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Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA

published October 23, 2006

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The history of the School of Law, however, has not been characterized by smooth sailing. In 1956, scarcity of resources forced the school to shut down. Faithful alumni struggled to breathe life into the floundering university for more than 10 years. In 1968, their perseverance finally paid off. The School of Law reopened with a new enthusiasm for success and a new educational focus: cooperative legal education. This innovative approach to teaching law highlighted the interdependent relationship between theory and practice, and educators at the school strove to weave this concept seamlessly into the curriculum, along with ethical and social justice ideals. In 1969, just one year after its reopening, Northeastern University School of Law was accredited by the American Bar Association. In 1970, the school's newly established reputation for excellence warranted its admission as a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Alumni of NUSL uphold the school's reputation for excellence by teaching at distinguished law schools nationwide, practicing as partners in prominent law firms, directing legal aid and public defender programs, and sitting on local, state, and federal benches throughout the United States. Graduates often go on to receive fellowship awards from such esteemed organizations as the Equal Justice Works and the Georgetown and Berkeley Law Foundation.

Campus life at Northeastern University School of Law is alive with opportunity. The university's law library offers an extensive online catalog, known as NUcat, along with numerous additional resources for conducting research and finding current news and information. The university boasts numerous state-of-the-art recreational facilities offering personal training, group fitness programs, intramural sports programs, club sports programs, and a wide array of exercise equipment. In addition to these more traditional recreational options, students have access to many alternative activities. Stressed students can get pumped up with martial arts classes, including classes in aikido, karate, judo, and tae kwon do. In contrast, they can release tension and foster concentration with tai chi or Vinyasa yoga.

When they feel the need to belong to a group and make a difference in the world of justice and law, students can join any of the school's roughly 25 law student organizations. These include such colorful and dynamic organizations as the Women's Law Caucus, the Queer Caucus, the NUSL Anti-War Society, the International Law Society, the Jewish Law Students Association, the Environmental Law Forum, and the Black Law Students Association. The campus' career services office provides students with counseling, job fairs, recruitment programs, job listings, and a wealth of helpful information to help them make plans for the future. Curriculum requirements include interesting and innovative assignments, such as attorney-supervised cooperative work, a public interest requirement, and a substantial writing project. A variety of clinics, institutes, and special programs are available to students, including the well-known Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy, which held an acoustic music benefit in August of this year. Upon completion of their NUSL educations, students can opt to join the growing Alumni/ae Association to keep in contact with a growing network of successful NUSL graduates.

Even a day out on the town in Boston can be conducive to an NUSL student's education. Prestigious and historic law buildings are found throughout the eastern metropolis, including the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Massachusetts Superior Court, and other important locales. As well as being a center of history and commerce, Boston features a healthy conglomeration of cultural backgrounds, attracting more than 300,000 students from around the world. Adding to the cultural richness of Boston are a variety of regional and ethnic cuisine restaurants, art museums, Symphony Hall, the Berklee Performance Center, and numerous other venues. Students who have been diligent in keeping up their physical activity may even participate in the nation's longest running marathon, held in Boston.

With its advantageous location and reputation for excellence, Northeastern University School of Law offers the full gamut of educational opportunities to each and every law student admitted, and then sends well-molded legal professionals out into the world to ensure justice and benefit our nation.