Graduate Program in Law and Business (LLM/Kellogg)

Designed specifically for business lawyers educated outside the United States, for more than 10 years the Graduate Program in Law and Business (LLM/Kellogg program) has been the leading program in business and law training for experienced international lawyers. No other program offers students the same depth of learning in both business law and core business-school classes. The LLM/Kellogg program offers students a unique opportunity to study both business law and management techniques from the faculty of two of America's leading schools in the fields of law and business--the Northwestern University School of Law and the Kellogg School of Management. Graduates of this program are awarded an LLM degree and a certificate in business administration.

All classes meet on Northwestern's downtown Chicago campus. Students are expected to be in residence for the entire program, which begins with a mandatory orientation in mid-June and ends the following mid-May

The intensive curriculum consists of upper-level course work at both schools. The law courses emphasize corporate, commercial, and transactional studies, while the Kellogg courses cover introductory and more advanced principles of management, marketing, and finance.


Law Courses

Students take at least 18 credits (six to eight courses) in law. Except for the mandatory Common Law Reasoning course, all law classes are taken with Northwestern's JD students.

Required Law Core Courses

  • Common Law Reasoning (summer term)
  • Business Associations (summer term)
  • One course from Sales and Payments; Secured Transactions; Securities Regulation

Required Law Core Electives and General Electives

During the fall and spring semesters, students choose at least three additional courses from an extensive list of core business electives in such areas as intellectual property, antitrust law, negotiation, commercial arbitration, international business, bankruptcy, environmental law, taxation, and product liability law. They complete the remainder of their legal studies with any appropriate general electives chosen from upper-level law courses.

Kellogg Courses

Beginning in 2014-2015, LLM/Kellogg program students will take the core of an Executive MBA curriculum through classes taught by leading Kellogg faculty members. These courses will meet during the program’s initial summer. Thereafter, LLM/Kellogg students may take one or two additional Kellogg elective courses, on a space-available basis.

Required Kellogg Core Courses

  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Marketing Management
  • Finance 1
  • Business Strategy
  • Managerial Economics
  • Leadership and Organizations

Elective Kellogg Courses

Students may choose one or two Kellogg electives on a space-available basis, and subject to pre-requisites, including such advanced subjects as accounting and information systems, entrepreneurship and innovation, human resource management, international business, operations management, organization behavior, and real estate.

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. Refer to the links below for more information about applying.

For questions related to LLM/Kellogg program admissions, please contact Sam Kwak, senior associate director, at (312) 503-8465 or

Tuition and Financial Aid

No financial aid awards or teaching or research fellowships are available, non-U.S. citizens.

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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

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