Tuition and Fees

How much does a law school education cost at Northwestern? The totals provided on the web page below include tuition, loan fees, room and board, transportation, and other expenses that the Financial Aid Committee takes into account when determining your required educational budget.  All budgets are for 9 months unless otherwise noted.

2016-17 Academic Year

JD Educational Budget

First Year and Transfer Students

Category Fall Spring Total for both terms
Tuition $29,775 $29,775 $59,550
Room and Board $7,020 $7,020 $14,040
Books $709 $709 $1,418
Personal $1,305 $1,305 $2,610
Transportation $792 $792 $1,584
Health Insurance $3,799 -- $3,799
Loan Fees $866 $866 $1,732
Budget Total $44,266 $40,467 $84,733

Second and Third Year students

Category Fall Spring Total for both terms
Tuition $29,775 $29,775 $59,550
Room and Board $7,020 $7,020 $14,040
Books $709 $709 $1,418
Personal $1,305 $1,305 $2,610
Transportation $792 $792 $1,584
Health Insurance $3,799 -- $3,799
Loan Fees $866 $866 $1,732
Budget Total $44,266 $40,467 $84,733

JD-MBA Educational Budget

First Year Students (12 month budget)

Category Fall Spring Summer Total
Tuition $41,964 $41,964 $0 $83,928
Room and Board $7,020 $7,020 $3,120 $17,160
Books $709 $709 $691 $2,109
Personal $1,305 $1,305 $566 $3,176
Transportation $792 $792 $394 $1,978
Health Insurance $3,799 -- -- $3,799
Loan Fees $1,431 $1,431 $204 $3,066
Budget Total $57,020 $53,221 $4,975 $115,216

Second Year and Third Year Students (10 month budget)

Category Fall Spring Total for both terms
Tuition $41,964 $41,964 $83,928
Room and Board $7,020 $9,360 $16,380
Books $709 $709 $1,418
Personal $1,160 $1,740 $2,900
Transportation $779 $1,101 $1,880
Health Insurance $3,799 -- $3,799
Loan Fees $1,445 $1,445 $2,890
Budget Total $56,876 $56,319 $113,195

Accelerated JD Educational Budget

Second year AJD students

Category Fall Spring Total for both terms
Tuition $35,731 $35,731 $71,462
Room and Board $7,020 $7,020 $14,040
Books $709 $709 $1,418
Personal $1,305 $1,305 $2,610
Transportation $792 $792 $1,584
Health Insurance $3,799 -- $3,799
Loan Fees $1,018 $1,018 $2,036
Budget Total $50,374 $46,575 $96,949

LLM Educational Budget

Category Fall Spring Total for both terms
Tuition $31,153 $31,153 $62,306
Room and Board $7,020 $7,020 $14,040
Books $709 $709 $1,418
Personal $1,305 $1,305 $2,610
Transportation $792 $792 $1,584
Health Insurance $3,799 -- $3,799
Loan Fees $1,034 $1,034 $2,068
Budget Total $45,812 $42,013 $87,825

LLM-Tax Educational Budget

Category Fall Spring Total for both terms
Tuition $30,853 $30,853 $61,706
Room and Board $7,020 $7,020 $14,040
Books $709 $709 $1,418
Personal $1,305 $1,305 $2,610
Transportation $792 $792 $1,584
Health Insurance $3,799 -- $3,799
Loan Fees $1,034 $1,034 $2,068
Budget Total $45,512 $41,713 $87,225

*The tuition budget for part-time Tax-LLM students will be based on the enrollment projections included in the financial aid application materials, charged at $3,085/credit.

LLM/K Educational Budget (12 month budget)

Category Summer Fall Spring Total for all terms
Tuition $15,991 $31,153 $31,153 $78,297
Health Insurance $923 $3,799 -- $4,722
Personal $580 $1,305 $1,305 $3,190
Room & Board $2,750 $7,020 $7,020 $16,790
Transportation $457 $792 $792 $2,041
Books $709 $709 $709 $2,127
Budget Total  $21,410 $44,778 $40,979 $107,167

Executive LLM in Chicago 1 Summer Educational Budget (4 month budget)

Category Summer Total
Tuition $60,492 $60,492
Personal $1,305 $1,305
Room & Board $7,020 $7,020
Transportation $792 $792
Books $709 $709
Health Insurance $923 $923
Budget Total $71,241 $71,241

Executive LLM in Chicago 2 Summer Educational Budget (2 month budget)

Category Summer Total
Tuition $30,246 $30,246
Personal $566 $566
Room & Board $3,120 $3,120
Transportation $394 $394
Books $691 $691
Health Insurance $923 $923
Budget Total $35,940 $35,940

MSL Full Time Educational Budget

Category Fall Spring Total for both terms
Tuition* $24,514 $24,514 $49,028
Room and Board $7,020 $7,020 $14,040
Books $709 $709 $1,418
Personal $1,305 $1,305 $2,610
Transportation $792 $792 $1,584
Health Insurance $3,799 -- $3,799
Loan Fees $756 $756 $1,512
Budget Total $38,895 $35,096 $73,991

*Tuition for the MSL program in the 2016-17 academic year is $1,751/credit.  The tuition budget for full-time MSL students assumes enrollment in all 4 sessions per semester with a total enrollment of 14 credits in each semester. 

The tuition budget for part-time MSL students will be based on the enrollment projections included in the financial aid application materials.

