Tuition Rates and Expenses

The following tuition rates apply to the 2014-15 academic year and should be expected to increase in subsequent years. The Law School prices tuitions based on the degree pursued rather than the length of enrollment. Students who graduate early will still be responsible for the full tuition amount. Generally, tuition is billed and collected by the University on a semester or quarterly basis. Increases to tuition rates, if any, occur annually.

JD Programs

JD and Two-Year JD (for international students) degree programs: $56,134

Accelerated JD program: Summer 2013 Term: $32,857 Fall 13/Spring 14: $67,360
The Accelerated JD program begins in the Summer term, which is part of the 2012-13 academic year. Tuition rates change in the fall and the Fall/Spring terms reflect the 2013-14 academic year rates. Please note that Accelerated JD students will be billed tuition in their initial Summer, Fall and Spring terms. They will not be billed tuition in their following second Summer term. Billing will resume for their following second Fall and Spring terms.

JD-MBA degree program: $78,728
Students who are admitted to the JD-MBA Program during their first year of law school are charged the first-year JD-MBA Program tuition rate. The difference between the first-year JD-MBA Program tuition rate and the JD Program tuition rate is assessed at the start of the summer term

JD-LLM in Taxation degree program: First Year: $56,134; Second Year: $56,134; Third Year (including 7th semester): $85,357
Under both the 6-semester and 7-semester formats, students pay the equivalent of 3 years of JD tuition plus half of the annual LLM in Taxation degree tuition. Under the 6-semester format, the additional LLM in Taxation Program tuition amount is applied to a student's tuition bill during the Spring semester of the third year at the prevailing LLM in Taxation tuition amount at that time. Under the 7-semester format, the additional LLM in Taxation Program tuition amount is applied at the time the student returns to complete his/her seventh semester of coursework.

JD-LLM in International Human Rights degree program: First Year – Third Year: Equal to the JD tuition amount; Fourth Year: half tuition of the LLM amount

JD Non-degree and/or auditing fee: $2,807 per credit hour

Joint degrees with non-Northwestern University graduate programs:
Although typically in residence at the Law School for less than 6 semesters, students who pursue a joint degree with a non-Northwestern University graduate program are charged 6 semesters of Northwestern Law JD program tuition. Students in these joint degree programs who were awarded a scholarship or grant by the Law School upon admission to the JD program will also receive 6 semesters of their grant or scholarship. The final tuition charge and grant/scholarship award will be applied to a student's account during their final term in the joint degree.

LLM Programs

ALLM, LLM, LLM IHR and LLM in Taxation degree programs: $58,446

LLM/Kellogg (12-month)degree program: $73,446

Executive LLM (Seoul) degree program: $58,446
Any taxes that may be applicable under Korean law will be the student's responsibility. Students are also responsible for their travel expenses (including roundtrip airfare to Chicago in January), room and board, and daily necessities at the Northwestern Law Chicago campus.

Part-Time LLM in Taxation and Non-Degree Taxation programs: $2,922 per credit hour


Absentia fee for students who visit away:
Students who visit away at a domestic institution must pay tuition directly to the institution they will attend. Additionally, Northwestern Law charges an absentia fee equal to the greater of either 10% of Northwestern Law tuition for the term(s) away or the difference between Northwestern Law’s tuition and the institution to be attended. Students forfeit Northwestern Law grant and scholarship funding during the terms in which they visit away. As a result, students receiving financial aid from Northwestern Law may not apply scholarship funds to either the tuition or the absentia fee.

Activity Fees
All full-time students will also incur an annual SBA and Student Activities Fee of $300, which includes the U-PASS fee. All exchange students will incur an activity fee and a U-Pass fee for the semester they are in attendance at the Law School.