JD Programs

JD Programs

Our primary academic program is the juris doctor (JD) degree, which includes our Accelerated JD program and our joint degree programs: JD-MBA, JD-PhD, JD-LLM in International Human Rights, and JD-LLM in Taxation. We also offer a Two-Year JD program designed for internationally educated attorneys.

To be considered for the JD program, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or expect to finish one by the end of the academic year in which you apply.

The JD program at Northwestern Law empowers our graduates to adapt to and master the challenges of the changing world better than those of any other law school. 

The Kellogg School and Northwestern Law offer the only integrated Juris Doctor MBA program. The JD-MBA gives students a thorough grounding in both management and law. 

Accelerated JD
Through Northwestern Law’s Accelerated JD program – the first of its kind for a top tier law school – a limited number of highly motivated students earn a JD degree in just two calendar years. 

Northwestern's JD-PhD program is open to students who intend to pursue an academic or research career and whose teaching and research will be enriched by both degrees. 

JD-LLM in International Human Rights 
Northwestern Law and its Center for International Human Rights offers a four-year joint degree program leading to both a JD and an LLM in International Human Rights, with a focus on both international human rights law and international criminal law.

JD-LLM in Taxation
The Joint JD-LLM in Taxation Program is open to both current Northwestern Law students and students at other ABA-approved law schools. 

Two-Year JD for International Lawyers
Northwestern Law is one of the first law schools in the country to offer a Two-Year JD program for foreign-educated attorneys. Students who are admitted to the program receive one year of credit for their foreign law degree.

Each summer, Northwestern Law accepts a small group of transfer students for fall admission to our JD program. 

Students currently enrolled in other Association of American Law School member schools may be admitted to Northwestern Law as visiting students for a single term or an academic year. 

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