Two-Year JD for International Lawyers
Northwestern Law is one of the first law schools in the country to offer a Two-Year JD program for foreign-educated attorneys. Students who are admitted to the program receive one year of credit for their foreign law degree. Two-Year JD students must complete the required coursework for JD students during their first year. The second year is spent taking elective courses. Two-Year JD students are completely integrated with students in our regular JD program. Graduates of the Two-Year JD program receive a juris doctor degree from Northwestern Law.
- Required First-Year Courses
- Perspective Elective
- Legal Ethics
- 6 credits of Experiential Learning
- US Legal Doctrine Electives (required to take five from the following):
- Business Associations or Corporations
- Contracts II: Sales or Commercial Law: Secured Transactions
- Securities Regulation
- Basic Federal Income Tax or Corporate Tax or Partnership Tax
- Mergers Acquisitions or Antitrust
- Employment Law
- Civil Procedure II or Federal Jurisdiction
- Administrative Law
- First Amendment or Fourteenth Amendment
- Constitutional Criminal Procedure
- Estates and Trusts
- Torts II
- Environmental Law or Natural Resources
- Intellectual Property
- Writing Requirement
- 2-Year JD students will complete the Advanced Writing Requirement by completing either a Research Writing or a Professional Writing course, designated as such at the time of registration. 2-Year JDs may not double count a course toward the Advanced Writing Requirement and another graduate requirement, such as Experiential Learning.
- Curricular Limitations:
- May enroll in no more than one seminar, and may not enroll in a seminar if enrolled in Senior Research
- May enroll in either a maximum of four credits of clinical work or a maximum of four credits of senior research (in extraordinary cases, the Director of Research may approve an additional two credits)
Career Strategy Center Services for Two-Year JD Students
Students in the Two-Year JD program can begin working with the Career Strategy Center even before they begin taking classes. In August immediately prior to their first year at Northwestern Law, Two-Year JD students can participate in our On-Campus Interview program (OCI) with the aim of securing employment during the following summer.
The Career Center staff is available over the summer to work with Two-Year JD students on resume and cover letter drafting, interview skills, OCI interview bidding, and general job search strategies.
Students in the Two-Year JD program are not eligible to participate on law journal staffs.