Curriculum for a Global Mindset


Lawyers today must have a firm grasp of U.S. laws and principles in order to navigate the complexities of large business transactions. The Executive LLM Chicago curriculum was designed specifically to provide international law graduates with the knowledge and experience they need to take the lead in any complex transaction. Students who complete the program requirements will earn an LLM degree from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. 

“Having a full understanding of the Common Law System is crucial for my current role.

First, I work for a global company and we commonly face situations where, in international / cross border transactions, the Common Law rules govern. Therefore, having the mindset and a full picture of Common Law principles is a game changer. Second, advancing my understanding of U.S. laws and the legal system will give me the ability to accelerate my opportunities within the legal department.”

Renato Batalha, Global Ethics and Compliance, International Paper

Discover the Executive LLM Chicago Format

The Executive LLM Chicago program consists of a comprehensive set of courses designed to prepare you for a truly global practice of law, including qualifying to sit for the California bar*. Incoming students begin the program with Introduction to Constitutional Law, which is offered online during the month of April. Although not required, students have the opportunity to enroll in Antitrust and/or Civil Procedure as part of their course selections. Other courses are scheduled on a modular basis throughout the summer, and students must complete 20 law credit hours to graduate. For those who wish to sit for the California Bar, Professional Responsibility (Ethics) is offered online in the fall as an elective.

The Law School has partnered with the Kellogg School of Management to create a new course on Strategy taught by Professor Sarit Markovich. This is an exciting opportunity to learn from one of the best business schools in the world.


  • Intro to Constitutional Law (online before students arrive on campus)
  • Negotiations
  • Antitrust
  • Civil Procedure
  • Contracts
  • Strategy
  • Business and Human Rights
  • Business Bankruptcy
  • Business Associations I (with attention to the law governing LLCs, partnerships, agency relationships and corporations)
  • Business Associations II: Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Associations III: Corporate Governance
  • International Taxation
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility (online elective to give you more flexibility)

*Those who wish to apply to the California bar should enroll in the Ethics and Professional Responsibility course as it focuses specifically on California law. This course, along with the rest of the curriculum, is designed to satisfy the requirements for bar eligibility in California. 

“In my daily work, I am often confronted with situations where either the clients, and/or other parties, are Americans and wish for the contracts to be drafted and ruled by American law,

with a review from a Luxembourg law point. Learning about the Common Law system allows for me to be better prepared and better tailor their needs.”

Reda Faid, Associate at Clement Konrad & Partners in Luxembourg