Institutes & Centers
Cultivating Unique Academic Communities
IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law is home to several institutes and centers with missions that range from conducting scholarly and practical research on legal and social issues to providing topical programming for the legal community to developing public interest initiatives. Students who become involved in these activities, many of which involve cross-disciplinary projects, learn to appreciate and adapt to major social and global influences that can change the legal profession and its practice.
Learn more about each of these institutes and centers:
- Center for Access to Justice & Technology — created to make justice more accessible to the public by promoting the use of the Internet in the teaching and practice of law.
- Center for Empirical Studies of Intellectual Property — promotes the application of quantitative and qualitative social science methods to studying important questions about innovation and creativity. It is the first academic center of its kind at an American law school.
- Center for Information, Society and Policy — promotes interdisciplinary research into privacy and information security issues raised by developing information technologies.
- Center for Open Government — works to ensure transparency, accountability and responsibility in state and local government by pro bono representation of clients who challenge closed-govenrment proceedings.
- IIT Center for Diabetes Research and Policy — combines the research strengths of Illinois Institute of Technology's department of biomedical engineering with the legal expertise of IIT Chicago-Kent faculty to promote diabetes research and policy development and to facilitate pro bono legal representation of clients with diabetes and diabetes-related illnesses who are denied access to medical treatments or who face discrimination in schools or employment.
- Institute for Compliance — promotes careers in financial compliance, prepares students for such careers, advances knowledge about the importance of compliance, and offers events for Chicago's compliance and legal community.
- Institute for Law and the Humanities — facilitates, supports and encourages symposiums, lectures, scholarship and faculty discussion on the relationship between law and other humanistic disciplines.
- Institute for Law and the Workplace — a national center for research, training, dialogue and reflection on the law that governs the workplace.
- Institute for Science, Law and Technology — a joint venture of the academic units of IIT designed to meet the growing need for science- and law-trained professionals capable of addressing the complex issues that arise in a global, technologically driven marketplace of ideas, product standards, and conflicts.
- Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States — merges the expertise of the IIT Chicago-Kent community of scholars who study the U.S. Supreme Court and its jurisprudence and the Internet-based Oyez Project, a multimedia archive and clearinghouse of information about the Court.
- Justice John Paul Stevens Jury Center — a website that serves as a clearinghouse for information about the jury to academics, students, judges, lawyers and members of the press and public.