Executive LLM in Seoul

Admissions Information | Curriculum and Course Topics | Tuition and Living Expenses | Frequently Asked Questions

Northwestern Law, regarded by the international community as one of the top law schools in the United States, has joined in collaboration with the KAIST School of Innovation and Hallym University to offer two new dual-degree programs. Each program is unique and innovative in its structure and offers students the opportunity to obtain an academic foundation in the Anglo-American Legal System. In addition, students will have the prospects of real-world experience, which can be put into practice immediately through their studies in the Master of Intellectual Property (MIP) or Master of Arts in International Mediation and Litigation (MIM) programs. In these economic times, the dual degree will offer students a competitive edge while seeking prominent positions in legal community.

Program Structure
Students will participate in 20 credit hours of law instruction over a two-year period. Course topics include constitutional law, contract law, commercial law, international taxation, and ethics. During their time in the program, students will also travel to Chicago for a short intensive session and participate in various activities to help familiarize them with the U.S. legal community. Along with KAIST School of Innovation, we will offer an Executive LLM and MIP dual degree program. The KSI MIP is a two-year master's degree program of advanced study in the law and business of intellectual property management. Northwestern Law and Hallym University of Graduate Studies offer the Executive LLM and MIM dual degree program jointly. The MIM program is a two-year program of advanced study in international law, mediation, and negotiation.

Student Profile
An ideal candidate for these programs will hold an undergraduate degree in law, have substantial relevant work experience, and will demonstrate the ability to succeed in graduate study. The typical class has representatives from firms and companies of various sizes and legal backgrounds.

Faculty
Instructors in the Executive LLM program are drawn from distinguished faculty at Northwestern University School of Law. Students will interact with top faculty members who are leaders in their fields. Participation in the program not only provides students an enriching experience, but it also increases students' personal and professional connections at the international level.

The Northwestern Law Executive LLM Program in Korea is not intended to qualify Korean lawyers to take any state bar examination or to practice law in the United States. Individuals interested in taking a state bar exam should direct inquiries directly to their state of interest.

Further Information
For application inquiries, please contact:

KAIST School of Innovation
Attention: Jin Woo Lee
Administrative Manager, Executive LLM Program
LLM Seoul Office
#466, Supex Bldg. KAIST, 87 Hoegiro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 130-722
Tel: 82-2-958-3927
Fax: 82-2-958-3925
http://nlaw.kaist.ac.kr

Hallym University of Graduate Studies
Attention: Noh Kyung Park
Director, Executive LLM Program
LLM Seoul Office
405, Yeoksamno, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea 135-841
Tel: 82-2-3453-9333
Fax: 82-2-3453-6618
http://www.hugs.ac.kr

For all other inquiries, please contact:
Janet Garesche
Director, Executive LLM and Tax Programs
Northwestern University School of Law
375 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 503-3672
j-garesche@law.northwestern.edu

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Admissions Information

Deadlines
Application completion deadline is December 21, 2012
Decisions on a rolling basis

An ideal candidate for these programs will hold an undergraduate degree in law, have substantial relevant work experience, and will demonstrate the ability to succeed in graduate study. The typical class has representatives from firms and companies of various sizes and legal backgrounds.

Required Application Items

  • ELLM Seoul Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts
    • Applicants are required to submit an official transcript from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Essays
    • There is one required essay with a limit of 500 words.
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Interviews will be conducted in Seoul

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Curriculum and Course Topics

Northwestern Law's Executive LLM (ELLM) is designed to offer international lawyers, business managers, compliance officers, and policy makers a strategic perspective on business law in the United States. The course topics for the curriculum have been carefully selected to maximize knowledge and practical skills in managing legal aspects of business transactions conducted within the United States, or with U.S. based companies. Admission to the program is competitive and applicants must be willing to commit to an intense course of study.

  • The program is held over a period of two years. During that time, students will participate in courses such as Introduction to Constitutional Law, Contract Law, Commercial Law, Business Associations, International Taxation, Uniform Commercial Code and Administrative Law. Courses are held in Seoul during the evenings and weekends and there will also be a two week January Course held in Chicago.
  • Students must complete 20 law credit hours to earn an LLM degree. They will also be working on a Master of Intellectual Property or a Master of Arts in Intellectual Property from KAIST School of Innovation or Hallym University of Graduate Studies, respectively.

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Tuition

The Law School prices tuitions based on the degree pursued rather than the length of enrollment, and the tuition for the Executive LLM Seoul Program is $54,562. We do not offer any scholarships, but we do encourage you to seek financial support from other sources including employers and government agencies, and family and personal funds.

Living Expenses

During your stay in Chicago, your living expenses will be approximately $2,216. This includes room and board, and personal expenses such as food, entertainment, and clothing. Over the course of the program, students can expect to spend roughly $1,418.

Books and Supplies: $1,418
Living Expenses during January Course: $2,216
Coach Airfare to and from Chicago: $1,200
Total Expenses: $4,834

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer scholarships?
Currently, we do not offer scholarships for the Executive LLM Seoul program.

Does the completion of the Executive LLM Seoul program enable the graduate to sit for the bar exam?
The ELLM program is not intended to qualify foreign lawyers to take the bar examination or to practice law in the United States; in many states, including Illinois, these degrees are not sufficient to take the exam. Because bar exam qualification is subject to individual state regulation and may change year to year, it is up to the applicant and student to assess bar eligibility.

How long is the program?
The program is completed over two years. Most classes will be taught in Seoul and there will be a Chicago session held in January.

How can I contact the Executive LLM Seoul Program?
For general inquiries, please e-mail: Janet Garesché at Northwestern University School of Law

How many credits are required for the LLM degree?
All students must successfully complete 20 hours of course work.

When will I be notified of Admissions decision?
Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis and candidates will be notified by email, beginning in February.

Does the ELLM Seoul program require interviews?
Interviews will be conducted in Seoul.

Will I need a Visa?
Yes, all non-U.S. residents will require an F1 visa in order to participate in the program. Please see the visa information page for further details.

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