Executive LLM


Program Description

Explore the ins and outs of Anglo-American common law before learning how to apply it to a business context. With the expertise of two leading international institutions (Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and IE Law School), participants get a comprehensive look at the practice of business law.

The Executive LL.M. joint-degree program draws on the knowledge of two top international law schools: Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and IE Law School. This LL.M. takes an in-depth look at Anglo-American common law, covering its international application and the fundamental management skills related to the practice of law for business.

The Executive LL.M. study plan has been designed to challenge already proven professionals to take their skill set to the next level. In the program, you will explore a number of key areas that will enhance your overall understanding of current legal developments and specific sector skills, as well as an in-depth overview of your clients’ business practices.

Quick Facts

  • Format: Intensive on-campus periods + Online sessions
  • Intake: September
  • Campus: Online + Madrid + Chicago
  • Language: English
  • Length: 9 months
  • Admissions period: Rolling admissions process

The Executive LL.M. is for Experienced professionals with a strong legal background in a non-US legal system. This program brings together a broad spectrum of highly qualified individuals, with diverse perspectives and worldviews.

Looking to Expand their network among a cohort of like-minded achievers. In order to get ahead in their sector, participants should be ready to explore the Anglo-American legal system and its transnational application.

To become Whether progressing in your current role or taking on a new challenge, there are many career opportunities, including:

  • Legal & governance lead
  • In-house lawyer
  • Legal counsel
  • Business development senior executive
  • Head of corporate strategy and research
  • Legal advisor
  • Strategy, global m&a offering development manager

Residential Option in Chicago

Students who can take a longer time away from work, and who would like more time in a traditional classroom environment, may want to consider the Residential Option in Chicago. This option combines the first semester of the Traditional Executive Program with the entire Spring Semester (January - May) in residence at Northwestern Law. Under this option, participants may choose from among a wide variety of courses offered to residential JD and LLM students at Northwestern Law.

A Unique Part-time Program

This unique executive LLM is flexible for participants from around the globe, so they can continue with their professional and personal commitments while earning their LLM degree and MBA Certificate. The program combines intensive on-campus periods in Chicago and Madrid, each approximately two weeks long, alternating with on-line coursework using our state-of-the-art course platform.

First Period: Summer in Madrid (2.5 Weeks)

The Executive LLM Program kicks off in September with a short introduction to the common law, then moves right into subjects fundamental to the business lawyer.

Second Period: Fall in Madrid (2 Weeks)

Participants return to Madrid in the autumn to continue their study of more advanced areas of interest to the international practitioner and two additional areas of management and business administration.

Third Period: Spring in Chicago (2.5 Weeks)

The Program ends up in Chicago, where participants come together for the final on-campus period leading up to the Convocation Ceremony in mid-May.


The Executive LLM Program provides today’s practicing lawyer with the tools necessary to advance to the next level of professional success.

The program offers the unparalleled opportunity to make business connections and friendships with fellow students and alumni of a similar professional level from all around the world. Executive LLM students will form part of the alumni association of both IE and Northwestern institutions. During the program, participants interact with top faculty members who provide information on the latest developments in their fields.

Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

Explore a different way of understanding law that prepares you for the world, whatever it may be.

Explore a different way of understanding law that prepares you for the world, whatever it may be. Read less
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