Telephone: (617) 373-5149



ABA Approved Since 1969


Northeastern University School of Law offers the nation‚??s premier Cooperative Legal Education Program, combining rigorous academic study with practical legal work experience. The law school is accredited by the ABA and is a member of the AALS.


Northeastern‚??s unique approach to legal education attracts a diverse and talented student body. Admission to the School of Law is highly competitive. More than 3,000 applicants from across he nation and world compete for approximately 200 seats in the first-year class. Entering students come from all parts of the country, with more than 124 undergraduate schools and 26 tates currently represented. Women have comprised at least half of the student body since 1972 - currently women comprise 59% of the entering class. Additionally, students of color constitute approximately 28% of the entering class and the average age is 25. Forty-eight percent had worked for one to three years between undergraduate school and law school and fourteen percent entered law school with at least six years of work experience, in a variety of fields. This diverse student body appeals to employers seeking to enhance their own diversity.


Northeastern graduates are consistently successful in obtaining legal employment. Graduates of the School of Law are employed throughout the United States and abroad with private firms, government agencies, legal services, public defender and advocacy organizations, the judiciary, labor unions and corporate law departments. They are also faculty members of many distinguished law schools.


Northeastern University School of Law and its graduates are particularly committed to public service and each year a significant number of graduates from the School of Law begin their legal careers as judicial clerks. Traditionally, Northeastern graduates have entered public interest law positions at a rate three to five times that of the national average for graduates of all law schools. Northeastern graduates are consistently successful at obtaining prestigious public interest fellowships, and in recent years include those granted by Equal Justice Works, the Center for Reproductive Rights, National Women‚??s Law Center, the ACLU and the SEIU. Recent graduates have also began their careers in the US Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Honors programs.


Participation in the school‚??s unique and extraordinarily successful Cooperative Legal Education Program ( 9 co-op 9 ) is an integral part of the academic regimen as well as a graduation requirement. Students complete a traditional first year of academic study; then, for the remaining two years, they alternate every three months between attending classes and working as full-time legal interns. Co-op employment spans virtually every area of practice in more than 800 settings nationwide, including private firms (large, medium and small), legal service and public defender organizations, judicial internships (state and federal), government agencies, corporations, unions and advocacy groups. Many students also develop co-ops abroad in both the public and private law realms.


As a result of co-op, students develop practical skills through hands-on experience, gain wide perspectives on the legal profession and the practice of law, and experience firsthand the diversity of opportunities, challenges and satisfactions that are available to them as lawyers. Northeastern believes that the combination of its academic and co-op program produces enthusiastic, realistic and well-trained attorneys who are assets to the profession.


In order to provide a strong foundation for Northeastern‚??s experiential learning focus, Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC) is a required first year course which delivers fundamental research and writing training while it challenges participants‚?? values and helps sensitize them to the formidable task the legal system faces in addressing societal difference. Research and writing are introduced in carefully controlled hypotheticals. Simultaneously, the course provides students with the opportunity to develop team lawyering skills grounded in readings and supported by simulations. During the second semester of the first year, all first year students are assigned to a 9 law office 9 and participate in a closely supervised clinical experience representing and assisting a non-profit community based organization in solving a societal problem involving issues of diversity and law. Each law office team is responsible for producing a publishable report detailing its findings with extensive legal and anecdotal field research. Each student also produces a brief and argues a motion for summary judgement in a simulated case. This mix of theory and practice, real client and imagined, provides the foundation for Northeastern‚??s unique requirements for work and classroom learning.


The limited enrollment of approximately 200 students in each entering class encourages individual recognition and participation, as well as ensuring access to the 34 full-time faculty members. The distinguished faculty provides students with a thorough grounding in legal doctrine, legal analysis and practical skills, coupled with an exposure to a variety of perspectives based on years of legal practice. Northeastern‚??s wide range of course offerings introduces students to areas such as environmental law, intellectual property, bioethics, international law, comparative law, legislation, antitrust and domestic violence.


