Law and Policy

  • Professional Doctorate
Location: Seattle
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Why Law and Policy?

The Doctor of Law and Policy program (DLP) is designed for experienced professionals who are interested in the origins, development, implementation, and analysis of legal and public policy decisions in government and related institutions.

Northeastern's Doctor of Law and Policy Program empowers leaders working in government, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors to advance in their careers with a deeper understanding of public policy. Our Doctor of Law and Policy engages students in advanced coursework that develops legal reasoning, research, and policy analysis skills. By examining the intersection of three key themes—law, research, and policy—within their professional fields, the program prepares leaders to tackle practical challenges with a multidisciplinary approach.

Through the program, you will complete a doctoral thesis that examines a compelling policy change. Graduates establish themselves as an expert on a topic in an area they would like to make a shift or see a change, to help solve new and emerging issues or explore an area they are passionate about.

The Doctor of Law and Policy program offers two different learning formats based on professional experience and need for flexibility: the Doctor of Law and Policy–Executive Program format with residencies taking place every other month in Boston, and the more flexible Doctor of Law and Policy Program format with quarterly residencies in Seattle. In both programs, the majority of coursework takes place online.

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Unique Features

  • Complete your doctorate in as little as two years through our Executive DLP format with residencies in Boston. You can also enroll in our more flexible program format with residencies in Seattle to earn your degree in 3-6 years.
  • Advance your current career by learning the skills and knowledge needed to move into policy and management positions in government, nonprofit agencies, research organizations, consulting firms, and more.
  • Earn your doctorate online, with in-person residencies.Designed for working professionals, the DLP program combines the flexibility of online learning with immersive residences.
  • Network with your accomplished classmates, who are fellow driven individuals in a wide range of fields.
    • Past students have come from all over the country and worked for a range of employers such as Amazon, the FDA, the Department of Justice, Harvard University and other higher education institutions, the U.S. State Department, and more.
  • Learn from faculty that are industry leaders. They are distinguished policymakers, foreign service officers, international consultants, international education consulting experts, and experts in development policy with considerable domestic and global experiences.

Program Objectives

  • Develop new leadership and strategic-thinking skills
  • Utilize law as a way to be a better policy maker and change agent
  • Interpret research and use it to further policy-related goals
  • Be able to negotiate with stakeholders in courts, legislatures, and agencies in the corporate and nonprofit environments 

Graduates Share Their Stories

View the video below to hear Doctor of Law and Policy graduates share why they chose the program, what they learned, and their area of focus.

What Program Format Is Right for Me?

  Executive DLP DLP
Location Boston Seattle
Length of program 2 years; 69 credits 3-6 years; 69 credits
Modality Accelerated, cohort, hybrid model More flexible, hybrid model
Classes per quarter 3 courses 1-2 courses
In-person intensive weekends Meets every other month Meets quarterly
Professional experience required 10 years 3 years (education accepted in lieu of professional experience)
Cost $91,149 $62,376
Financial aid Available Available
Other differentiating factors Includes registration, textbook purchase and distribution, and catering for all intensive weekends
Intensive weekend in Washington, D.C.
Intensive weekend in London, UK

What you'll study

General Requirements

Doctor of Law and Policy Required Courses

LWP 6118 - Historical Foundations of American Law
LWP 6119 - Current Law and Policy Debates: Our Nation’s Capital and Beyond
LWP 6120 - Law and Legal Reasoning 1
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6401 - Law and Policy Concepts 1: The Policymaking Process
LWP 6424 - Research Methods
LWP 6121 - Law and Legal Reasoning 2
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6402 - Law and Policy Concepts 2: Strategizing for Public Policy
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6423 - Qualitative Methods
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6122 - Law and Legal Reasoning 3
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6403 - Law and Policy Concepts 3: Policy Case Studies
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6420 - Quantitative Methods
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6123 - Law and Legal Reasoning 4
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6410 - Economics for Policy Analysis
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6404 - Evaluation Research
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6431 - Political and Moral Ethics and Dilemmas
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6500 - Doctoral Research Design 1
3.00 - 3.00
LWP 6450 - Public Policy Theory and Practice 1
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6501 - Doctoral Research Design 2
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6451 - Public Policy Theory and Practice 2
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6502 - Doctoral Research Design 3
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6452 - Public Policy Theory and Practice 3
2.00 - 3.00
LWP 6503 - Doctoral Research Design 4
2.00 - 6.00

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 69 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

Did You Know?

100% of DLP graduates said they were able to put into practice what they learned in their current job or position. — College of Professional Studies FY18 Academic Survey

Did You Know?

Through our Executive Boston Program, earn your professional doctorate three times faster than the average time it typically takes students.

Average Time to Completion

3+ Years



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