To serve their clients effectively, today's lawyers often need expertise in both law and business. In our LLM/MBA program, you'll build on your previous law degree by adding an in-demand legal specialty and a strong foundation of business expertise—in just two years of study. And by earning your dual degree from Northeastern, you'll be prepared to navigate the tech-driven, digital-first worlds of law and business, with opportunities for one-of-a-kind work experiences that set you apart.

Program Overview

  • Program Structure: Full-time study with an optional semester of legal co-op work
  • Dual Degree: You'll earn an LLM from the School of Law and an MBA from the D'Amore-McKim School of Business
  • Class Schedule: Monday–Friday
  • Time to Complete: 20 or 24 months

LLM/MBA dual degree | Program Timeline*

LLM/MBA Timeline Graphic
*Timeline will be effective beginning fall 2021. If you're a current student, please consult your academic advisor for more information.

Unique Features

2

degrees in just two years

#1

law school for practical training (National Jurist, 2020)

#55

among Full-Time MBA programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2022)

  • Earn two valuable degrees simultaneously—a substantial savings of time and money
  • Position yourself for a more senior role, accelerate a return to the workplace, or, if you're a lawyer outside the United States, build the credentials to practice in this country
  • Pursue one optional semester of full-time, salaried work experience through the Northeastern School of Law, collaborating with working lawyers and making a real professional impact
  • Specialize your degree with two in-demand business concentrations from the D'Amore-McKim School of Business—or add expertise in another professional area by choosing one of our unique interdisciplinary MBA x concentrations
  • Access personalized career guidance from your dedicated advisor in the School of Law career development office
  • Study and work in Boston, one of America's largest and most sophisticated legal markets and home to top international firms

Admissions

Application order

You'll need to independently apply and gain admission to Northeastern Law and the D'Amore-McKim School of Business. You must be admitted to Northeastern Law before being admitted to the D'Amore-McKim School of Business.

School of Law admissions requirements

You may submit your application through the Law School Admission Council or directly through the Northeastern Law website to apply to Northeastern Law.

  • Application form
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé
  • Academic transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation (a second letter is optional)
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test score report (If your first law degree was conducted in English, you do not need to submit an English language proficiency score report.)

D'Amore-McKim School of Business additional admissions requirements

  • Personal statement
  • One additional letter of professional recommendation
  • Interview (by invitation)

School of Law Application Deadlines

You're encouraged to apply by April 1 for priority consideration.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis after that date.

D'Amore-McKim School of Business Application Deadlines

Northeastern University's Student Financial Services website is your best resource for the most current and comprehensive information to help prepare you financially.

To view tuition rates, please visit the Northeastern Student Financial Services page. Click the dropdown under “Graduate Programs” and find the cost per credit for the current academic year listed next to “D'Amore-McKim School of Business Programs.”

There are a number of resources to help you finance your Northeastern graduate education, and the Student Financial Services team is here to guide you through the process and make it as simple as possible. Please visit the Graduate Financial Aid page.

Once you are a student, your financial aid advisor will work with you one-on-one to answer your questions, point you to resources and provide valuable insight as you navigate the financial commitments of your program.

You'll need to apply and gain admission to the School of Law and the D'Amore-McKim School of Business independently.

“Having taught many law students as they pursue an MBA over the years, I've seen the advantages of having a solid foundation in law and business before launching one's career. While there's no substitute for experience through practice, you can shorten the learning curve and be better prepared to integrate your experiences as they come. Our LLM/MBAs will have a significant head start on their peers in achieving their career goals, whether as business lawyers or executives.”

Dan Danielsen, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Program on the Corporation, Law and Global Society

Curriculum

In the first year of the program, you'll select two MBA concentrations and begin your coursework at the D'Amore-McKim School of Business. You'll choose either two business specialties or our MBA x option, which is a combination of one business specialty and one non-business specialty taught in another Northeastern professional college. MBA x is a unique opportunity to fuse your law and business education with graduate-level skills in another field, such as information ethics or data visualization.

The following summer, you'll pursue specialized law coursework, choosing from a long list of focus areas including environmental law, intellectual property, and nonprofit law. You'll complete these courses before moving on to a law co-op, if you choose, and finishing your business classes.

Co-op through the School of Law

When it comes to giving students the opportunity to learn by doing, there's simply no place like Northeastern. Through three immersive experiences, make meaningful contributions at your host firm and see the things you're learning in your coursework make a difference in real-time. You'll build the confidence to take the next step in your career and the experience and credentials to get there.

Optional legal co-op

Your co-op gives you the necessary legal experience to ensure you graduate with an impressive resume. You may have the opportunity to work at law firms, companies, clinics, courts, government agencies, community organizations, or advocacy groups.

Concentrations through D'Amore-McKim: You can choose up to two

Become a knowledgeable manager of assets for individuals or institutions, building your expertise in capital allocation, valuation, and risk management.

Forge a path for yourself as an innovative business leader in the complex and rapidly evolving biotechnology industry where the work has the potential to be lifesaving.

The ability to analyze and present information so that it can be clearly understood by your audience is a critical leadership skill. You'll gain a firm grasp on best practices for information visualization and delivery systems-based on a deep understanding of the principles of human cognition.

Learn to lead with a knowledge base in experience design. This concentration will give you the chance to learn the tools, technologies, and processes for developing prototypes; and develop an understanding of human motivations and expectations.

Gain an understanding of the framework for analyzing and designing games based on a wide range of disciplines. You'll synthesize tools and theories from psychology, sociology, anthropology, media studies, data analytics, biometrics, and other relevant fields to help you learn to design digital gaming environments that satisfy the user.

Deliver a message that moves your audience—no small feat in today's fast-changing digital world. You'll develop strategies for communicating a powerful message across a range of platforms via sound storytelling and design.

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