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Contact Information

Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Affairs and Professional Development

Marsha Ross-Jackson, Esq., Lecturer and Assistant Dean
565 W. Adams St., Room 807
Chicago, IL 60661
P: (312) 906-5346
F: (312) 906-5280

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Diversity at IIT Chicago-Kent

The IIT Chicago-Kent community strongly believes that diversity is essential for a healthy and robust legal profession. The law school has been committed to fostering diversity in the legal profession since its inception more than 125 years ago. The first female student was a graduate of the class of 1891, and Ida Platt, the first African-American woman admitted to the bar in Illinois and the second black woman admitted to practice law in the United States, was a graduate of the Class of 1894. In 2013, Chicago-Kent was recognized by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) for the law school's continuing commitment to diversifying the legal profession.

Today, our 799 J.D. students come from 39 states and 21 countries. Forty-seven percent of our students are women, and 28 percent are students of color. The law school attracts students with diverse backgrounds and interests, which is reflected in the approximately 40 student organizations that are active on campus each year. The Admissions Committee encourages applications from members of disadvantaged groups and encourages applications from participants in the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) program.

Chicago-Kent is committed to creating and fostering a diverse environment within the law school in order to provide the legal profession with the next generation of highly skilled lawyers from all types of gender, racial, ethnic, socio-economic, national and sexual orientation backgrounds. In pursuit of this mission, Chicago-Kent supports a wide array of initiatives involving the institution as a whole, the faculty and interested members of the student body. Some of these initiatives include:

  • support and sponsorship of legal scholarship and presentations on topics related to diversity and the law;
  • hiring of faculty with a diversity of backgrounds and views;
  • offering a variety of outstanding clinical programs that provide legal services to clients from diverse communities; and
  • funding for student organizations that support the law school's commitment to diversity and to serving students from diverse backgrounds.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity Statement

As a member of the Association of American Law Schools and in conformity with its bylaws, the faculty of Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, has adopted the following policy: Chicago-Kent College of Law provides equality of opportunity in legal education for all persons, including applicants for admission, enrolled students, and graduates, without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Please also see IIT's university-wide diversity statement.

Diversity Event Calendar

  • Feb03

    What's Next? Approaching Second Semester

    HLLSA and SBA are sponsoring a panel of students and alumni to provide tips and tricks for excelling during your second semester of law school! Lunch will be served.
  • Feb04

    APALSA-SALSA Alumni Reception

    Chicago-Kent APALSA and SALSA will be hosting an alumni reception. The event will a great opportunity to network with Chicago-Kent alumni who were involved in APALSA and/or SALSA while they were students here. Beer, wine and food will be served. Encourage your friends to attend as well! Please register online so we can get a rough head count for food and drinks!
  • Feb05

    Diversity Thursdays Series

    This week on Diversity Thursday: The Hispanic Latino Law Student Association (HLLSA) will host their Churro and Hot Chocolate Sale! This event will take place all day in the lobby!
  • Feb13


    Chicago-Kent APALSA will be hosting the semesterly inter-law school mixer at Trinity on 2721 N. Halsted St. Meet APALSA students from all of the Chicagoland law schools. Tell the bartender at the lower bar you're with APALSA to get your wristband for free drinks until 10 p.m. Feel free to bring your significant others, classmates or friends. More details are available on the Facebook event page.
  • Feb18

    WIL production of the "Vagina Monologues"

    Women in Law will be presenting the "Vagina Monologues," a show consisting of a series of monologues that are performed annually around the country as a way to raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse. Proceeds are given to a local organization that addresses these kinds of issues. (If you are interested in more info you can visit the V-Day website at