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The JD-PhD Program is for those students who intend to pursue an academic career and whose research and teaching will be enriched by both the JD and PhD degrees. The program is designed to allow students to complete both degrees more efficiently than they would through consecutive degree programs. The timetable for the degree is approximately five-to-six years of full-time study. Students who complete this program would be competitive for placement either within a law school or business school.

On the Kellogg side, applicants would choose from one of our eight PhD programs. The course of study for the JD-PhD degree will be determined through consultation with the academic program directors at Kellogg and Pritzker School of Law.  The typical course of study is provided below:

Years 1-2 Coursework at Kellogg and field exams
Year 3 Coursework at the Pritzker School of Law with the summer quarter spent at Kellogg
Year 4 Coursework at the Pritzker School of Law with the summer quarter spent at Kellogg; develop research topics and work on research projects with the student's academic advisors at Kellogg
Years 4-6 Dissertation research at Kellogg

Applicants would apply to both schools concurrently and follow each school's admission requirements; however, applicants will use one common application provided through The Graduate School. The application is reviewed by both schools. 

Additional information about the JD-PhD Program can be found at Northwestern University’s Center for Legal Studies and The Graduate School.


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