Northwestern LLM

Northwestern LLM Programs

Northwestern School of Law offers four LLM programs. Two of the programs are open exclusively to international students; one is available to both U.S.-trained attorneys and attorneys who have studied and practiced outside of the United States. The final program is available only to U.S. attorneys.

The two LLM programs available to foreign attorneys at Northwestern School of Law are:

  • Law and Business LLM

The Law and Business LLM at Northwestern School of Law offers international students the opportunity to study business law and management techniques through a partnership between Northwestern School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management. At the end of the program, graduates receive a certificate in business administration in addition to the LLM degree. The program focuses on corporate, commercial and transactional law along with advanced principles of management, marketing and finance. Students are expected to live in the United States for the entire 12-month program. They may take between 18 and 25 credits in law and between six and eight credits in management. Students must have a high level of English proficiency and a law degree from their country of origin.

  • Accelerated Summer LLM

The Accelerated Summer LLM at Northwestern School of Law offers international students the opportunity to complete an LLM in just 15 weeks. The courses are offered over a 15-week block in one summer or can be broken down over two summers. This program allows international students to maintain their work and family obligations with as little disruption as possible while completing an LLM. The program focuses on business contracts, business organization, IP law, negotiation, securities regulation, antitrust, international taxation and the American trial process. Students also have the opportunity to interact with U.S. students involved in Northwestern University School of Law’s accelerated JD program.
For internationally and U.S.-trained attorneys, Northwestern School of Law offers the following program:

  • International Human Rights LLM

The International Human Rights LLM at Northwestern School of Law allows U.S.-trained JDs and international students to undertake an in-depth look at international human rights law and international criminal law. The program looks at the implementation of both structures by international courts and organizations as well as domestic legal systems. It is a 20-credit program, with 11 of the 20 credits occupied by the five required core classes. Students are able to earn the additional nine credits through elective courses.

  • Tax Law LLM

Northwestern School of Law offers an LLM in taxation to U.S.-trained attorneys or students who are currently pursuing a JD at Northwestern School of Law. Students learn how to deal with complex real-world transactions and get a firm grasp on U.S. tax law. The program can be taken full- or part-time.

  • Executive LLM

For those students who cannot study in the United States, Northwestern School of Law partners with four universities across the globe to provide its Executive LLM degree to professionals in Europe, the Middle East, and Korea. The universities Northwestern School of Law partners with are KAIST School of Innovation and Hallym University of Graduate Studies in Seoul, South Korea, IE Law School in Madrid, Spain, and Tel Aviv University in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Northwestern LLM Admission

Each of the LLM programs at Northwestern School of Law has its own set of specific requirements for student admission. Students are encouraged to consider their applications carefully to select the appropriate course of study. Applicants to the ALLM, LLM, LLM/Kellogg, and LLM International Human Rights must submit the following:

  • Official academic records with English translation
  • Resume/CV (LLM/Kellogg requires one year of full-time legal or business work experience)
  • TOEFL score report
  • $100 nonrefundable application fee
  • Letter of recommendation (1)
  • 2 Essay Questions in lieu of personal statement

Applicants for the Northwestern LLM in Taxation must submit the above, with a personal statement in place of the essay questions, are not required to submit TOEFL scores, and an application form. Applicants to the JD for Foreign Lawyers must answer 2 essay questions, submit LSAT scores, one letter of recommendation, and an application fee, and pass an interview with the admissions committee.

Northwestern LLM Tuition

Students wishing to attend Northwestern School of Law will need to contact the school to calculate the tuition and fees of the program they wish to attend. Previous education, pursuit of a JD along with an LLM and participation in an accelerated vs. traditional program will modify the cost of attendance.

Northwestern LLM Scholarships

Northwestern LLM students may be eligible for scholarships offered by the Law School. A full list of scholarships is available here. There are also outside scholarships, grants, and loans available to help LLM students finance their study. For more information about scholarships for LLM students, visit our LLM Scholarships page.

Northwestern LLM Employment

Graduates of the Northwestern LLM program have a solid track record of employment. The majority of students in the LLM Program or the LLM/Kellogg Program found jobs in the private sector, such as law firms and corporations. Government tends to be the next biggest employer, while others pursue academia or other career paths.

Students may take advantage of the Northwestern Law Center for Career Strategy and Advancement, which staffs a full-time career advisor to help LLMs find internships or foreign/visiting attorney jobs in the U.S. and employment opportunities in their home countries as well. The center hosts workshops on topics such as cover letters, resumes, networking, and interviewing, training, mock interviews, and etiquette dinners to help students with their job search.

Northwestern LLM Contact

Northwestern University School of Law
Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
Graduate Studies Program
357 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-3069
Phone: (312) 503-8465
Fax: (312) 503-0178