Frequently Asked Questions

Registration/Payment
How do I register?
How is my registration confirmed?
What if I need to cancel my registration?
Can I split/share my registration?
I cannot attend; can someone else take my place?
Do you offer group discounts?
What forms of payment do you accept? Do I get a receipt?
Can I bring my payment with me?
What is included in the cost of tuition?

Travel/Accommodations
Do you offer hotel discounts?
If the hotel is booked, can you make another suggestion?
Where is Northwestern University School of Law located?
Is parking available at Northwestern Law?
Can I take public transportation to Northwestern Law?

At the conference
Where do I check in?
What is the dress code?
Is there a code of conduct for program participants?
Can I receive messages while at the program?
Is Internet access available to program participants?
Will meals be provided?

Course Materials
When will I receive my materials?
Do you ship my materials home for me?

CLE Credit/Financial Aid
Are your courses approved for CLE credit in my state?
Do you have a scholarship/financial hardship policy?

Contact
Who should I contact with specific questions?
How do I subscribe to your mailing list?

How do I register?
STEP ONE: COMPLETE REGISTRATION FORM
We offer three convenient ways for you to register*:

  1. Register Online
  2. By mail: Mail your registration form from the program brochure to
      Northwestern University School of Law
      Office of Professional Education
      375 East Chicago Avenue
      Chicago, IL 60611
  3. By fax: Fax your registration to 312-503-2930

*All registrations require a valid email address for confirmation.

STEP TWO: PAYMENT
Please mail your check made payable to "Northwestern University," or include your credit card information (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) with your registration form. Your registration will be processed as soon as your form is received.

How is my registration confirmed?
You will receive a confirmation letter via email as soon as your registration is processed. Registrations without a valid email address cannot be confirmed.

What if I need to cancel my registration?
In order to get a full refund of your tuition, we must receive written notice of your cancellation two weeks prior to the start of the program. Using your registration confirmation number, you may submit your own cancellation online via a link provided in your confirmation email. You may also submit written notice of cancellation via email or fax. Cancellations received with two weeks of the program date will be refunded minus a $250 administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than one week prior to the program.

Can I split/share my registration?
No. We do not offer split registrations. If you can only attend part of the program, you are still considered a full registrant.

I cannot attend; can someone else take my place?
Yes, but only full substitutions. Substitutions may be made online using the confirmation number and registration link provided in your confirmation email. Substitutions may also be submitted via email or fax but must be made prior to the start of the program. On-site substitutions made without prior notification will be charged an additional administrative fee.

Do you offer group discounts?
Yes. Group discounts differ for each program, so please refer to your specific program brochure, available on this site, to find out the specific rate and number of participants required. Groups are strongly encouraged to register together or notify Northwestern Law that they are part of a group in order to take advantage of special rates.

What forms of payment do you accept? Do I get a receipt?
We accept payments in the following forms:
-Check made payable to "Northwestern University"
-Credit card: American Express, MasterCard, and Visa

Receipts are issued via email upon request.

Can I bring my payment with me?
Yes. We are able to process payments for programs held at Northwestern Law. Payments may also be collected at off-site programs but will not be processed until our return to Chicago.

What is included in the cost of tuition?
One set of course materials on CD-ROM is included in the cost of tuition. Participants may purchase extra materials for an additional fee. Tuition also covers breaks, lunches, receptions, and continental breakfasts during the course of the program. Please note: your hotel reservation is not included in your tuition.

Do you offer hotel discounts?
For all of our programs, we reserve a limited number of rooms at an area hotel at a reduced rate. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the special rate. Rates are available for a limited time and cannot be guaranteed after the cut-off date. Please refer to the program brochure or web site for details on the specific hotel chosen for each program.

If the hotel is booked, can you make another suggestion?
It is not uncommon for the discounted hotel to sell out during our programs. Participants are encouraged to reserve their hotel room as soon as possible. If the hotel is booked, you may contact us at professional-ed@law.northwestern.edu or (312) 503-8932 for a list of additional area hotels.

Where is Northwestern University School of Law located?
Northwestern University School of Law is located at 375 East Chicago Avenue (corner of Chicago and Lake Shore Drive) in downtown Chicago. All of our on-site programs are held in Thorne Auditorium, located just east of the main entrance.

Is parking available at Northwestern Law?
Due to a limited amount of parking at Northwestern Law, we cannot provide parking for our programs. There are a number of public garages in the area, although taking public transportation is encouraged. Click here for more information.

Can I take public transportation to Northwestern Law?
Yes. The Chicago Transit Authority provides easy access to and from the airports and around the city via train, bus or taxi-cab. To view maps and train/bus schedules visit their web site. We recommend using the "Plan a Trip" feature to find the best route. You will need to take the Blue Line train to get to the city from O'Hare International Airport and the Orange Line train from Midway International Airport.

