Executive LL.M. - Study Plan

The perfect combination of knowledge and prestige
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law


The subjects featured in the Executive LL.M. deal with every aspect of international law and business that high-impact commercial lawyers require. Beginning with the MBA module, you will understand the world from your clients’ point of view, before delving into crucial legal topics such as litigation & international ADR, contract, antitrust and Anglo-American law.

Featuring further insights into international taxation and technology alongside unrivaled hands-on experiences, the Executive LL.M. is broad in scope—yet exacting in its academic rigor.
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*Now more than ever, learning experiences must be flexible. Our innovative Liquid Learning approach allows us to build a seamless ecosystem that flows between face-to-face and online environments. This means, if you’re unable to travel to Madrid or Chicago, you can still participate virtually and gain access to a career-defining and network-enhancing educational experience. With virtual sessions, talks and networking events, you’ll be able to dive into each ecosystem regardless of where you are.

Executive LL.M.



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Executive LL.M. Syllabus

Note: This study plan may be subject to change.

Offered by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law:

Contract Law

An introduction to American Contract Law, with an emphasis on common law development.

Business Associations

This course introduces the law that governs unincorporated business associations, limited liability companies and corporations. The course begins with the law of agency, which provides the foundation for discussion of the most common business associations: partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations. Following agency, the course addresses partnerships, with particular attention to applicable fiduciary duties and the relationship among partners. After partnerships, the course briefly addresses limited liability companies. The course concludes with corporations, considering their shareholders and their boards of directors, and exploring limited liability and piercing the corporate veil, the business judgment rule, and fiduciary duties.

Introduction to Constitutional Law

This course provides a survey of US Constitutional Law with an emphasis on the structural aspects of the Constitution. Also included will be examinations of court structure, procedure, jurisdiction and federal practice.

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International Arbitration

This course is designed for students to acquire knowledge about methods and basic concepts of international arbitration. Students learn to handle the application of national and international rules of reference within international arbitration by swiftly drafting arbitration clauses and understanding how to negotiate them. They will analyze all the steps of an international arbitration process and deal with an actual international arbitration case to solve problems that could arise in their practice. Students will study the most relevant current trends in international arbitration.

Corporate Finance

In most global law firms, corporate financial operations (M&A, capital market transactions, restructuring and bankruptcy processes, project finance, etc.) are an important part of their business. Thus, a basic financial background is essential to participate in the advice and design of these operations. The law provides a legal framework to the financial system, which seeks to guarantee certain principles and objectives. It is essential to know and understand the basic principles on which financial discipline is based. This course aims to give students a comprehensive understanding of the most important concepts and frameworks in finance.

Contract Drafting

The course focuses on enabling candidates to structure and negotiate both pre-contractual and contractual agreements. Students will learn how to analyze, assess, and advise on the effect of different types of clauses and define how they can be drafted or redrafted to leverage commercial objectives and manage and minimize risk of clients in international cross border transactions. The course objective is to introduce participants to the principles of contract drafting and, particularly, to the practical world of international contracts in English.

Technology for Innovation

Technology is perhaps the most important driver of innovation and disruption – two forces that we see changing all industries, turning startups into global giants, and in some cases leaving former giants struggling to change. This course teaches about current and emerging technologies and how these might apply to innovating and solving problems in students’ chosen field. Students will be introduced to a range of relevant real-world examples of how these technologies are being used.

Offered by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law:

Professional Responsibility / Ethics (Northwestern)

This course covers the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the California Rules of Professional Conduct, relevant sections of the California Business and Professions Code, and leading federal and state case law on the subject.

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This introductory course to the area of strategic management aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of the internal and external factors that shape a firm’s ability to create value. Students will be familiarized with tools to analyze industries, firm resources, and competitive interactions, both on the individual business and the corporate level. The course objective is to instill a strategic mindset that will enable students to go beyond a simple application of tools to derive a deep understanding of firm competitive behavior to enhance their own firm’s performance in any given situation.

Financial Accounting

An introductory course teaching the concepts essential to the reporting of a company´s financial position. Students will learn to analyze operating results and cash flows to investors, creditors, and other decision makers, including how information is gathered and reported in financial statements. Upon completion of this course, students will have sufficient knowledge of the fundamental concepts, terminology, and techniques of financial accounting to analyze a corporate annual report.

Offered by Northwestern Pritzker School of Law:

Civil Procedure

This course focuses on the structure and organization of the federal and state judicial systems, jurisdiction over the person and subject matter, process and pleadings, parties, joinder of claims, pre-trial motion practice, discovery of evidence, division of functions between judge and jury, in court procedures, post-trial motions, and appellate review. The course is litigation practice oriented and uses the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as a model.

International Taxation

This course familiarizes students with the principles and underlying policies of the United States taxing system concerning: (1) income earned by United States citizens, resident aliens, and corporations from business and investment activities abroad and (2) income earned by nonresident alien individuals and foreign corporations from business and investment activities in the United States. It considers the basic international tax jurisdiction issues, the United States tax rules with respect to the sale of United States real property interests, an introduction to the foreign tax credit provisions, the foreign earned income exclusion in '911, the role of tax treaties, and an introduction to Subpart F and the other so-called "anti-deferral" mechanisms.


Most lawyers, negotiation is a major part of their professional duties. Of those matters that come into a lawyer's office, the vast majority are resolved by negotiation. Negotiation: communication for the purpose of persuasion is also a major element of everyday life. This course is designed to give students experience in negotiation, as well as a grounding in negotiation theory. The emphasis of the course is on experiential learning. Students spend most of their time participating in negotiation simulations, as well as discussing negotiation problems.

Two top-class institutions, one unique Executive LL.M.

IE Law School and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law have a long-standing and fruitful partnership lasting over 15 years. James B. Speta, Senior Associate Dean at Northwestern, talks about the benefits of this partnership and what makes our Executive LL.M program stand out from the rest.


The part-time format of the Executive LL.M. allows you to study without interrupting your career. Our Liquid Learning methodology empowers you to balance your classes and academic activities with your professional and personal life in a diverse, innovative ecosystem. The program combines intensive on-campus periods in Madrid and Chicago with online classes.

The program provides a challenging educational experience for experienced professionals and is designed to fit into their busy lifestyle. Along with individual work, small group projects facilitate interaction with like-minded peers in synchronous and asynchronous sessions. The format is designed to allow for today’s realities while preparing you for tomorrow’s challenges.

What Does "Part-Time" Mean?

How Many Hours a Week Will I Have to Invest in Studying? | IE Law School


You’ll dedicate 20 hrs a week on average to successfully complete your Master’s.

Will I Have to Travel to Madrid? | IE Law School


Yes. You’ll get to enjoy the beautiful city of Madrid for a total of 3 weeks during your studies to complete our program’s face-to-face portions.

Will I Have Residential Periods outside Madrid? | IE Law School


Yes, in this LL.M. you will spend 2,5 weeks in Chicago, United States. Check the calendar.

Will I Get to Meet my Fellow Students Before Traveling to Madrid? | IE Law School


Of course. Our program is designed so you can meet your classmates, even if it’s digitally, and start working with them right from the beginning.


In-house legal counsel and Executive LL.M. alum Renata Ribeiro discusses how the program impacted her career, allowing her to dive deeper into legal training while acquiring a more nuanced understanding of business.
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