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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

  • Mar02
  • Mar02

    "Breaking Through The Glass Ceiling: How Female Attorneys Can Prosper” with Attorney Lyndsay Markley

    Please join The Society of Women In Law for “Breaking Through The Glass Ceiling: How Female Attorneys Can Prosper” featuring Chicago-Kent alumna and personal injury/wrongful death trial attorney Lyndsay Markley. Come learn about gender-based inequalities in the legal field and how we can work for change. In addition, learn some tips and strategies to jumpstart your legal career! Light refreshments will be served.
  • Mar02

    Diversity Week Kick-off Reception

    Join the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Chicago-Kent student body for a kick-off reception in honor of Diversity Week 2015. Network with students and alumni, and celebrate Chicago-Kent's unique legacy of diversity and inclusion. This event is complimentary for Chicago-Kent students, faculty, staff, alumni and their guests. Beer, wine and heavy appetizers will be served. RSVP online.
  • Mar04

    Diversity Job Fairs: The 411

    Join the C-K Lambdas and the Career Services Office at our Diversity Week event, "Diversity Job Fairs: The 411." Learn about the many diversity job fairs available to Chicago-Kent students; get application, résumé and interview tips from a partner at Littler Mendelson; and listen to students who have participated in diversity job fairs. Snacks and drinks will be provided.
  • Mar05

    "Fresh Off the Boat" Showing

    Join APALSA to watch the first two episodes of “Fresh Off the Boat,” the first prime-time television sitcom featuring an Asian American family in two decades. Food will be provided. “Fresh Off the Boat” follows the course of Eddie Huang's Taiwanese family as they make their way from Washington, D.C., to Orlando, Florida, to open up a steak restaurant during the mid- to late 1990s. The mother struggles with culture clash of having to move from D.C. to Orlando, the father embraces the "American Dream," and Eddie and his brothers struggle with assimilating into school.