Northeastern University School of Law
Northeastern University School of Law (NUSL) has a unique experiential curriculum. A core feature of the curriculum is its co-op placement program, which places 2Ls and 3Ls in real practice settings. The co-ops, many of which are paid, require that students work directly with a variety of legal professionals — from attorneys in private practice to public defenders and judges.
A number of LSSSE questions measure outcomes that have obvious relevance to the co-op model and its core purpose. Perhaps the best example is a question that asks about the extent to which students acquired job- or work-related knowledge. Figure 2 reports the average scores on this question for NUSL (red lines and dots) versus its peer schools. Northeastern’s 1Ls, 2Ls and 3Ls all give signi cantly higher ratings than their counterparts at peer schools. Co-ops give NUSL students hands-on experience and knowledge that can jumpstart their professional careers.