Law pervades every aspect of modern life, including the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The minor in Law and Public Policy prepares students for a wide range of careers and graduate programs. It provides students with skills and knowledge about how law affects and is influenced by policy, politics, and society.
“The LPP minor was a terrific opportunity for me to explore many facets of public policy from a legal perspective, which helped me determine the areas of policy that interested me. The minor helps untangle the sometimes confusing intersection of law and public policy, and consider the all-important role of the courts in the most pressing issues of our day. Because of the minor, I believe I am able to bring a more balanced and nuanced perspective to my job in politics – one that takes into account the complex world of law and public policy. My experience with the minor amplified an important fact about politics: our political debate does not exist in a vacuum, and is often the result of a fascinating confluence of factors.”
—Terry MacCormack,‘15, cum laude, Bachelor of Science in Political Science; minors in History and Law and Public Policy.
The wide-ranging course offerings provide breadth and depth; students may focus on international law and policy issues, or domestic law and policy issues, including criminal justice and the role of courts in public policy. The minor is structured so that students take two core courses and receive a solid foundation in law, legal reasoning, and public policy. Then, they can choose from a list of three courses containing Law and Public Policy content, including but not limited to courses in the Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, and Sociology departments.
Additionally, the minor offers the opportunity to argue a case through moot court, witness trials and appellate arguments, and meet with leading law and policy experts. Students will also meet potential employers and mentors through the Lives in Law and Policy Speaker Series and co-op placement program.
Students who complete the minor will be well prepared to succeed in a wide range of fields including local, state, and federal government, nonprofits, politics and political consulting, finance, professional sports, marketing, or start-up companies. Some students attend law school (and are well prepared to do so), but those who do not, benefit from the rich and broad course content.
“The LPP minor and curriculum trained me to review, synthesize, analyze, communicate and articulate well and to always think outside of the box through an interactive and experiential based curriculum. The skills developed through the minor benefit me in the workplace whether it be in examining legal documents, securities regulation or domestic and international trading restrictions. From co-op in the Executive Bureau of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley to a winning argument in Moot Court, my time at Northeastern allowed me to become well trained and educated in the fields that most inspired and interested me.“
—Erica Melito, ‘14, summa cum laude, Bachelor of Science in Political Science; minor in Law and Public Policy.