Required Items

A completed application to Northwestern University School of Law consists of a number of parts that are sent to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by the applicant, the Law School Admission Council, and recommenders:

JD Applicants

  • Resume

JD-MBA Applicants

Complete application information is available on the JD-MBA Program site.

Accelerated JD (AJD) Applicants

  • Application for admission form

  • A personal statement 

  • One letter of recommendation

  • Transcript

  • Standardized Test (LSAT or GMAT)

  • A current resume

  • A nonrefundable application fee payable by check or money order to Northwestern University

Complete application information is available on the AJD Program site.

ALLM, LLM and LLM/K and LLM International Human Rights Applicants

  • Essay Questions

    In place of a traditional personal statement, applicants to the ALLM, LLM, LLM/K and LLM IHR programs will be asked to respond to two essay questions. These questions are available on the Apply page.

  • One letter of recommendation

  • Official transcripts (translated into English)

    Official transcripts should be from all undergraduate, graduate, and law schools attended. You should submit your transcripts directly to the Law School Admissions Council LLM Credential Assembly Service for International Applicants.

  • An official copy of the applicant's TOEFL score report

    Foreign applicants who are not native speakers of English should take the TOEFL examination and have an official copy of the score sent directly to LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (institution code 1565) and it will be reported in your credential evaluation. Since it may take up to two months or more for the score report to reach the Law School, an applicant should take the TOEFL no later than December of the year prior to enrollment. An application will not be complete and ready for review until the Law School receives the official score report.

  • Curriculum vitae/resume written in English

    LLM/Kellogg applicants should have a minimum of one year of full-time legal or business-related work experience. A description of that employment should be included in a one- to two-page curriculum vitae or resume written in English. Applicants to the LLM program are also required to submit a CV or resume.

  • A nonrefundable application fee payable by check or money order to Northwestern University

LLM in Taxation

  • Application for admission form

  • A personal statement 

  • One letter of recommendation from your law school professor 

  • Official copy of your law school transcripts 

  • A current resume

  • A nonrefundable application fee payable by check or money order to Northwestern University

Two-Year JD for International Lawyers Applicants