Tuition and Living Expenses
Tuition for the 2019-2020 academic year is $66,651. A reasonable budget for a single student, including tuition and living expenses, for the 2019-2020 academic year is approximately $94,600. The living expenses budget includes $4,566 for the University required health insurance which students can waive if they can provide comparable coverage with their own health insurance. Cities in the United States vary as to how expensive they are to live in; this budget takes into account the cost of living in Chicago. Tuition and budget figures for 2020-2021 will be available in April, 2020.
Financial aid for students in the LLM program is limited. Grants are available only in a small portion of the total cost. In a typical LLM class, about 30% of the students will receive scholarship grants based on merit from the Law School and the average grant is between $15,000 and $20,000. LLM applicants requiring financial aid should make every effort to obtain assistance from their governments, families, employers, or other outside sources.
All admitted applicants will be automatically considered for merit scholarships based upon the materials submitted in their application. No additional application is necessary to be considered. However, in some cases the Graduate Programs Committee may ask individual candidates to supply additional information on a case by case basis.
An Investment Worth Making
As for the question of whether the experience is worth it, it is best for you to hear directly from four of our LLM graduates who attended the annual Law School Reunion in May, 2017: