Tuition Rates and Expenses

The following tuition rates apply to the 2019-2020 academic year and are expected to increase in subsequent years. The Law School prices tuition based on the degree pursued rather than the length of enrollment. Students who graduate early are still responsible for the full tuition amount. Generally, tuition is billed on a semester or quarterly basis. 

JD Programs

JD and Two-Year JD for International Lawyers Degree Programs

  • $66,506
JD-MBA Degree Program
  • $94,168

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 and Second Year: $66,506
  • Third Year (including 7th semester): $99,759

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 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 rate. Under the 7-semester format, the additional LLM in Taxation 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: $66,506
  • Fourth Year: Half tuition of the LLM rate

JD Non-Degree and/or Auditing Fee

  • $3,205 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 tuition. Students in these joint degree programs who were awarded a Law School scholarship upon admission to the JD program will also receive 6 semesters of their 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 program.

LLM Programs

Executive LLM Chicago, LLM, and LLM in International Human Rights Degree Programs

  • $69,580

LLM in Taxation Degree Program

  • $66,506

Part-Time LLM in Taxation and Non-Degree Taxation Programs

  • The tuition budget for part-time Tax-LLM students will be based on actual enrollment, charged at $3,325 per credit hour.

MSL Program


  • $54,764


  • $1,956 per credit, up to 28 credits. Students are charged for tuition as they enroll in classes. 


  • 1,956 per credit, up to 28 credits. Students are charged for tuition as they enroll in classes.

MSL students (both Full-Time and Part-Time) who surpass 32 credit hours will be charged a one-time extended studies fee of $1,500. 


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. 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 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 a Student Activities Fee of $300, which includes the Ventra card fee and the SBA fee. 

All exchange students will incur an activity fee and a Ventra card fee for the semester they are in attendance at the Law School.