FUTURE-FOCUSED LEGAL EDUCATION CHICAGO-KENT COLLEGE OF LAW AT ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
“Located in the heart of one of the world’s best cities, Chicago-Kent attracts some amazing students. They are highly motivated, creative and ready to tackle an ever-changing world.” —Professor Daniel Martin Katz
The future requires
an innovative mindset. The legal profession is changing as rapidly as other sectors of society. Global interconnections, highly mobile populations, technology advances, regulatory changes, and shifting demographics are transforming the practice of law and its delivery. These trends provide great opportunities for new lawyers, but only if they are prepared to succeed in this ever-evolving world. At Chicago-Kent College of Law, we have a long history of understanding where the profession is going and leading the way forward through an innovative, rigorous and experiential legal education. You’ll study and work with one of the most influential groups of legal scholars in the country. You’ll graduate with deep legal knowledge, relevant experience, and job-ready practical skills that will make you attractive to employers in Chicago, around the country and the world. To get the most value out of law school, choose a school renowned for producing forward-thinking legal professionals. Chicago-Kent College of Law.
the way for you. Chicago-Kent is known as a trailblazer in legal education for the types of programs we’ve developed that have served as models for numerous other institutions. We invite you to consider Chicago-Kent for your legal education. Here you can take advantage of our innovative and experience-based programs to launch your legal career and make your own impact on the world.
Some of these programs include: Legal Writing and Advocacy Programs Chicago-Kent was the first law school in the United States with a three-year legal writing requirement. You will learn to research, analyze, write, and advocate, using the most advanced technological tools available to modern lawyers. In our award-winning Trial and Appellate Advocacy programs, you’ll learn how to write compelling briefs, present persuasive oral arguments, and refine your courtroom skills. C-K Law Group Since the early 1980s, our in-house legal clinic has been a pioneer in clinical legal education. It is also one of the nation’s largest with 18 full-time in-house practicing attorneys and four adjunct attorneys. These attorneys rank at the top of their fields in criminal defense, tax, employment law, civil litigation and more. The C-K Law Group gives you opportunities to gain real-world experience at a private law firm by working on sophisticated litigation and transactional matters. 1L Your Way This program provides you with a head start on understanding the connections between theory and practice during your first year of law school. This optional track lets you choose either an approved, upper-division elective course in an area of specialized interest to you or a unique clinical
rotation in the C-K Law Group. You can also get a jumpstart on your law school studies by taking Criminal Law through the optional early summer start. Praxis Certificate Program This specialized curriculum was created to meet the requests of employers seeking law school graduates with a high level of real-world skills. Among other topics, you’ll explore issues of law practice management and learn how to build and market your own legal portfolio. Praxis received the Illinois State Bar Association’s first Excellence in Legal Education Award in 2015. Externship Programs You can gain valuable real-world experience through our Judicial, Legal, and Semester Law Firm Associate externship programs. Because of Chicago-Kent’s deep connections with the legal community in Chicago, we are able to offer a variety of externship programs that allow students to work not only in the chambers of federal and state judges but also in the law offices of federal, state and municipal legal offices like the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Internal Revenue Service, and various county prosecutors and public defenders, among others. We also offer a limited number of externships with select law firms and corporations.
DID YOU KNOW? Chicago-Kent is an advocacy powerhouse and one of the few law schools with Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy programs ranked among the top 10 in the country. We also have the distinction of being the first law school to win both the National Trial Competition and the National Moot Court Competition in the same year. In 2016–17, our students placed as the top U.S. team or as national or regional finalists in nine competitions, including the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, the Georgetown White Collar Crime Invitational, the Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot, the National Moot Court Competition, and the National Trial Competition.
