Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

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Northwestern is perhaps the most innovative school in Chicago, and is certainly one of the most prestigious. It has strived to create a learning environment that is centered on the needs of both the marketplace and employers, said Donald Rebstock, associate dean of enrollment management, career strategy and marketing.

During the past years, it has been implementing changes derived from focus groups with 60 managing partners among the top U.S. and U.K. law firms.

The result is an action-orientated, focused approach to the law and legal education that helps students with the skills they will need immediately upon graduation, Rebstock said. A whopping 42.2 percent of students work in prized clinical opportunities. The proof is in student feedback via publications like the National Jurist, which gave Northwestern an A- in practical training. It has a high percent of students employed 10 months after graduation— with 94.3 percent — which ranks among the top in the region.

Northwestern also is well known its JD/MBA program, the result of an intimate relationship between The Kellogg School and Northwestern Law. Plus, the core classes are accessible to every law student, which gives them a competitive advantage as well.

The law school has also significantly improved its student-to-faculty ratio during the past 10 years, now boasting the lowest ratio in Chicago, 7.2 to 1, and the second smallest class size. On the downside, it is the most expensive school in Chicago with tuition at $62,084. 

Northwestern also has the highest-ranked law library in the city and the ninth best library in the nation, as ranked by preLaw magazine. It also has the highest percent of minority students, at 33.9 percent. 




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75th Percentile1703.89
25th Percentile1633.43
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$30000
Percent receiving grants78.00%
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Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 94.30%
NJ Employment90.37
Bar Passage90.64%
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