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Founded in 1859, the School that would become known as the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law was the first law school established in the city of Chicago. Today, Northwestern Law advances the understanding of law and produces graduates prepared to excel in a rapidly changing world.


JD Programs
The primary academic program is the Juris Doctor (JD) degree, which includes our joint degree programs: JD-MBA, JD-Ph.D, JD-LL.M. in Taxation, and JD-LL.M. in International Human Rights.

We also offer a Two-Year JD program designed for internationally educated attorneys, as well as opportunities for students to transfer or become a visiting student at Northwestern Law.

Criminal Law

This course introduces the student to substantive criminal law by reviewing the theories and rules for imposing criminal liability. The goal is to convey both a familiarity with modern criminal codes and an appreciation for the larger conceptual context in which the rules appear. The most important general doctrines are discussed, including those governing the interpretation of offence definitions, general defences such as insanity and self defence, and doctrines imputing conduct to an actor, such as complicity and omission liability. Inchoate and homicide offences are also examined.

LLM Program
International Human Rights

The Program in International Human Rights Law is designed for students with American JDs or law degrees from other countries who wish to undertake an in-depth study of the norms and methods of international human rights law and international criminal law and their implementation by international courts and organizations and in domestic legal systems. The degree program provides an excellent grounding in international human rights law and international criminal law for individuals with career interests in the field.


In Vault’s 2016 survey of over 15,000 BigLaw associates, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law ranked #2 as a “feeder” school for BigLaw firms (defined as firms with 150 or more associates), after accounting for school size. According to Vault, Northwestern Law outperforms its expected BigLaw representation by 315%.


The Law Library maintains a near complete collection in the “ABA Archives” on the third floor of the library. The American Bar Association publishes more than 1,000 books, journals, National Institute seminar materials and other substantive works annually, leveraging the expertise of its members as authors and contributors.  Practitioners today rely on the ABA’s robust body of knowledge for timely coverage of emerging issues, subject treatises, practical guides, professional skill building, and even wellness advice.


Northwestern Pritzker

School of Law

375 East Chicago Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60611-3069


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