“The Chicago-Kent legal clinic with Professor Richard Kling was instrumental in helping me land my dream job as a criminal defense attorney. Not only did it afford me the opportunity to learn and practice in real courtrooms, but the clinic also helped me make the networking connections that are critical to landing employment.” —Tracey Harkins ’16
Learn from a
trailblazing faculty. Our renowned faculty is comprised of people who are both gifted teachers and leading legal scholars, many of whom are shaping American and international jurisprudence today. You will be challenged by the rigorous and distinctive curriculum, which will give you an outstanding foundation for whatever legal path you pursue after graduation. Our faculty is also dedicated to providing personal attention and guidance as you learn to think critically, understand change, and identify future opportunities in the legal profession.
Recent faculty honors: Lori B. Andrews University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Law, and Director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, a peer-review publication that names leading lawyers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia plus more than 60 additional countries. Bernadette Atuahene Professor of Law Received a major grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Social and Economic Sciences for a research project on the relationship between property rights and dignity. Felice Batlan Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Cross-Disciplinary Initiatives, Director of the Institute for Compliance, and Co-Director of the Institute for Law and the Humanities Won the Law and Society Association’s annual J. Willard Hurst Prize for her book Women and Justice for the Poor: A History of Legal Aid, 1863–1945 (Cambridge University Press 2015). Awarded annually, the prestigious Hurst Prize honors
the best work in socio-legal history published in the past year. David J. Gerber University Distinguished Professor, Professor of Law, and Co-Director of the Program in International and Comparative Law Won a 2016 Antitrust Writing Award for Global Competition Law Convergence: Potential Roles for Economics, in Comparative Law and Economics. Professor Gerber also was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from The University of Zurich in Switzerland in recognition of his “path-breaking contributions to comparative law and economic law.” Daniel Martin Katz Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Law Lab Named among the 2013 Fastcase 50, an award which “recognizes 50
of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” He was also named to the American Bar Association Journal’s 2013 Class of “Legal Rebels,” a prestigious group of change leaders in the legal profession. Martin H. Malin Professor of Law and CoDirector of the Institute for Law and the Workplace Awarded the 2016 Arvid Anderson Public Sector Labor and Employment Attorney of the Year Award at the 10th annual conference of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Section in Chicago. The award recognizes an attorney whose career has substantially contributed to the development of public sector labor law.
Do you know the Illinois Institute of Technology?
If not, chances are you’ve experienced some of the innovations for which our faculty and alumni are known. Like the cell phone, invented by Illinois Tech alumnus Marty Cooper, or modern buildings as defined by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, former head of the architecture department and considered the master of modern architecture. Chicago-Kent is one of the few law schools in the country associated with a technology-focused university. You will learn within a community that embraces innovation and is energized by new possibilities.
Discover focused pathways
into the profession.
Chicago-Kent is always looking ahead at opportunities for professional and personal growth for our students. As the legal profession transforms, we are creating a range of different pathways to prepare our students to meet the changing needs of the profession and clients. You can focus your studies through one of our certificate programs that is grounded in demands of the marketplace. This specialized training is under the direction of leading faculty, scholars, and practitioners.
You can choose to specialize in: Business and Corporate Law Prepare to practice corporate law through a broad range of business courses, a specialized writing course, and businessrelated experience. You will also have the opportunity to receive hands-on experience through the Entrepreneurial Clinic in the C-K Law Group. Criminal Litigation Prepare for a career in criminal law as either a prosecutor or defense counsel. You’ll take classes in both substantive areas and practical skills development— including evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure, trial advocacy, criminal clinic and externships. Environmental and Energy Law Explore environmental and energy policy initiatives, the legislation that was enacted to effectuate these policies, and the practical implementation of this legislation. You’ll acquire an understanding of the legal context in which environmental decisions are made in light of contemporary political, scientific and economic realities. You’ll also gain the ability to apply legal requirements to regulated facilities, sites and activities and to communicate as an effective environmental advocate.
