The Law School was founded in 1859 as the Union College of Law of the Old University of Chicago. In addition to providing a first-class legal education, Northwestern Law offers a uniquely inviting and collaborative environment in which the students develop supportive, not competitive, relationships with each other and faculty. The small, intimate community is based on mutual respect for differing ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds.
The education program provides a strong core foundation in the law and legal reasoning, exposes students to the law in context and in action, builds teamwork and communication skills, reflects the increasing globalization of law and business, and enables them to share an understanding of law and legal institutions with non-lawyers.
Northwestern University School of Law offers several degree programs:
To be considered for the JD program, candidates must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or are expected to finish one by the end of the academic year in which he/she applies.
LL.M. program offers outstanding graduates of foreign law schools an opportunity to expand their knowledge of American law and legal processes, continue their studies in international law, and engage in comparative legal research.
Students gain a firm foundation in the principal areas of tax law and learn how to deal with complex real-world transactions. Living and learning in a supportive community at the center of one of the world's leading cities, students have access to extensive resources, an innovative curriculum, and an outstanding faculty.
The Pritzker Legal Research Center includes among its resources a library of print and electronic collections to serve the research and curricular needs of the faculty and students of Northwestern Law. The Center's collection continues to rank among the best academic law library collections in both breadth and depth. The library's collection is oriented toward academic research. The library holds comprehensive collections of primary and secondary Anglo-American legal materials and international law, and selective, historically rich collections of foreign, comparative, and Roman law materials. The library also has many historically significant first editions of classic legal materials.
Bluhm Legal Clinic
The clinic opened its doors in 1969 with two staff attorneys and 12 students. Today, more than 20 clinical professors mentor over 120 students who take clinical courses each year. Each center within the Clinic operates as a quasi-law firm, wherein students assist clients with practical legal matters under the tutelage of full-time faculty from the School. The Bluhm Legal Clinic trains law students to be skilled, ethical, and reform-minded professionals. In addition to learning lawyering skills such as interviewing, counseling, negotiating, writing, and appellate and trial advocacy, students are urged to scrutinize the quality of justice.
The Law School facilities accommodate the manner in which law is learned and taught. Students make use of the state-of-the-art Pritzker Legal Research Center, two fully equipped courtrooms, and new and technologically up-to-date classrooms that include smart podiums with computer and video projectors. Students are required to own laptop computers, and to make the purchase of such computers easier and more affordable, the Law School sponsors a discount notebook program. There is wireless technology throughout the Law School, and Ethernet connections are available in many of the classrooms, common areas, and in the library. The Law School's Information Technology department provides responsive and service-oriented technology support for faculty, students, and staff. The Center for Career Strategy and Advancement provides students with the resources necessary to conduct successful job searches and to manage their long-term multi-job careers. With job posting databases and one-on-one programs, the center helps students and alumni build an effective framework for a lifetime of active career management.
Northwestern University School of Law
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Chicago, Illinois 60611-3069