Graduate Program in Law and Business (LLM/Kellogg)

Graduate Program in Law and Business

Note: In the Fall of 2016, the LLM/Kellogg program was indefinitely suspended. Since the program’s inception in 1997, the Law School has graduated several hundred outstanding students from this program. At present, we are considering new ventures with Kellogg and other partners to ensure our students have access to critical business skills going forward.


Designed specifically for business lawyers educated outside the United States, the LLM/Kellogg (LLM/K) program offers the opportunity to study both business law and management techniques from two of America's leading schools in the fields of law and business — the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management.

During the intensive 11-month program, which begins in mid-June, students complete core courses in business administration and a business enterprise Law curriculum. Students take six management courses at Kellogg which follow an Executive MBA model: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Leadership in Organizations, Business Strategy, and Microeconomic Analysis. In order to allow Kellogg professors to more effectively tailor the management coursework for students in this program and the issues they will face in their legal careers, the management classes consist exclusively of law students. All six courses consist of 15 hours of instruction spread over 5 class meetings.

Four of the courses are taught in the summer quarter from June to August and two are taught during the fall and winter quarters. LLM/K students have access to Kellogg facilities while they take the management courses but not once they complete the certificate requirements. With the exception of the two certificate courses taught in the fall and winter quarters, after the summer term, the remaining duration of the LLM/K program consist entirely of courses taught through the Law School.  

During the Fall and Spring semesters at the Law School, LLM/Kellogg students choose at least four additional law courses from an extensive list of business law electives in such areas as intellectual property, antitrust law, negotiation, commercial arbitration, international business, bankruptcy, environmental law, taxation and product liability law. The law courses emphasize corporate, commercial, and transactional studies, while the summer Kellogg courses cover introductory accounting and economics and more advanced principles of management, marketing, and finance. Graduates receive a master of laws (LLM) degree from the Law School and a certificate in business administration from Kellogg Executive Education.

Program Admission

Applicants to the LLM/Kellogg degree program must hold a first degree in law from a university or college whose law degree requirements are comparable to Northwestern's. Students must also have a high level of English proficiency. Foreign applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official copy of their TOEFL or IELTS score report.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The Law School awards several LLM/Kellogg fellowship grants based on merit and financial need; these generally cover only part of the tuition. Most applicants request financial assistance, and not all applicants who are in need will receive fellowships. All applicants therefore are encouraged to investigate other sources of support, including employers and government agencies, scholarship funds, and family and personal funds.

Career Strategy Center

LLM/Kellogg program students have a dedicated full-time Career Advisor in the Career Strategy Center. The LLM/Kellogg program does not prepare students for permanent employment in the United States, rather the Career Center will assist students who wish to seek internships, visiting or foreign attorney positions in the US as well as enhanced employment opportunities at home. We provide training and workshops on all aspects of a job search in the US including "Preparing a US-style Cover Letter and Resume," "Researching and Networking," "Interviewing." In addition, we allow students to develop their practical skills through a Mock Interview Program and Etiquette dinners. Please note, LLM/Kellogg program students do not have access to Kellogg career services, all of the resources are provided through the Career Center.

Related Links

International Programs Office | Kellogg School of Management | Course Catalog | Tuition and Financial Aid | Career Strategy Center