Financial Markets Compliance Develop substantive knowledge of financial markets compliance through one of the first programs of its kind at an American law school. You’ll benefit from a rich curriculum in financial markets regulation, including classes in securities, commodities and banking regulation, along with a capstone compliance course. Intellectual Property Law Focus on issues relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and design protection, both in the United States and abroad. You can choose from more than 40 IP-related courses taught by six full-time faculty members and prominent attorneys from the IP community. International and Comparative Law Study international business and trade, international and comparative law, international human rights and specialized areas related to international and crossborder legal issues. You can also take advantage of international exchange programs and summer internships in countries such as Thailand and China. Labor and Employment Law Receive theoretical education and skills training in the law
governing the workplace, and benefit from experiential learning opportunities that offer interaction with leading academics and prominent legal practitioners. Through the Institute for Law and the Workplace, you’ll have access to a national center for research, training, dialogue, and reflection on the law that governs the workplace as well as mentorships, journal editorial board opportunities, conferences and special scholarships. Legal Innovation + Technology Learn methodologies for applying technology and quantitative analysis to the delivery of legal services. Explore how technological advancements and more efficient business processes are shaping the practice of law. Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Examine the connection between legal doctrine, skills and values, and the art of lawyering to become a reflective practitioner who incorporates high standards of competence, ethics, and social responsibility. Public Interest Law Develop knowledge and experience related to public interest law through individualized curriculum
DID YOU KNOW? Chicago-Kent’s top-ranked Intellectual Property Law Program is one of the strongest in the country: Through the 1L You Way program for full-time students, you can begin taking IP electives in the first year. In your upper-level years, you can gain practical experience by volunteering at the pro bono Patent Hub, participating in the IP-Patent clinic and taking advantage of externship opportunities throughout Chicago’s robust IP firms and practices. Broaden your knowledge even further by participating in the student-run Intellectual Property Law Society, our nationally-recognized IP moot court teams, the annual Supreme Court Intellectual Property Review conference, the Chicago Intellectual Property Colloquium (hosted by Chicago-Kent), national IP writing competitions, and the student-run Journal of Intellectual Property.
and career planning as well as a course focused on the actual practice of public interest law in a wide range of settings. ChicagoKent also supports a number of public interest resources and activities, including the Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) and the Center for Access to Justice and Technology. Workplace Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Become well-versed in the highly complementary areas of litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and labor and employment law.
“Students at Chicago-Kent have the skills to challenge and change the world while still in law school. They’ve drafted bills that were enacted about childhood illnesses, family law, and social media privacy, represented people who were evicted, fired or charged with a crime, published articles, created new technologies for access to justice, and won national competitions.” —Professor Lori Andrews
Immerse yourself in
Chicago’s vibrant legal co
One thing you’ll notice when you step foot into Chicago Kent: There’s a dynamic feel and energy to the law school that derives in large part from our proximity to Chicago’s fast-paced legal community.
volunteered to assist with activities ranging from coaching trial advocacy teams to mock interviewing to hosting networking dinners to participating in our annual Alumni-Student Connections Week.
We’re located in one of the nation’s top legal markets, where you have uncommon opportunities to apply what you learn to real-world legal problems, whether you’re clerking for a judge or holding an externship at a leading law firm, government agency, business or public interest organization.
And our Career Services Office provides individual career counseling and career planning advice to make sure you are aware of all of the career opportunities that Chicago provides.
You’ll also benefit from the individual coaching of our strong alumni network. Last year, 675 alumni
Whatever your passions or ambitions, the Chicago-Kent community can connect you to the right externships, networking opportunities, and alumni connections.
