Doctor of Law and Policy — Seattle

The Doctor of Law and Policy program is designed for experienced professionals seeking to effect change through a deeper understanding of the origins, development, implementation and analysis of legal and public policy decisions in government and related institutions.

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Entry Terms

Fall, Winter

Completion Time

3+ Years

F1 Visa Eligible


In an increasingly complex and globally connected environment, the Doctor of Law and Policy program empowers leaders in the government, for-profit, and nonprofit sectors to establish expertise, advance their careers, and drive lasting change. In a flexible learning format, you’ll examine the intersection of three key themes—law, research, and policy—honing your professional and analytical skills as you learn to tackle practical problems with a multidisciplinary approach.

You’ll study the impact of political, economic, and social trends, crafting recommendations, strategies, and arguments to influence global and domestic law and policy. Quarterly residencies in Seattle and Charlotte, and the guidance of expert faculty will help you design and execute a personalized plan of inquiry to study and address the public policy issues you care about most.

This program is based in Seattle, WA.

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Unique Features

  • You can enroll in our DLP program with residencies in Seattle to earn your degree in 3-6 years. You can also complete your doctorate in as little as two years through our Executive DLP format with residencies in Boston. You can enroll in our DLP program with residencies in Seattle and Charlotte 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 Story

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, Charlotte
Length of program 2 years; 69 credits 3-6 years; 69 credits
Modality Accelerated, cohort, hybrid model Adjustable course load, hybrid model
Classes per quarter 3 courses 1-2 courses
In-person intensive weekends Meets twice a quarter Meets quarterly
Professional experience required 10 years 3 years (education accepted in lieu of professional experience)
Cost $102.3K $70.2K
Financial aid Available Available
Other differentiating factors Includes registration, textbook purchase, and distribution.
Intensive weekend in Washington, D.C.
Intensive weekend abroad.

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Beginning your journey with us is a big decision. But it's a smart one.  Your field is evolving rapidly. That's why we're constantly innovating our programs to anticipate your industry's needs.  So, no matter where your field goes, you can lead the way.


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Get Set With a Course Plan

Please note: Enrolled students should reference the academic catalog for current program requirements.

Follow Our Leaders

Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.

JD LaRock

  • Lecturer

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Kevin Brannon

  • Assistant Teaching Professor

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Megan Kennedy

  • Assistant Teaching Professor

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Ted Johnson

  • Senior Lecturer

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Fiona Creed

  • Associate Teaching Professor

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Seth Harris

  • Distinguished Prof of the Prac

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I gravitated to Northeastern right away because it was the only program that offered the duality of law and policy – where it wasn’t just law and wasn’t just policy. I felt that duality would present more than one option for me to further my career.

Cherron Payne Doctor of Law and Policy, 2020

Now Let's Talk Admissions

You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
  • Professional resumé: Current resumé that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Academic recommendation: This letter should come from a former professor or mentor who can speak to your ability to succeed in an academic environment. The recommender should address your capacity to conduct research and write at the doctoral level. If you have been out of school for a long time or are no longer acquainted with your professors, you may ask someone who has evaluated you during a professional training seminar or workshop to compose this recommendation.
  • Two professional recommendations: One must be from your current supervisor; recommendations should not come from individuals who report to you. Recommenders are encouraged to identify specific examples that highlight your skills and abilities.
  • Admission statement: Respond to both questions separately and stay within the prescribed word limits. The ability to demonstrate clear, succinct, well-reasoned writing is essential.
    1. Discuss your career trajectory and your professional goals. How will earning this degree help you achieve those goals? (500 words)
    2. Identify an important problem or issue related to your profession. Why do you want to explore and understand this problem or issue? Be sure to articulate how this problem or issue relates to law and policy. (500 words)
  • Interview: Applicants may be requested to participate in an interview as part of the admissions process. If this is determined, we will reach out to you directly.
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • DLP transfer credit – Due to the cohort model of the Doctor of Law and Policy program, transfer credits from other institutions are not accepted.

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

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Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis; however, we do recommend the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term:

Domestic Application Guidelines

International Application Guidelines*

*International deadlines are only applicable if the program is F1 compliant.

Student Body Profile

Below is a look at where our Law & Criminology alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.


  • Where They Work

    • City of Boston
    • IBM
    • Deloitte
    • State Board of Education
    • U.S. Army
    • FDA
  • What They Do

    • Legal
    • Business Development
    • Education
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Community and Social Services
  • What They're Skilled At

    • Policy Analysis
    • Legal Writing
    • Research
    • Public Speaking
    • Legal Analysis


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