Executive LLM Chicago (ELLMC) FAQs


What do you look for in an Executive LLM student?
We take a very holistic approach to the admissions process and look for the same qualities and characteristics that we do for all of our LLM programs, including a strong academic performance during law school, well-developed language skills, post-graduate work experience and a strong interest in pursuing post-graduate study in the United States.

Program Structure and Curriculum

How are students able to earn an LLM Degree so quickly?
The residential portion of the program is only two months in length, with the option to complete classes online. The overall program takes approximately six months, but much of coursework can be completed remotely, which means that students spend less time away from work, home and family.
For the upcoming academic year, the program will begin with an online course in March 2022 that is taken remotely.  Students then come to campus for the residential portion of the program in May.  The on-campus program is divided into two four-week semesters, during which students enroll in approximately four courses.  Students who wish to qualify to sit for the California bar exam also have the option to enroll in an ethics course remotely in September.
How does the Executive LLM Program differ from the General LLM?
The Executive LLM Program is designed for practicing attorneys with a significant amount of work experience.  We recognize that many lawyers at this level cannot afford to be away from their employers or clients for 9 months to attend our general LLM Program.  The Executive LLM Program gives students the flexibility to complete their degree in an accelerated time frame, minimizing their time away from home. Students in the program will have access to the same resources as all Northwestern students and will be taught by Northwestern faculty. Coursework is intensive and rigorous, but manageable. Graduates of the Executive LLM program will earn an LLM degree.
What courses are available to students in the Executive LLM Program?
The curriculum will differ slightly every year, but the courses are designed to prepare graduates for the global practice of law. In prior years, courses offered include:
  • Antitrust
  • Business Associations
  • Business and Bankruptcy
  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Governance
  • Ethics
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Taxation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Tuition and Financial Aid

What types of financial aid are available to Executive LLM students?
Admitted ELLMC applicants are automatically under consideration for a scholarship award; no additional form or application is necessary. Scholarship awards typically only cover a portion of the cost of attendance, so applicants should seek additional funding from their government, employer or private foundations which provide scholarship assistance. Northwestern does offer loans to international students. More information can be found on our Student Finance website. Information for international students can be found towards the bottom of the page.