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School of Law records

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Z17-008

Content Description

The collection contains materials from the Northeastern University School of Law including planning materials for the 50th Federal Rules Conference, annual reports, newsletters, sample applications, and brochures Audiovisual materials are present in the form of photographs, slides, contact sheets, and negatives. The collection is unprocessed The Northeastern University School of Law is recognized for training attorneys to practice law in the public sector. Founded by the Boston Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in 1898 as a series of evening courses, it was the first evening law program in Boston. In 1904, the program was incorporated as the Evening School of Law of the Boston YMCA with the power to grant the Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree. Its primary goal was to prepare students for the Massachusetts Bar Examination. Because of increasing enrollment, divisional campuses were established in Worcester and Springfield in 1917 and in Providence in 1920. In 1922 it was renamed the Northeastern University School of Law. Also in 1922, women were admitted for the first time. In 1938 it began to offer day courses. In the early 1950's the School of Law faced financial hardship and declining enrollment, and it closed in 1953. Northeastern University's Law Alumni Association urged the reopening of the school and conducted fund raising in order to achieve this. The school reopened on May 13, 1966, becoming the first law school in the country to operate on the cooperative education model. In contrast to its predecessor, the new School of Law began as a four-year, daytime graduate program that awarded the Juris Doctor (JD) degree. The School's transition from the Bachelor of Law LLB degree to the JD degree reflected changes in the profession requirements to practice law. In 1970, the School of Law's program was reduced to three years and two summer quarters with rotating cooperative educational studies. In 1971, the School received full accreditation from the American Bar Association. Accessioned 2016 Aug 02. Add to A44. 45/2

Restrictions Apply


Access Restrictions

Records are closed for 25 years from their date of creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office.

Use Restrictions

Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.


  • Creation: 1937-2016-(bulk 1982-1995)


1.15 cubic feet (1.15 cubic feet in 1 record center carton and 1 half-manuscript box.)