Where do I check in?
For all Chicago programs, check-in will take place in the lobby of Thorne Auditorium located at 375 East Chicago Avenue. For programs outside of Chicago, check-in will take place just outside the main meeting room. We will have signs to direct you.

What is the dress code?
The standard dress code for our programs is business casual. You may also want to bring a sweater or light jacket as meeting rooms can be chilly.

Is there a code of conduct for program participants?
Northwestern Law Professional Education welcomes attorneys from across the country and around the world. Participants in our continuing legal education (CLE) programs learn not only from the speakers and panelists, but from each other. To help foster a healthy environment in which to learn, individuals are expected to abide by department policy and guidelines including the following:

Upon arrival at a program, confirmed attendees must check in with a Professional Education staff member at the registration desk. Each participant will be provided with a set of program materials and name badge which must be worn throughout the program.

Participants will be given an attendance log which must be submitted at the conclusion of a program in order to obtain CLE credit. If you do not turn one in, we will assume you are not seeking CLE credit. Certain states require attorneys to file for and report credit themselves or submit special forms. In such cases, Northwestern Law can assist you in acquiring these forms and/or determining the number of credits earned, but reporting them is your responsibility. For specific questions on your reporting requirements, please contact your state bar.

For those seeking non-legal credits, many states accept this log as proof of attendance. However, Northwestern Law only applies for continuing legal education credit for our programs.

Disruptive behavior is detrimental to Northwestern Law's mission and to staff and participant safety and can result in immediate forfeiture of registration privileges. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Abusing, threatening, or intimidating Professional Education staff or fellow attendees through language or actions;
  • Disturbing students or staff by unwanted advances, questioning, or solicitation of legal advice;
  • Using electronic devices (laptops, Blackberrys, iPhones), reading newspapers, etc. during sessions in a manner which detracts from others' educational experience;
  • Exhibiting signs of drunkenness or other substance abuse.

Persons who violate any one of these policies may be excluded from any and all Professional Education Programs, may be removed by University Police, may be subject to Northwestern University disciplinary actions, and/or be subject to criminal prosecution or other legal action, as appropriate.

Can I receive messages while at the program?
We will retrieve telephone and fax messages for participants throughout the program and have them available for pick-up at the registration desk. For programs held in Chicago, telephone messages may be left at (312) 503-8988 and faxes may be sent to (312) 503-5950. For programs held outside of Chicago, telephone messages may be left at (312) 503-8932. Please include the participant's name clearly in the message. Unfortunately, we cannot interrupt the program to page participants.

Is Internet access available to program participants?
Yes. Wired connection is available free of charge to participants who bring their own computers. It is not available in the meeting room itself. Wireless access is not available.

Will meals be provided?
We provide continental breakfast, full lunches, and breaks. There may also be a reception with hors d'oeuvres and beverages. Participants are encouraged to attend, network, and continue the day's discussions with fellow participants and speakers.

When will I receive my materials?
Confirmed registrants will receive an e–mail approximately one week prior to the program date with instructions on how to access the program materials online. Participants are welcome to print out any materials they wish to review prior to or during the program. Each participant will also receive a set of program materials on CD–ROM or USB drive* upon check–in. All are welcome to bring laptops to view the materials on–site. Power outlets will be available in the plenary sessions.

*Hard copy materials available upon request for an additional fee of $100. To allow for adequate production time, requests must be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the program date.

Do you ship my materials home for me?
No. Since materials are now available only on CD-ROM or USB drive, participants are asked to transport their materials home themselves.

Are your courses approved for CLE credit in my state?
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit is available for participants in many states with mandatory CLE requirements. Northwestern Law will apply for accreditation with these states on your behalf prior to the program. If we have not applied to your state, we will happily assist you in applying yourself and supply you with all the necessary documentation. Please see our Continuing Legal Education policy for more details.

Do you have a scholarship/financial hardship policy?
Yes. We offer full and partial financial assistance to our participants on a case-by-case basis. Please see our Scholarship/Financial Hardship section of this site for more details on who qualifies and how to apply.

Who should I contact with specific questions?
Speaking Opportunities, Programming
Steven Lindee, Director–Partnership Initiatives
(312) 503–8457 or e-mail

Sponsorship Opportunities
Marie Levy, Associate Director–Program Initiatives
(312) 503–0094 or e-mail

Marketing, Mailing List Additions or Removals
Peter Skrabacz, Marketing Manager–External Partnerships
(312) 503–4213 or e-mail

Registration, CLE, Payment, Course Materials, Program Logistics, Web site
Lori Sass, Assistant Director–External Relations
(312) 503–8932 or e-mail

How do I subscribe to your mailing list?
Send an email to professional-ed@law.northwestern.edu and tell us whether you would like to receive print mail communications, e-mail communications, or both. Also, tell us in what area of law you are most interested.