In addition, all students must fulfill a public interest requirement as a condition of graduation. Public interest under this rule is defined as employment or service with a government agency; a legal aid, legal services, public defender, victim advocate or similar agency; an organization or attorney advocating law reform or performing pro bono legal representation; or any placement the dominant characteristic of which is service to under-represented groups. Judicial internships and private firms operated for profit are not included in this definition. The requirement can be satisfied by a student successfully completing one 385 hour public interest co-op, one of the law school‚??s clinical program, or one 30 hour pro bono legal project.


The School of Law has no alphabetic or numeric grading system, class ranking or law review competition. Students receive narrative evaluations of their work in each academic course; cooperative employers also submit written appraisals of professional performance which become a part of each student‚??s official transcript. This system, unlike traditional grading systems, helps employers thoroughly evaluate candidates by providing an extensive law school record that indicates clearly the quality of each student‚??s performance.


The Berkowitz Law Library, located on five floors in the Knowles Law Center, includes a comprehensive collection of U.S. legal materials in print and electronically. Of particular note are the library‚??s collection in the areas of public interest law, international human rights, law and public health, domestic violence, death penalty issues and progressive lawyering. The law library‚??s print collection includes almost 300,000 volumes. The growing electronic collection includes Lexis, Westlaw, HeinOnline, BNA and CCH electronic collections, the U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1980) and numerous other legal databases. The law library is host to three computer labs, network connections for laptops, and a wireless network on the 4th floor of the library.


Dean: Emily Spieler (617) 373-3307

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs: James R. Hackney (617) 373-4260

Assoc. Dean, Experiential & Community-based Ed. & Research:

James V. Rowan (617) 373-3347

Associate Dean of Planning and Administration: Sara A. Sayess (617) 373-3307

Assistant Dean of Students and Academic Affairs:

Bettye C. Freeman (617) 373-5148

Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions: vacant (617) 373-2395

Assistant Dean and Director of Research and Information:

Sarah Hooke Lee (617) 373-3394

Assistant Dean and Director of Career Services:

Randi E. Friedman (617) 373-3707

Director of Communications: Deborah E. Feldman (617) 373-3288

Cooperative Legal Education - Director of External Relations:

Jeff Smith (617) 373-4942

Cooperative Legal Education - Director for Administration:

Gerald Slater (617) 373-2618

Director of Administrative Operations and Personnel:

Janis Galligan (617) 373-4930

Director of Financial Aid: Linda Schoendorf (617) 373-4620

Director of Development and Alumni/ae Relations:

Christopher Nicholson (617) 373-3269




EMILY A. SPIELER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1974, Massachusetts; 1978, West Virginia. Education: Harvard - Radcliffe (A.B., 1969); Yale Law School (J.D., 1973). COURSES: Employment Law - Safety & Health. Email: e.spieler @


ROGER I. ABRAMS, (Law Professor), Education: Cornell (B.A., cum laude, 1967); Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1970). COURSES:Sports Law, Labor Arbitration, Torts. Email:r.abrams @


LIBBY S. ADLER, (Law Professor), born Rochester, New York, September 11, 1967; admitted to bar, 1994, Massachusetts. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1989); Northeastern University (J.D., 1994); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1998). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Sexuality, Gender and the Law. Email: l.adler @


DANIEL A. AUSTIN, (Law Professor), born El Paso, Texas, June 6, 1958; admitted to bar, 1986, Ohio; 1989, Illinois; 1991, Pennsylvania. Education: Brigham Young University (B.A., 1983); Columbia University Law School (J.D., 1986); University of Pennsylvania (M.A., 1993; Ph.D., 1994). COURSES: Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Chapter 11, Creditors Rights, Workouts. Email:d.austin @


BROOK K. BAKER, (Law Professor), born Melrose, Massachusetts, February 23, 1947; admitted to bar, 1977, Massachusetts. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1969); Northeastern University (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Negotiation, Global AIDS Epidemic. Email:b.baker @


LEE P. BRECKENRIDGE, (Law Professor), born Rochester, New York, November 10, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, New Jersey; 1978, Tennessee; 1983, Massachusetts. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1973); Harvard University (J.D., 1976). COURSES: Environmental Law, Natural Resources. Email:l.breckenridge @


MARGARET A. BURNHAM, (Law Professor), born Birmingham, Alabama, December 28, 1944; admitted to bar, 1973, Massachusetts. Education: Tougaloo College (B.A., 1966); University of Pennsylvania (LL.B., 1969). COURSES: Civil Rights, Criminal Law, International Criminal Law. Email:m.burnham @


