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Name of Creator: Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). School of Law
Title:School of Law records
Date:1960-2011
Reference Code:A44
Location Code:29/4, 35/2, 30/1, FF3/D2
Extent:14.10 cubic ft. (16 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The School of Law records document the administrative and educational activities of the School of Law from 1960 to 2011. The Office of the Dean series includes records relating to the accreditation by the American Bar Association, as well as to the Academic Committee, Advisory Council, Black American Law Student Association, and dean searches in 1984 and 1993. Of special interest are reports documenting the Law School after it reopened and the Domestic Violence Institute. The Development series contains records of the Law School Alumni Association, the fund-raising campaigns for Cargill and Gryzmish halls, and the 1980 and 1992 capital campaigns. Records from the Placement and Career Services Office document efforts to help students and graduates find internships and employment. Incomplete runs of a number of School of Law publications are found also in this collection, including "The Collective," "ME," and the "NUSL Newsletter." Researchers should note that there is some chronological overlap between this collection and the School of Law records (A6), 1900-1998.
Historical Abstract: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 1950s 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.
Language and Scripts:Materials are entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Materials are arranged into seven series: 1. Office of the Dean, 2. Development, 3. Admissions, 4. Cooperative Education, 5. Placement and Career Services, 6. Publications, and 7. Media.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Givelber, Daniel
  • Hall, David
  • Meltsner, Michael
  • O'Toole, Thomas J.
  • Scott, Susan
  • Spieler, Emily
  • Tsoulas, Diane
  • Givelber, Daniel
  • Hall, David
  • Meltsner, Michael
  • O'Toole, Thomas J.
  • Scott, Susan
  • Spieler, Emily
  • Tsoulas, Diane

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). School of Law
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). School of Law -- Alumni and alumnae
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). School of Law -- Admissions
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). School of Law -- Building
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). School of Law

  • Career development -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • College publications -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • College student newspapers and periodicals
  • Education, Cooperative
  • Educational fund raising
  • Law schools -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Public interest law -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Massachusetts

Conditions Governing Access:Records are closed for 25 years from their date of creation unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Personnel records (box 2, folders 7, 16) and student records (box 4, folders 9-10 and box 10, folders 11-16) are closed for 75 years from their date of creation.
Technical Access:Two audio cassettes in box 13 ("Criminal Law and Procedure" and "Housing and Economic Development") are inaudible.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Finding Aids:School of Law Records (A06)
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Abigail Cramer, January, 2012; updated by Abigail Cramer, May, 2012 and August, 2012.