“As a future labor/employment lawyer, the resources available to me through the Institute for Law and the Workplace presentations and the courses in the Labor and Employment Law Certificate Program have been incredible. I’ve been able to meet with, work for and learn from a wide variety of labor and employment practitioners because of these programs.” —Naomi Frisch ’18
QUICK FACTS 8 9% employed within ten months of graduation (Class of 2016) 1 14 externship placements in 2016–17 190 law clinic placements in 2016-17
Connect with a
worldwide alumni network. Chicago-Kent’s worldwide alumni network is more than 14,000 strong wiith alumni in all 50 states and more than 50 countries. They work at prestigious law firms, hold political office, work in businesses, government agencies and public interest organizations, and hold judicial and academic positions throughout Chicago, the Midwest, and across the country. And, our graduates join more than 60,000 additional Illinois Tech alumni throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Notable Chicago-Kent alumni include: Lee D. Augsburger, Class of 1987 Senior Vice President and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Prudential Financial, Inc., overseeing global compliance and ethics Marc J. Bern, Class of 1975 Nationally recognized plaintiff’s attorney who represented 9/11 first responders Anne M. Burke, Class of 1983 Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court Billy Dec, Class of 1999 Emmy Award-winning TV personality and the CEO and founder of Rockit Ranch Productions Eileen Flaherty, Class of 1983 Former Global Head of Compliance for the world’s largest futures brokerage firm and Director of the Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission Michael P. Galvin, Class of 1978 Leading private equity fund manager and former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce Anna Barbara Hantz Marconi, Class of 1992 Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court Randy Hultgren, Class of 1993 U.S. Representative, 14th District of Illinois Mark F. Kemper, Class of 1986 General Counsel of the Americas for UBS Global Asset Management Jessica Kimbrough, Class of 2004 Managing Director, Labor Relations & Legal Strategy at United Airlines
Marc Korman, Class of 1989 Partner and agent at William Morris Endeavor Eric M. Lasry, Class of 1991 Partner in the Paris office of Baker & McKenzie Lester H. McKeever, Jr., Class of 1971 Former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Richard Nessary, Class of 1995 Deputy General Counsel of Facebook Steven Odre, Class of 1977 Leading patent attorney and retired general counsel of Amgen Kwame Raoul, Class of 1993 Illinois State Senator Jorge Ramirez, Class of 1997 President of the Chicago Federation of Labor Peter Roskam, Class of 1989 U.S. Representative, 6th District of Illinois Ilana Diamond Rovner, Class of 1966 Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit John W. Watson, Class of 1988 Leading environmental attorney at Baker & McKenzie Pamela Woldow, Class of 1984 Named by the ABA as a “Legal Rebel” for leading innovations in law practice
In July 2017, Chicago-Kent hosted more than 300 alumni and friends at “25 at 565,” an event honoring the 25th anniversary of the law school’s location at 565 West Adams.
Join an ambitious
and diverse class.
Chicago-Kent students are motivated and entrepreneurial, with fascinating life stories. We are looking for students, like you, who lead interesting livesâ€”and who want to make a meaningful difference wherever they practice law. Your peers might have studied economics, engineering, political science, psychologyâ€” or even French and cooking. They may tell you about the time they worked for Teach for America, played bass guitar in a band in college, or volunteered on a foreign service project.
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In July 2017, 80 percent of Chicago-Kent graduates who took the Illinois bar exam for the first time received passing scores, marking the 15th year in a row that our graduates have achieved a first-time pass rate at or above the statewide pass rate on the July Illinois bar exam.
Installed in the front lobby in 2006, Iustitiam Servaverunt—which means “in the service of justice”—honors Chicago-Kent’s 250+ alumni judges.
“Chicago-Kent has a professional feel. Students treat it like they’re going to work every day rather than just sitting through classes. At the same time, there’s a casual, social atmosphere. I like the personal aspect of the community, but also the professional and competitive academic environment.” —Miles Kelson, ’18
CHICAGO-KENT COLLEGE OF LAW AT ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
A future-focused law school for our rapidly changing world.
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At Chicago-Kent College of Law, we have a long history of understanding where the legal profession is going and leading the way forward thro...
Published on Dec 1, 2017
At Chicago-Kent College of Law, we have a long history of understanding where the legal profession is going and leading the way forward thro...