2015-16 Academic Year

JD Educational Budget

First Year and Transfer Students (9 months/2 terms)

Category Fall Spring Total for both terms
Tuition $29,049 $29,049 $58,098
Room and Board $7,020 $7,020 $14,040
Books $709 $709 $1,418
Personal $1,305 $1,305 $2,610
Transportation $792 $792 $1,584
Health Insurance $3,692 -- $3,692
Loan Fees $927 $927 $1,854
Budget Total $43,494 $39,802 $83,296

Second and Third Year students (9 months /2 terms)

Category Fall Spring Total for both terms
Tuition $29,049 $29,049 $58,098
Room and Board $7,020 $7,020 $14,040
Books $709 $709 $1,418
Personal $1,305 $1,305 $2,610
Transportation $792 $792 $1,584
Health Insurance $3,692 -- $3,692
Loan Fees $927 $927 $1,854
Budget Total $43,494 $39,802 $83,296

JD-MBA Educational Budget

First Year Students (12 months/3 terms)

Category Fall Spring Summer Total
Tuition $40,742 $40,742 $0 $81,484
Room and Board $7,020 $7,020 $3,120 $17,160
Books $709 $709 $691 $2,109
Personal $1,160 $1,160 $566 $2,886
Transportation $779 $779 $394 $1,952
Health Insurance $3,692 -- -- $3,692
Loan Fees $1,446 $1,446 $213 $3,105
Budget Total $55,548 $51,856 $4,984 $112,388

Second Year and Third Year Students (10 months/2 terms)

Category Fall Spring Total for both terms
Tuition $40,472 $40,472 $81,484
Room and Board $7,020 $9,360 $16,380
Books $709 $709 $1,418
Personal $1,160 $1,740 $2,900
Transportation $779 $1,101 $1,880
Health Insurance $3,692 -- $3,692
Loan Fees $1361 $1,361 $2,772
Budget Total $55,548 $55,098 $110,646

Accelerated JD Educational Budget

First Year Students (12 months/3 terms)

2015 Summer

Category Summer Total
Tuition $33,680 $33,680
Room and Board $5,265 $5,265
Books and Supplies $691 $691
Transportation $594 $594
Personal $979 $979
Health Insurance $992 $992
Loan Fees  $1,040 $1,040
Budget Total $43,241 $43,241

2015-16 Fall and Spring

Category Fall Spring Total for both terms
Tuition $34,859 $34,859 $69,718
Room and Board $7,020 $7,020 $14,040
Books $709 $709 $1,418
Personal $1,305 $1,305 $2,610
Transportation $792 $792 $1,584
Health Insurance $3,692 -- $3,692
Loan Fees $1,035 $1,035 $2,070
Budget Total $49,412 $45,720 $95,132

Second year AJD students (9 months/2 terms)

Category Fall Spring Total for both terms
Tuition $34,859 $34,859 $69,718
Room and Board $7,020 $7,020 $14,040
Books $709 $709 $1,418
Personal $1,305 $1,305 $2,610
Transportation $792 $792 $1,584
Health Insurance $3,692 -- $3,692
Loan Fees $1,035 $1,035 $2,070
Budget Total $49,412 $45,720 $95,132

LLM Educational Budget

Category Fall Spring Total for both terms
Tuition $30,246 $30,246 $60,492
Room and Board $7,020 $7,020 $14,040
Books $709 $709 $1,418
Personal $1,305 $1,305 $2,610
Transportation $792 $792 $1,584
Health Insurance $3,692 -- $3,692
Loan Fees $1,151 $1,151 $2,302
Budget Total $44,915 $41,223 $86,138

LLM-Tax Educational Budget

Category Fall Spring Total for both terms
Tuition $29,954 $29,954 $59,908
Room and Board $7,020 $7,020 $14,040
Books $709 $709 $1,418
Personal $1,305 $1,305 $2,610
Transportation $792 $792 $1,584
Health Insurance $3,692 -- $3,692
Loan Fees $1,151 $1,151 $2,302
Budget Total $44,623 $40,931

$85,554

LLM/K Educational Budget

Category Summer Fall Spring Total for all terms
Tuition $15,525 $30,246 $30,246 $76,017
Health Insurance $862 $3,692 -- $4,554
Personal $580 $1,305 $1,305 $3,190
Room & Board $2,750 $7,020 $7,020 $16,790
Transportation $457 $792 $792 $2,041
Books $709 $709 $709 $2,127
Budget Total  $20,883 $43,764 $40,072 $104,719

Executive LLM in Chicago 1 Summer Educational Budget (4 months)

Category Summer Total
Tuition $60,492 $60,492
Personal $1,305 $1,305
Room & Board $7,020 $7,020
Transportation $792 $792
Books $709 $709
Health Insurance $862 $862
Budget Total $71,180 $71,180

Executive LLM in Chicago 2 Summer Educational Budget (2 months)

Category Summer Total
Tuition $30,246 $30,246
Personal $566 $566
Room & Board $3,120 $3,120
Transportation $394 $394
Books $691 $691
Health Insurance $862 $862
Budget Total $35,879 $35,879

MSL Full Time Educational Budget

9 month budget, assumes enrollment in 14 credits per term

Category Fall Spring Total for both terms
Tuition $23,800 $23,800 $47,600
Room and Board $7,020 $7,020 $14,040
Books $709 $709 $1,418
Personal $1,305 $1,305 $2,610
Transportation $792 $792 $1,584
Health Insurance $3,692 -- $3,692
Loan Fees $955 $955 $1,910
Budget Total $38,273 $34,581 $72,854