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52800 USD/year
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The Northeastern University's Master of Laws (LLM) program is a post-graduate law program designed for US or internationally trained lawyers looking for individualized professional growth. As an LLM student, you'll tackle real-world legal issues while acquiring the foundational knowledge and practical skills you need to become a real-world practitioner with impact.

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The General LLM's dynamic Co-op program provides the most flexibility for students to take the courses they want in pursuit of their professional interests and personal aspirations. 

Many LLM students also choose the General Program to qualify for a bar examination in one of the United States jurisdictions (Massachusetts or New York, for example) that admit lawyers trained outside the US. Whether you are a US or internationally trained lawyer looking for individualized professional growth or to become a candidate for a US bar exam, Northeastern’s General Program offers what you need to do what you want: to advance your professional goals and to make a difference in the world.

The Northeastern University 's Master of Laws (LLM) program features four optional concentrations:

  • A concentration in Health Policy and Law to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills you need for one of today’s hottest practice areas
  • A concentration in Human Rights to prepare you to take on the global challenge of rights abuses
  • A concentration in International Business Law to aid you to practice in the complex and constantly evolving world of business across national borders
  • A concentration in Law and Economic Development to position yourself as a lawyer working in support of economic development
  • A concentration in Intellectual Property and Innovation

Programme Structure

The General LLM Program, which requires the completion of 33 credits, features:

Minimum of Required Courses: LLM students in the General Program who obtained their first law degree outside the US benefit from three foundational courses: Legal Research and Writing I & II as well as Introduction to the US Legal System, which provides the background knowledge and basic skills needed to succeed in the US law school environment and in the global practice of law.

A Maximum of Elective Courses: LLM students in the General Program enroll in regular JD courses (including both first-year and upper-level courses) based entirely on your personal interests and career goals, including the desire to qualify for a US bar exam. If you wish, you may focus your studies in a particular substantive area, such as corporate law, commercial law, trade law, public international law, intellectual property or international human rights

Co-op: All LLM students in good academic standing spend a term completing a full-time legal practice experience. Northeastern has developed placement opportunities with law firms, companies, court houses, government agencies, community organizations, NGOs and advocacy groups around the world.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Personal statement, resume, and official transcripts in sealed envelopes
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Credential evaluation of your first professional law degree transcript
  • Score report for the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT®) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for applicants whose native language is not English
  • Interview required

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52800 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    52800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52800 USD for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.


Many students qualify for some form of financial aid or scholarships. We encourage all students who apply for admission to seek out these opportunities. Here are a few examples.

Double Husky Scholarship

Available to alumni who have graduated with a Northeastern University degree, provides a tuition discount of up to 25% on eligible programs. 

Graduate Dean’s Scholarship

Awarded to the incoming professional masters students based upon academic achievement. To be eligible, a student must be in the top 1/3 of their program’s incoming class. 

Diversity Fellowship

Each year a limited number of fellowships are awarded to graduate students in an effort to help the university achieve a more diverse graduate student body. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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