Application Process for JD-PhD Joint Degree
Applicants to Northwestern’s JD-PhD program must meet the admission requirements of both the Law School and The Graduate School to gain admittance into the program. The program has a single, integrated online application, which means applicants need only submit one application.
Applicants should follow the instructions for applying as outlined on The Graduate School's website, as well as complete the additional instructions set out below. International students must also meet the requirements for certification of language proficiency.
Prospective students may apply to the JD-PhD Program beginning on October 1. The Law School reviews all applications received by February 15. However, deadlines within The Graduate School vary by department. Please consult the The Graduate School's website for more details regarding their application deadlines.
Both The Graduate School and Law School admissions offices review each application. The schools sometimes award admission independently if the joint application does not result in an offer of admission.
Supplemental Application Items for the Law School
A complete application to the JD-PhD program includes all items required by The Graduate School, plus the following:
Northwestern Law is the only law school in the country that attempts to interview everyone who applies. Consult the Law School admissions site for information about scheduling an interview.
LSAT, transcripts, letter of recommendation
The LSAT examination is a requirement for admission to the JD-PhD Program. All applicants must register with the Law School Credential Assembly Service (CAS), which disseminates LSAT results, transcripts, and letters of recommendation to law school admissions offices. As part of that process, applicants must supply official transcripts and one letter of recommendation specifically for the Law School to the CAS. Consult the Law School admissions site for information and instructions regarding the CAS.
Important: Applicants must submit graduate school recommendation letter(s) directly to The Graduate School's admissions office. Do not submit Graduate School recommendation(s) to the CAS.
Current Northwestern Students
View application information for current Northwestern Law students and Northwestern doctorial students interested in the JD-PhD Program.