DAN DANIELSEN, (Law Professor), born Dallas, Texas, June 11, 1962; admitted to bar, 1990, Massachusetts. Education: University of California at Los Angeles (B.A., 1984); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1989). Email:d.danielsen @


MARTHA F. DAVIS, (Law Professor), born Wichita, Kansas, April 4, 1957; admitted to bar, 1983, Illinois. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1979); Trinity College (M.A., 1981); University of Chicago (J.D., 1983). Email:m.davis @


RICHARD A. DAYNARD, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, July 19, 1943; admitted to bar, 1967, New York. Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1964; M.A., 1970); Harvard University (J.D., 1967); Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1980). COURSES:Law, Policy and Society, Problems in Public Health Law. Email:r.daynard @


MELINDA F. DREW, (Law Professor), born Connecticut, August 2, 1946; admitted to bar, 1987, Massachusetts. Education: St Joseph‚??s College (B.S., 1974); Boston University (Ed.M., 1978); Northeastern University (J.D., 1987). COURSES:Legal Interviewing and Counseling, Professional Responsibility, Seminar: Professional Responsibility. Email:m.drew @


RASHMI DYAL-CHAND, (Law Professor), born Vrindaban, India, April 12, 1970; admitted to bar, 1995, Massachusetts. Education: Grinnell College (B.A., 1991); Northeastern University (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Intellectual Property, Property. Email: r.dyal-chand @


PETER D. ENRICH, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, June 18, 1950; admitted to bar, 1983, Massachusetts. Education: Yale University (A.B., 1972); Princeton Graduate School (A.B.D., 1977); Harvard University (J.D., 1983). COURSES: State and Local Government, Legal Skills in the Social Context, Contracts. Email: p.enrich @


DANIEL GIVELBER, (Law Professor), born Cleveland, Ohio, February 9, 1940; admitted to bar, 1965, New York; 1967, District of Columbia; 1973, Massachusetts. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1961; J.D., 1964). COURSES:Advanced Criminal Procedure: Adjudication, Evidence. Email:d.givelber @


JAMES R. HACKNEY, JR., (Law Professor), born West Palm Beach, Florida, September 9, 1964; admitted to bar, 1989, California. Education: University of Southern California (A.B., 1986); Yale University (J.D., 1989). COURSES:Torts, Corporate Finance, Financial Institutions Law. Email:j.hackney @


WALLACE E. HOLOHAN, (Law Professor), born Massachusetts, September 30, 1944; Education: Fitchburg State College (B.S., 1976); Bentley College (Paralegal, 1977). COURSES:Poverty Law and Practice Clinic, Prisoners‚?? Rights Clinic. Email: w.holohan @


LOIS H. KANTER, (Law Professor), born New York, September 18, 1946; admitted to bar, 1977, Massachusetts. Education: Radcliffe College (B.A., 1968); Harvard University (J.D., 1976). COURSES:Domestic Violence Clinic, Legal Skills in the Social Context. Email:l.kanter @


KARL E. KLARE, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, January 8, 1947; admitted to bar, 1975, Massachusetts. Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1967); Yale University (M.A., 1968); Harvard University (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Employment Law - Compensation, Benefits, Retirement, Employment Law - Job Security and Rights, Labor Law I, Labor Law II. Email:k.klare @


SARAH HOOKE LEE, (Law Professor), born Bangor, Maine; admitted to bar, 1982, Maine; 1989, Massachusetts. Education: University of Maine (B.A., summa cum laude, 1974; M.L.S., summa cum laude, 1976); University of Maine School of Law (J.D., 1982). COURSES:Advanced Legal Research. Email:sa.lee @


HOPE LEWIS, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, May 14, 1962; admitted to bar, 1987, New York; 1989, District of Columbia. Education: Harvard University (A.B., cum laude, 1983; J.D., 1986). COURSES:Human Rights in the Global Economy, International Human Rights Legal Research Seminar,, International Law. Email: h.lewis @


SUSAN MAZE-ROTHSTEIN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1987, Massachusetts. Education: Cornell University (B.S., 1981); Boston College (J.D., 1985). COURSES:Legal Skills in Social Context. Email:s.maze-rothstein @


