Northwestern 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. Two-Year JD students must complete the required coursework for JD students during their first year. The second year is spent taking elective courses. Two-Year JD students are completely integrated with American students in our regular JD program. Graduates of the Two-Year JD program will receive a Juris Doctor degree from Northwestern Law.
To apply, you must hold a first degree in law from a university or college whose requirements for that degree are comparable to those prescribed by Northwestern. Applicants are also expected to have at least one year of work experience in business or law. Applicants must complete an application for admission to the Graduate and International Programs, submit an LSAT score and conduct an evaluative admissions interview. Applications are due March 1.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Under current federal regulations, only citizen and permanent residents of the United States are eligible for federal student loans. Individuals who are not eligible for federal student loans may be eligible for a University-administered Graduate-Professional Alternative Loan (GPAL), provided a United States citizen or permanent resident cosigns the loan. If you do not have a co-signer, you should explore commercial loans in your country. No fellowship or grant assistance is available for students in the Two-Year JD program.
Center for Career Strategy and Advancement for Two-Year JD Students
Students in the Two-Year JD program can begin working with the Center for Career Strategy and Advancement even before they begin taking classes. In August immediately prior to their first year at Northwestern Law, Two-Year JD students can participate in our On-Campus Interview program (OCI) with the aim of securing employment during the following summer. The Career Center staff is available over the summer to work with Two-Year JD students on resume and cover letter drafting, interview skills, OCI interview bidding, and general job search strategies. Each year, a national base of more than 600 employer-offices recruit Northwestern Law students through the Fall and Spring OCI programs, off-campus job fairs, and resume collections. Similar to all Northwestern students, our Career Advisors are available to work with Two-Year JDs their entire time in law school and throughout their careers.
Because our student publications require a two-year commitment, students in the Two-Year JD program are not eligible to participate on journal staffs.
For information about Northwestern Law admissions, please visit the Office of Admissions. You may also request an interview or apply online.