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Pritzker School of Law

Pritzker School of Law

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law 375 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611-3069

Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law was founded in 1859 in Chicago, Illinois. This private university has an acceptance rate of 13.91%. To enter the program in fall of 2021 there were 7,410 applications, 1,031 students were accepted, and 234 enrolled as first-year JD students. Accepted students have a median GRE score of 322 (ranging from 316 to 332). Additionally, admitted students have a median LSAT score of 171 and median GPA of 3.86. Prospective students may submit the LSAT or GRE as a part of their application.

At Pritzker, 7% of law students are international students, 45% are minorities, and 56% are women. Students are 25 years old, on average. The school boasts a 6 to 1 student/faculty ratio.

Tuition at Pritzker is $57,106 and there are extensive scholarship opportunities offered by the school. Scholarships are automatically renewed for students each year so long as they remain in good standing with the school. Additionally, those who are eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program will be awarded a grant to cover up to half of their tuition.

There are seven concentration options at Pritzker including Appellate Law, Law and Social Policy, Environmental Law, International Law, Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, and Business Enterprise. The school emphasizes collaboration, teamwork, and the development of strong communication skills through a required course called Communication and Legal Reasoning. Students may also apply for a position with one of the many scholarly journals associated with the school.

Students interested in a joint degree may work toward an MBA, PhD, LLM in Taxation, or LLM in International Human Rights.

When not working on their studies, JD students can participate in over 50 student-led groups on campus. Located in one of the largest cities in the country, there are plenty of activities for everyone outside of campus as well. Students can enjoy restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, theatres, museums, and more, all within walking distance to campus.

98.5% of students are employed within ten months of graduation. Graduates from Pritzker earn an average salary of $180,743. Most graduates work in Illinois, New York, or California. 6 graduates from the class of 2021 work in business or industry, 2 work in government, 2 are employed in public interest, and 2 are employed in academia.

98.69% of students who take the bar exam, pass it within two years of graduation. 28 from the class of 2021 are employed in small law firms (250 and less) and 182 are employed in large law firms (251 or above). 249 graduates are employed in a position where bar passage is required. 9 are employed in a position where holding a JD is an advantage. Additionally, 27 students hold clerkship placements (16 at the federal level and 11 at the state, local, or territorial level).

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3 Years

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Employed 10 months post graduation:

    • First Generation Students: -
    • International students: 7%
    • Average age(years): 25
    • Minority students: 45%
    • Women: 56%
    • Veterans: -
    • LGBTQ: -
    • Graduates that passed the bar exam within 2 years: 98.69%
    • Number of graduates employed by law firms (by size) 250 and less: 28
    • Number of graduates employed by law firms (by size) 251 and above: 182
    • Median salary of graduate: -

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