Northeastern University School of Law in Boston Massachusetts Offers a Co-op Program to Gain Professional Experience

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Northeastern University School of Law is unique with its specialty being social justice combined with its one of a kind experience program that allows students to graduate from law school with a four or eleven week or full-time professional work experience. On top of all that, the students are in a demanding law school that requires excellent academic vigor.

A point to note about Northeastern University School of Law is their grading system. The Law School does not work within the confine of grades; however evaluations are written for each student by professors and co-op employers.

Another unique position for Northeastern Law School is that they offer the opportunity to finish school in a shorter amount of time. It’s a fast moving pace for law students but the shorter semesters are found to be financially expedient for students on a budget. In 2007, the tuition was approximately $36,500 and 90% of the students had some sort of financial aid. The school’s department of financial aid works with any student who shows interest.

How does Northeastern make their school semesters faster? It’s a simple plan in that classes go 60 minutes and are almost pure teaching. No time for lengthy class introductions. They call it the ''hello, goodbye'' method where the class goes right into lecture or study and doesn’t give time for review of material. Most school semesters are fourteen to fifteen weeks, but Northeastern Law School quarters are 11 weeks. They still cover the same amount of material but at a faster pace.

Here are some facts about the Northeastern Law School from the Princeton review. All students go full time and there are no night classes. The student to faculty ratio is 17 to 1 and the current enrollment is 615 students. The expectation of students to pass the bar exam first time is 93% percent and the beginning salaries range form $30K to over $100K in some corporations.

The school offers on campus housing for first year law students. There is much interest from year to year in obtaining a spot. An interested student should call the housing and residential life office on campus to make arrangements in advance. Most students live off campus near the school. There is public transportation to and from Northeastern Law School within the city.

Admission to the NU Law School is very competitive as there are around 4000 applications and only 885 of those applicants are accepted. As far as enrollment is concerned only around 220 accepted students actually enroll. The large variance of acceptance and enrollment has prompted the school to carry a wait list and provide for early admission. This early admission program prompts students to complete the LSAT and complete the enrollment package. The school starts accepting students who apply on a rolling basis. Admissions at Northeastern Law School look to the student’s prior academic performance which averages at 3.5 GPA and the LSAT scores average 157 to 162.

Northeastern Law School is a prestigious school in Boston and it produces graduates who are in demand as 90% of the young lawyers find employment within 3 months. The Law Schools Co-op program seems to add to the students success as they pass the bar exam and enter into their careers so soon upon graduation. A fine Law School in Boston with a rich heritage that contributes to it’s close knitted atmosphere.

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