Frequently Asked Questions

Does the Bar Preparation track lead to bar eligibility?

The ability to be admitted to any state bar can vary based on many factors. Each state sets its own rules about the qualifications required to sit for the bar and ultimately be permitted to practice law. Due to the complicated nature of bar qualifications, we ask that students check with the particular state in which they are interested in taking the bar.

Our current Bar Prep track includes a California Professional Responsibility course, which is required to sit for the California bar exam. Students should check with California to determine what else is needed for admission to the bar.


What is the time commitment for this program?

This program can be completed in as few as 12 months, completely online.


I am new to online education. What can I expect?

Northeastern’s online LLM program features an asynchronous learning environment, with relatively short video lectures. In addition, professors often use discussion boards and other interactive methods to engage students.

Each professor employs their own method of staying in touch with students, which could include email, live phone calls, video calls and chats.


How does grading/course evaluation work in the LLM program?

The Online LLM uses standard letter grades and evaluates students on a variety of factors. Each week, students complete discussion board assignments, and classes include opportunities to practice legal skills and test legal knowledge (essays, quizzes).


What is the cost of the program?

The 2020-2021 Academic Year cost of the program is $1,400 per credit hour, for 24 credits.

U.S. citizens or permanent residents interested in being considered for financial aid must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at the U.S. Department of Education website. Northeastern’s federal institution code is 002199. A paper version of the form is available through our office or through the Federal Student Financial Aid Information Center at +1 800.433.3243.

To learn more about tuition and scholarships, please visit our tuition page.


Tell me about the application process? What do I need to do to apply?

The LLM admissions committee reviews applications on a rolling basis, and applicants are notified as soon as an admission decision has been made. We highly recommend you submit your application and supporting materials as early as possible.

Application Checklist

Applicants are encouraged to apply directly to the Northeastern University School of Law LLM program. Northeastern also accepts applications through the Law School Admission Council.*

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Two-page personal statement
  • *One letter of recommendation
  • *Official transcripts; if applicable, transcripts should be translated into English
  • *Score reports for the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT®) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) if English is not your first language or your first law degree was not conducted in English.
  • The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is not required, but applicants who have taken it should submit a report of their score.

*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.


Optional Legal Immersion Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to attend the optional legal immersion experience?

The only requirement is that you have the ability to travel to and from California during the dates of the optional legal immersion experience.

International students will need to obtain a tourist visa in order to participate.


What do students need to pay for during the trip?

Students are responsible for their travel and lodging during the trip.


Where will students stay?

Students will stay with partner law schools in the San Francisco Bay area or can arrange for their own accommodations.

*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 Master of Laws Program

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