Financial Considerations

Tuition and Living Expenses

Tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year is $76,479. Enrolling in a program of study includes additional costs beyond the tuition listed here. For a full list of direct and indirect expenses associated with the cost of attendance, please visit the Law School’s Cost of Attendance page for more information.

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 2024-2025 will be available in May, 2024.

Financial Aid

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.

Malyi Scholars

Students educated in former Soviet states are eligible for consideration for funding as Malyi Scholars.  This scholarship was created from the generosity of Pavel Malyi, LLM ’95.  In addition to this scholarship, Mr. Malyi also funded the Malyi Center for the Study of Institutional and Legal Integrity.

There is no separate application for this scholarship.  All eligible candidates will be automatically considered for this funding if offered admission to the LLM.

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: