JD Programs

JD Programs

Our primary academic program is the juris doctor (JD) degree, which includes 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, as well as opportunities for students to transfer or become a visiting student at Northwestern Law.


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. 


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

By enrolling in the joint JD-LLM in Taxation Program, students can maximize their time in law school by earning their JD and LLM Tax degrees sequentially. This comprehensive course of study will provide them with the knowledge necessary to enter the practice of tax law.

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 at an Association of American Law Schools member school may be admitted to Northwestern Law as visiting students for a single term or an academic year.  

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