Application Process

How to Apply

The challenge of three years of full-time continuous legal study requires that students have strong academic credentials and the ability to transfer their classroom learning into practical legal skills. While no specific field of undergraduate study is required, the mastery of oral and written communication skills, a capacity for independent research and the ability to analyze problems and to exercise critical judgment are essential to successful legal study.

To be eligible for admission, a candidate must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by the time of law school matriculation in August.

In making a determination with respect to each application, we consider academic criteria, including undergraduate grades and LSAT score, as well as other accomplishments, work experience, significant community involvement, the personal statement, recommendations from individuals who know the candidate well, and any other relevant information. Because of the structure of our Cooperative Legal Education Program, entrance to the first year is available only in the fall.


Character and Fitness Requirements
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every US jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Types of Admission

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First-Year JD Applicants

Our signature JD program includes almost a year of full-time legal work experience.

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FlexJD Applicants

We are offering our part-time, online and on-campus FlexJD option starting in fall 2021.

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Foreign-Trained Lawyers

Northeastern welcomes applications for the JD program from students who already hold a degree from a law school outside the US.

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Transfer Applicants

Northeastern welcomes qualified applicants who have completed their first year of study at another ABA-approved law school.

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Visiting Students

Students from other ABA-accredited law schools can apply to our visiting student program.

Pathways to Success

All Pathways