Students admitted to the JD-PhD program typically will be granted full funding (including tuition and all living expenses) for six academic years and three summers. This funding will be contingent upon the student entering an academic position within four years of graduation from the program program or a position with an organization whose primary stated mission is to conduct research. Students who can demonstrate a good faith effort* to secure an academic position, who obtain a position with an organization whose mission is research based, or who experience a significant life event** that interrupts their academic job search will be excluded from this policy.
If a student voluntarily or involuntarily withdraws from the PhD portion of the program prior to matriculation at the Law School and wishes to enroll in the JD program, JD-PhD program funding will discontinue immediately, and the student will be obligated to repay any law school tuition scholarship payments previously received from the law school as part of the JD-PhD program. Such a student may be considered for financial assistance for the JD program if the student applies for financial aid according to the same application procedures, deadlines, and policies that pertain to JD program entering students as described on the Law School Financial Aid webpage. JD program grant funding will be contingent upon the availability of remaining funds at the time of the financial aid application.
If a student transfers to another institution or withdraws from the joint program at any point after matriculating at the Law School in order to only pursue the JD degree, JD-PhD program funding will discontinue immediately and the student will be required to repay scholarship money in an amount equal to the Law School tuition rate during the terms he or she was in residence at the Law School.
*A good faith effort is understood as a dedicated, serious effort by the student to find a tenure-line teaching position in a Law School and/or academic department/program. Students are expected to submit at least three applications per year for positions for four consecutive years until a position is secured. The job search should not be limited by geography.
**A significant life event may include but is not limited to the birth of child, death or illness of a family member or life partner, or a profound illness or health matter that incapacitates the student.
Current Northwestern Students
View funding information for current Northwestern Law students and Northwestern doctoral students interested in the JD-PhD Program.