MICHAEL MELTSNER, (Law Professor), born New York, New York; admitted to bar, 1961, New York; 1983, Massachusetts. Education: Oberlin College (B.A., 1957); Yale University (LL.B., 1960). COURSES:Constitutional Litigation, First Amendment Law. Email:m.meltsner @


MARY E. O‚??CONNELL, (Law Professor), born Clinton, Massachusetts, October 13, 1948; admitted to bar, 1975, Massachusetts. Education: Brandeis University (A.B., 1970); Northeastern University (J.D., 1975). COURSES:Education Law, Family Law, Property. Email:m.o‚??connell @


WENDY E. PARMET, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, November 12, 1957; admitted to bar, 1982, Massachusetts. Education: Cornell University (B.A., 1979); Harvard University (J.D., 1982). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Disability Law, Health Law. Email:w.parmet @


DAVID M. PHILLIPS, (Law Professor), born Trenton, New Jersey, May 19, 1943; admitted to bar, 1967, Illinois; 1971, New York; 1980, Massachusetts. Education: Brandeis University (B.A., 1964); Columbia University (J.D., 1967). COURSES:Contracts, Commercial Law - Secured Transactions, Corporations. Email: d.phillips @


DEBORAH A. RAMIREZ, (Law Professor), born Chicago, Illinois; admitted to bar, 1981, Massachusetts. Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1977); Harvard University (J.D., 1981). COURSES:Advanced Criminal Procedure: Investigation, Criminal Justice, Seminar: Balancing Security and Liberty. Email:d.ramirez @


SONIA E. ROLLAND, (Law Professor), born February 11, 1979; admitted to bar, 2004, New York; 2005, District of Columbia. Education: Institut d‚??Etudes Politiques de Paris (B.A., 1999); University of Paris 10 (M.A., 2000); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 2003). COURSES:International Law, International Trade Law.


RACHEL ROSENBLOOM, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2002, Massachusetts. Education: Columbia University (B.A., 1990); University of California-Berkeley (M.A., 1994); New York University School of Law (J.D., 2002). COURSES:Asylum, Immigration Law, Refugee Law. Email:r.rosenbloom @


JAMES V. ROWAN, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, July 4, 1943; admitted to bar, 1970, North Carolina. Education: Georgetown University (A.B., 1967); Duke University (J.D., 1970; LL.M., 1978). COURSES: Poverty Law and Practice Clinic. Email:j.rowan @


DANIEL C. SCHAFFER, (Law Professor), born Brooklyn, New York, June 7, 1938; admitted to bar, 1964, New York. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1959; LL.B., 1962); London School of Economics (1963). COURSES:Basic Income Taxation, Corporate Taxation, International Taxation. Email:d.schaffer @


SUSAN SLOANE, (Law Professor), born August 2, 1947; admitted to bar, 1972, Massachusetts. Education: Vassar College (A.B., 1969); Boston University School of Law (J.D., 1972).


STEPHEN N. SUBRIN, (Law Professor), born Akron, Ohio, September 8, 1936; admitted to bar, 1963, Massachusetts. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1958; LL.B., 1963). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Law and Literature. Email:s.subrin @


DANIEL R. WILLIAMS, (Law Professor), born Seoul, Korea, October 25, 1960; admitted to bar, 1987, California; 1991, New York. Education: University of California-Berkeley (B.A., 1983); Harvard University (J.D., 1986). COURSES:Criminal Justice, Criminal Advocacy Clinic, Evidence. Email:d.williams @


LUCY A. WILLIAMS, (Law Professor), born Fort Worth, Texas, January 4, 1948; admitted to bar, 1974, Illinois. Education: Baylor University (B.A., 1969); University of Chicago (J.D., 1974). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Federal Courts and the Federal System, Welfare Law. Email:lu.williams @


MARGARET Y.K. WOO, (Law Professor), born Hong Kong, March 4, 1957; admitted to bar, 1983, Massachusetts; 1985, District of Columbia. Education: Brown University (B.A., 1979); New York University (J.D., 1983); Georgetown University (LL.M., 1989). COURSES:Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Comparative Law: Law Markets and Democracy in East Asia. Email:m.woo @