, Sandy Springs, Georgia
Plum Voice, Boston, Massachusettws
Prince, Lobel, Tye, Data Privacy and Security Practice, Boston, Massachusetts
Progress Software Corporation, Bedford, Massachusetts
Traackr, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Privacy Department, Boston, Massachusetts
Wellframe, Boston, Massachusetts

>> Requirements

Additional Privacy Law Opportunities

  • The Center for Law, Information and Creativity (CLIC) combines the study of innovation and creativity with Northeastern University School of Law’s social justice mission. CLIC is a unique environment attracting diverse scholars, lawyers, students, creators, innovators, start-up ventures and established companies to study the regulation of intellectual property and technology with the aim of promoting progress.
  • The Intellectual Property Society is comprised of students interested in intellectual property law and its role in our society. In addition to holding meetings several times a year, the society invites speakers to discuss cutting-edge intellectual property issues and careers in intellectual property.
  • The Law and Information Society (LIS) largely focuses on promoting regulatory frameworks for privacy and technology. The mission of LIS is to promote an open dialogue around the impact that the information revolution has on our society, including recent advances in technology and privacy that have drastically altered our ability to communicate, convey and consume information and shape our discussions surrounding privacy and technology laws.

Additional Privacy Law Certificate

  • Northeastern law students may become Certified Information Practice Professionals (CIPP) through the International Association of Privacy Professional’s (IAPP) Privacy Pathways program.