What can you expect from the program
We distinguish LPP from other public policy programs in two ways. First, while many public policy programs are mostly applied economics, economics is only one part of our curriculum. Our hallmark course, Strategizing Public Policy, illustrates our approach to the discipline. We use a case study method to analyze how policy is made at the local, state, and federal level through legislation, litigation, the ballot box, and civil action. Second, students interested in developing a more theoretical and empirical understanding of the law will appreciate our law and society focus.
Information accurate as of August 2013. Requirements and policies subject to change. For up-to-date information, contact Kathie Simmons or view the official graduate catalogue for a full listing of graduate level courses.
Another unique aspect of the program is that students design their own interdisciplinary curriculum. After taking core courses in theory, research methodology and economics, students develop their own plan of study in their chosen policy field. Students take courses in the School of Law and other colleges at Northeastern. The law courses in the curriculum provide students with the foundation to conduct legal research, understand the legal aspects of their policy focus area, and understand how courts make policy.
Core Courses and Sample Syllabi
- Strategic Litigation
- Economics of Law and Regulation
- Law and Legal Reasoning
- Research and Statistical Methods
- Research Design and Analysis
- Strategizing Public Policy
- Ethics and Public Policy
- Advanced Methodology Elective
Policy Focus Areas
- Crime, Law, and Justice
- Health Policy
- Sustainability, Climate Change and Environmental Policy
- Urban Policy