Executive LLM in Chicago

The Executive LLM Chicago (ELLMC) is a unique and accelerated Master of Laws program for global lawyers seeking an LLM. This program, designed for working professionals, enables international law graduates to earn an LLM from a top law school in a single summer, from May through August.  The Executive LLM Chicago program allows international lawyers to study business law in a concentrated format over the summer by maximizing their knowledge and practical skills in managing legal aspects of business transactions conducted within the United States or with US-based companies.

Program Structure

The curriculum contains course topics carefully selected to maximize knowledge and practical skills in managing legal aspects of business transactions conducted within the United States, or with U.S. based companies. Students learn about the law governing the financial and commercial aspects of business as well as M&A and Corporate Governance. Courses are taught by faculty of Northwestern Law, situated in a world-class city and major U.S. legal market.

Additionally, at the beginning of their summer, students are invited to the prestigious Garrett Institute, a two-day symposium attended by senior law firm partners, general counsel and government officials addressing important current issues in the corporate and securities law fields.

Degree Requirements

Course Title
Required Courses (4 credits)
BUSCOM 803-LBusiness Associations I
BUSCOM 848-LContracts
Additional Courses (17 credits)
Not all courses are offered every year. The law school reserves the right to make changes and substitutions without notice.
Business Associations II: Mergers & Acquisitions
Business Associations III: Corporate Governance and Shareholder Activism
Business Bankruptcy in the United States
Introduction to U.S. Constitutional Law and Legal Structure
Corporate Criminal Law
Legal Ethics
Intellectual Property
International Taxation
Minimum Credits Required: 21

Bar Exam Information

Students who wish to apply to the California bar should enroll in a course on ethics and professional responsibility that focuses specifically on California law.  While the Law School does not guarantee bar exam eligibility to Executive LLM students for any state, the California State Bar has notified Northwestern Law that the current Executive LLM Chicago program will qualify a student to take the California Bar Exam.