Northeastern Law Extends FlexJD Program to Prospective Students Across the Nation


10.18.22 — To expand access to a top-tier legal education, Northeastern University School of Law will extend its FlexJD program to prospective students across the nation beginning in fall 2023. The four-year FlexJD is ideally suited for well-qualified, working professionals who intend to continue their full-time employment while pursuing a law degree.

“Our FlexJD students have embraced the self-paced and online coursework since the program launched for Boston-area students in fall 2021,” said Dean James Hackney. “This is an exciting time for working professionals who want to earn a law degree on their own schedule and take advantage of our leadership in practical legal training. The FlexJD program makes a first-rate legal education accessible to students wherever they are.”

The ABA-approved, part-time FlexJD is conveniently delivered through dynamic, remote coursework combining weekly scheduled live online lectures with flexible recorded assignments that students can complete on their own schedule. In addition, the newly expanded FlexJD program will include only six required on-campus visits spread throughout the four-year program. The on-campus meetings will allow students to interact with their classmates and instructors face-to-face and create optimal networking opportunities.

The FlexJD reinforces Northeastern Law’s commitment to educating a diverse student base and takes advantage of the school’s leadership in practical training. All FlexJD students participate in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program, which provides semester-long legal work experiences with more than 1,000 employers across the globe.

FlexJD students take the same first-year foundational curriculum as full-time JD students and have access to a broad range of opportunities and upper-level courses, including clinical and skills-based courses. FlexJD students also have the support of dedicated FlexJD faculty and 24-7 technical support.

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.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country. Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences through its signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. More than 1,000 employers worldwide in a wide range of legal, government, nonprofit and business organizations participate in the program. With a focus on social justice and innovation, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experiences to successfully practice law.

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