FlexJD. A top legal education that's flexible for today's professionals.
Northeastern Law’s full-time, on-campus trajectory to pursue a law degree doesn’t fit everyone. We get it. That’s why we developed the FlexJD — an ABA-accredited, part-time, primarily online program to meet the needs of working professionals. The flexibility of the FlexJD program and hybrid format provide access to students across the nation who are eager to take advantage of Northeastern Law’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program and rigorous curriculum but are not necessarily based in the Boston area.
Remote, Online Instruction
The majority of the FlexJD program instruction is conveniently delivered through dynamic, remote coursework and complemented by periodic on-campus intensives. The remote coursework incorporates weekly live, online courses with self-paced, recorded coursework that you complete on your own schedule. For the fall 2023 semester, live, online courses will be scheduled two evenings per week.* The dynamic remote coursework includes reading and writing assignments, assessments and discussion board contributions.
If you live in the Boston area, great. You already know how much New England has to offer. For those of you who want to spend more time in this vibrant city, take your first “T” ride or catch a Boston Red Sox game, the on-campus intensives provide you with the opportunity to study at Northeastern’s flagship campus while enjoying the culture and legal landscapes of our world-class city. During the required, on-campus intensives you’ll meet your classmates and faculty in-person and build upon the foundation you have created online. Beginning with orientation and continuing through graduation, the required on-campus intensives provide unparalleled opportunities to develop a strong sense of community and shared goals while advancing your legal education.
Over the course of the four-year FlexJD program, you are required to complete six on-campus intensives bound to the curriculum, each approximately four days long and scheduled around long weekends. Three of these intensives will occur during the first-year curriculum (the first during your first-semester orientation), with the remaining three periods take place in the upper-level years (the last during your bar-prep course in your final semester).
In the FlexJD program, your courses will be spread over four years rather than the full-time, three-year JD program, allowing you to balance your professional and personal commitments with pursuing your law degree. As a FlexJD student, you’ll experience Northeastern's foundational first-year JD curriculum. You'll also have access to a broad range of opportunities and upper-level courses, including clinical and skills-based courses to build your professional skills. See FlexJD curriculum here.
You’ll also complete semester-long co-op placements with legal employers through our Cooperative Legal Education Program and participate in numerous programs offered by our Center for Co-op and Career Development. After your four years, you’ll be ready to sit for the bar** and practice law — armed with unparalleled depth of knowledge and an abundance of legal experience. FlexJD students also have the support of dedicated FlexJD faculty and staff, as well as 24-7 technical support.
The FlexJD program is a 12 semester cohorted program that commences in the fall semester and ends with the summer semester. Students have an opportunity to apply for transfer to the full-time program after the 1L year, and again after their third spring term, upon approval of the academic dean.
*Eastern time. Exceptions to schedules may occur.
**Students applying to the FlexJD program should check with the jurisdictions in which they may seek admission to the bar to ensure that graduation from this program will make them eligible for taking the bar exam and being admitted to the bar in those jurisdictions. Because of the limits New York places on the use of distance education, FlexJD students cannot currently sit for the bar exam in New York.
FlexJD Student Testimonials
James Kane ’25
“I feel fortunate that I have found a program, at Northeastern, that fosters an environment of academic excellence and innovation whilst also supporting me as I continue to grow in my professional life.”
Rachel Vierra ’25
“I can confidently say the FlexJD program was the right choice for me to pursue my legal education. While the courses do require time outside of class to prepare and complete assignments, the workload has been compatible with my employment.”