An Industry-Informed Curriculum, Featuring Three Focus Areas

Choose from three unique focus areas, including one that helps you prepare for the California bar.*

LLM Curriculum

Optional Legal Immersion Experience

Network, meet fellow students and get an up close look at the U.S. legal field during this unique, optional in-person experience.

Legal Immersion Experience

Taught By Expert Faculty

Learn from outstanding Northeastern faculty members, and working lawyers with real-world experience.

LLM Faculty

Consideration for Merit-Based Scholarships

All students are automatically considered for scholarships.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Program Fast Facts

  • Upcoming Start Date:
    September 4, 2024
  • Number of Starts Per Year:
    Two (Fall and Spring)
  • Tuition Per Credit Hour: $1,449
  • Total Tuition: $34,776

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Online LLM Program Overview

The online LLM program positions you to take advantage of Northeastern University’s global network and prepares you to assume leadership positions in law and business across the globe. In addition, you’ll learn how to navigate complex legal issues, analyze the best way to provide legal expertise for your clients and engage as partners in developing new models for businesses, nonprofits and governments worldwide.

“At Northeastern, I had the opportunity to create a global network of peers, which opened new doors both professionally and personally. I really appreciated the individualized guidance I received from the faculty and LLM staff.”

Zhicheng Shen, LLM ‘18

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ranking for practical training by The National Jurist/preLaw

Three In-Demand Focus Areas

In this program you’ll shape your experiences, drawing from a wide range of industry-informed courses. Northeastern Law’s online LLM program allows you to choose from three in-demand focus areas that have been developed with input from business and industry experts as well as through the school’s custom research:

  • The Bar Examination Prep track prepares international and domestic attorneys who intend to sit for the California bar exam*.
  • The Intellectual Property and Technology track prepares attorneys for more specialized roles such as in-house counsel, IP licensing counsel and privacy counsel.
  • The International Business track prepares domestic attorneys and international law graduates for jobs as international business lawyers, trade lawyers and compliance counsel.
Real-World Experience

Unique Features

  • Develop substantive knowledge of U.S. law to prepare for the California bar exam*
  • Create a global network of legal professionals with a flexible learning format and take advantage of courses offered 100% online
  • Enhance your training with an optional one-week legal immersion experience in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Tailor your path of study with a curriculum built from the ground up with industry input
  • Be considered for merit-based scholarships when you submit an application
  • Finish in as little as 12 months

*If you apply through the Law School Admission Council, your LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) report will include your letter of recommendation, transcripts and test scores.

Online LLM Curriculum

Northeastern Law’s online LLM offers industry-informed curricular paths that focus on Bar Examination Preparation, Intellectual Property and Technology and International Business. The program has been designed with input from a legal advisory group as well as through Northeastern Law’s strategic research based on focus-group feedback. As a result, the online LLM program uniquely equips students with the essential legal skills that employers need.

Students can complete this 24-credit program online in as little as one year.

Some Relevant Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize critical ethical, professional and business norms
  • Gain specialized knowledge about a particular law area
  • Incorporate interdisciplinary and international thinking into legal analysis
  • Demonstrate team-lawyering skills, manage conflict and forge relationships

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For more information about the program curriculum and to view a full list of courses, please visit the curriculum page.

Legal Immersion Experience

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Through Northeastern Law’s LLM, you will also have the opportunity to participate in an optional, one week legal immersion experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gain real-world insights from legal leaders relating to the interplay among law, technology and government. Through this experience, you’ll apply what you’ve learned in online coursework in a real-world legal setting and have the chance to network with your peers in person.

Why Pursue an LLM?

A Master of Laws (LLM) gives attorneys the chance to distinguish themselves in the competitive legal market. Completing an LLM program provides international attorneys the opportunity to pursue a legal career path in the United States, while U.S. attorneys have the chance to specialize and dive deeper into a certain field of law.

“The purpose of a JD is to prepare someone to practice law, while the mission of an LLM is to provide advanced training.”

“8 Key Distinctions Between an LLM and a JD”
U.S. News & World Report | Published online on May 30, 2018.

As stated in the article “8 Key Distinctions Between an LLM and JD” published on the U.S. News & World Report website, an LLM allows attorneys to take more rigorous courses and dive deeper into theoretical thinking about the law. In addition, attorneys are able to go beyond general law practice, and specialize in areas like business law or intellectual property.

What Can You Do With an LLM?

A Master of Laws (LLM) can be beneficial for your career in several ways. Each of the Northeastern LLM focus areas present unique learning and career opportunities, from becoming a trade lawyer to IP licensing counsel. Below are a few of the roles you can pursue with each track.

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Track Career Opportunity
Bar Examination Preparation California lawyer
Intellectual Property
and Technology Law
In-house counsel
IP licensing counsel
Privacy counsel
International Business Compliance counsel
International business lawyer

Learn more about what you can do with an LLM, including career outlook and salary information.

*Other jurisdictions may qualify. Students are responsible for determining what is required for admission to a particular jurisdiction’s bar.