Programs and Statistics

Are the LLM programs offered only for international students?
The mission of the Executive LLM Chicago (formerly Accelerated LLM), LLM, and LLM/Kellogg programs is to provide international attorneys with exposure to the American model. 

Apart from these programs, the Law School offers an LLM in Taxation and an LLM in International Human Rights, which affords domestic and international attorneys the opportunity to specialize within those disciplines.

Tell me about the Two-Year JD Program for International Lawyers. Is there a minimum LSAT score needed?
Further information can be found on the Two-Year JD Program page. We do not have a minimum LSAT score for acceptance. Applicants for the Two-Year JD program will be evaluated against each other.

Where can I find a copy of Northwestern's Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics?
As provided by the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, now known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, you are entitled to request and receive a copy of Northwestern University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. This Report includes statistics for the previous 3 years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Northwestern University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus. The Report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies on drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this Report by contacting the Northwestern University Police Department Deputy Chief at (847) 491-3256. The Report can also be accessed and printed from the University Police website.

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Is the TOEFL or IELTS required for admission? If so, what are the TOEFL codes for ETS?
Yes, the TOEFL or IELTS is required for admission into the LLM, LLM/Kellogg, and LLM IHR programs. Foreign applicants who are not native speakers of English should take the TOEFL or IELTS examination and have an official copy of the score report sent from the testing agency directly to LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service (institution code 1565), and it will be reported in your credential evaluation. 

What is the minimum recommended score for the TOEFL or IETLS examination?
The minimum score for the internet-based exam is 100. We do not accept the paper-based TOEFL. The minimum score for the IELTS exam is an overall 7.

How can I request an English Language Proficiency Exam waiver?
TOEFL or IELTS waivers are granted on a case by case basis. Please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@law.northwestern.edu to learn more about this process. 

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How can I apply for admission?
Application instructions and a link to the online application can be found on the apply page for the Executive LLM Chicago (formerly Accelerated LLM), LLM, LLM/Kellogg, LLM IHR, and the Two Year JD for International Lawyers programs.

Is the LSAT required for the LLM application process?
No. The only standardized test that is required for the LLM application is the TOEFL.

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Financial Aid

Are scholarships available to LLM students?
A limited number of fellowships are awarded to LLM and LLM IHR students each spring. This fellowship funding can be applied for after you have been admitted to either the LLM or LLM IHR programs. 

Are loans available to LLM students?
International students may opt to finance a portion of their education at Northwestern Pritzker Law with the Graduate Professional Alternative Loan (GPAL). Students may borrow up to the total cost of attendance, minus personal contributions. The primary requirement for the loan is the security of a credit worthy co-signer who is either a permanent resident or citizen of the United States.

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Are there support programs for LLM students?
The Law School has a Director of International Programs who serves as the primary academic advisor for every member of the LLM population. Additionally, through the Law School's Career Strategy Center, there is an associate director dedicated to career counseling for LLM students.

Does the completion of the LLM program enable the graduate to sit for the bar exam?
Only some states permit foreign lawyers to take the bar examination, and each state has its own requirements as to prior legal education, coursework in a US LLM program, and other matters. For many students, admission to one or more states is possible if the appropriate courses and the bar examination are completed. As such, the LLM, LLM IHR, and LLM/Kellogg programs do not guarantee students that they will qualify to take the bar examination or to practice law in the United States. Eligibility, however, has been extended in the past in the the states of New York and California dependent on meeting some specific criteria. Please refer to the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements at www.abanet.org.

While the Law School does not guarantee bar exam eligibility to Executive LLM Chicago (formerly ALLM) students for any state, the California State Bar has notified Northwestern Law that the current Executive LLM Chicago program will qualify a student to take the California Bar Exam. Along with other courses in the ELLMC program, students must satisfactorily complete the Professional Responsibility course offered in the ELLMC program to meet California Bar Exam eligibility requirements. Please refer to the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements for more information on bar exam eligibility requirements for any state.

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