Education for the higher educated

Executive LL.M. (IE-Northwestern University)

IE Business School

  • Description
  • Overview

Today's international lawyers increasingly demand knowledge and skills in three main areas relevant to their corporate clients: US law and practice based on the Anglo-American common law (and increasingly present in European and international practice); the law and policy of the European Union; and the principal aspects of business administration necessary to understand and meet the needs of these clients.

The curriculum of the Executive LLM Program has been specifically designed to address these needs, with the practicing lawyer in mind.

Courses offered in the Traditional Executive Program are listed below.

Students who choose the Residential Option in Chicago may choose their Spring Semester classes from among a wide variety of LLM and JD courses offered to residential students at Northwestern University School of Law.

The typical candidate for the Executive LLM program is a lawyer trained in the civil law, practicing in an environment which requires knowledge of the Anglo-American legal system and its application in transnational practice.

Experience suggests that lawyers with at least three years of professional experience will benefit the most from this program, keeping in mind that each candidate's experience is evaluated in function of the system of legal education and practice in his or her country. An applicant without a first degree in law may be admitted as a candidate for the Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree on proof of substantial work experience dealing with legal or regulatory matters.

The following documents must be submitted as part of the application process:

  • The Application for Admission Form, which must include the signed certification statement at the end.
  • A non-refundable € 120 application fee, paid according to the instructions on the application form.
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Photocopy of passport or national ID card
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate, and law schools attended
  • Curriculum vitae with dates and lengths of employment
  • Official letter of sponsorship (Students sponsored by corporations or other organizations should have their personnel department or other related department provide the necessary letter of dispatch)
  • Candidates wishing to submit TOEFL scores as additional evidence of English proficiency should request that they be reported directly by ETS to Instituto de Empresa (University Code: 0707).

Application Forms and supporting documents must be submitted in English. Transcripts and other documents originally issued in another language must be accompanied by an English translation.

The Executive LLM program operates a rolling admissions process, and therefore there is no fixed deadline to apply for admission on a particular intake. Candidates are advised to apply as early as possible, given the limited number of places in this program.


Students who choose the Traditional Executive Program will earn their LLM degree upon completion of a program which combines traditional classroom instruction with cutting-edge technology for on-line education. This combination allows participants to complete the program without extensive time away from their professional careers,

A pre-program gives students the basics of Anglo-American common law, as well as familiarity with the on-line courseware platform to be used throughout the program.

In the on-campus portion of the Traditional Executive Program, participants will meet for three sessions of approximately two weeks each. The Opening Ceremony and first session will take place in Madrid, on the campus of IE Law School, in late September. Participants will return to Madrid in late November for the second on-campus session.

Finally, in the first part of May, the third session and Graduation Ceremony will be held in Chicago, on the campus of Northwestern University School of Law.

In between these on-campus sessions, students will continue their education via on-line coursework, which promotes the creation of a virtual learning community among faculty and students located at great distances from each other. During these periods, participants can expect to spend some 15-20 hours per week in computer-based coursework, including both on-line and off-line tasks.

For participants able to spend more time away from their jobs, the Executive LLM with Residential Option in Chicago combines the advantages of the Traditional Program with the opportunity for in-depth study at Northwestern Law during the spring semester.

In the first semester, the program follows the same schedule as the Traditional Program, starting with the pre-program, the two on-campus sessions at IE in Madrid and the intervening period of on-line instruction.

In early January, participants travel to Chicago, where they will remain until mid-May. During this time they may choose from among a broad range of law courses offered as part of Northwestern Law's residential LLM and JD courses, with opportunities to experience first-hand the realities of law study at a top US law school.

On completion of the spring semester at Northwestern, Residential Option students will rejoin their colleagues from the Traditional Executive Program for the Northwestern University all-campus graduation ceremony in May.

Executive LLM students participate in Northwestern's all-campus graduation ceremony held in Chicago along with graduating students from all other Northwestern Law programs, as well as family members and friends from around the world.

In keeping with US academic tradition, Executive LLM students wear caps and gowns in Northwestern University's purple color, and receive the academic hood signifying completion of their graduate degrees in the field of law. Faculty members from both institutions hood the new graduates during the ceremony. In addition to their LLM degree, students receive IE's Certificate in Business Administration.

Level University
Form Part-time
Incompany No
Open enrolment No
Costs (indication) More than € 4,550
Titles No title
Required language skills English
Country Spain
Completion Diploma