Northwestern University

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375 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

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The School of Law at Northwestern University has an application deadline of February 15. The full-time program application fee at the School of Law at Northwestern University is $100. Its tuition is full-time: $55,064 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 8.3:1. The School of Law at Northwestern University has 139 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

Students interested in the Northwestern Law School should keep in mind that it’s the only school in the country that “strongly encourages” applicants to interview with the Admissions Committee on campus, according to the school’s website. Applicants to the accelerated J.D. program, a program pioneered at Northwestern Law that takes two years to complete, are encouraged to interview. In addition to the traditional and accelerated J.D. programs, students can complete joint degrees including a J.D./MBA in conjunction with the highly ranked Kellogg School of Management or a J.D./Ph.D. with the Northwestern Graduate School. There are no part-time or evening classes for J.D. candidates.

The school offers several Moot Court and Trial Team groups, and all students are required to take part in the Arlyn Miner First-Year Moot Court Program. There are about five legal journals for second and third year students to join, as well as more than 30 student organizations. The school’s Bluhm Legal Clinic helps students gain skills including interviewing, counseling and negotiating, and the Fred Bartlit Center for Trial Strategy uses simulation-based teaching to train students in trial advocacy and more. For students looking for housing, there is limited space in family housing on campus, and the school helps students locate private, off-campus housing throughout Chicago.

Among the scores of notable alumni of Northwestern Law School are Robert McCormick, cofounder of law firm Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and Jerry Springer, former mayor of Cincinnati and host of the "Jerry Springer Show."

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Year founded 1859
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline February 15
Full-time program application fee $100
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (312) 503-8465
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 139
Student-faculty ratio 8.3:1
Total faculty 181

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 763
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 284


Tuition and fees

full-time: $55,064 per year

Room and board $14,040


Employed at graduation2 76.9%
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
Median public service starting salary $63,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 836,889

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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