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Rankings, Awards & Bar Pass Rates

Current Rankings

6th in Trial Advocacy — U.S. News & World Report (March 2014)

10th in Intellectual Property — U.S. News & World Report (March 2014)

72nd Overall Rank — U.S. News & World Report (March 2014)

Among top 10 law schools teaching technology as it applies to law practice — ABA Journal (July 2014)

Best Value private law school — National Jurist (October 2013; preLaw magazine Back to School 2014 issue)

Faculty ranks 52nd in the nation based on scholarly impact — Sisk et al. (2012)

Bar Passage Rate

2013
93 percent of IIT Chicago-Kent graduates who took the bar exam in July 2013 for the first time received passing scores, exceeding the state pass rate for first-time test takers by four points. The law school's pass rate was the fourth highest in Illinois and the third highest among the Chicago law schools. Read more in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

2012
95 percent of IIT Chicago-Kent graduates who took the bar exam in July 2012 for the first time received passing scores, exceeding the state pass rate for first-time test takers by six points. The law school's pass rate was the third highest in Illinois and the second highest among the Chicago law schools. Read more in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

2011
97 percent of IIT Chicago-Kent graduates who took the bar exam in July 2011 for the first time received passing scores, exceeding the pass rates of graduates from Illinois' eight other law schools and besting the state pass rate for first-time takers by seven points. Read more in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Employment

According to a report by Law School Transparency, Chicago-Kent placed third among the city of Chicago law schools for the number of 2012 graduates who secured full-time, long-term jobs requiring bar passage within nine months of graduation. Read more in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Detailed employment outcomes for Chicago-Kent graduates are reported by the Career Services Office.

Trial Advocacy & Moot Court Awards

2011
Ryan Nolte, Best Oral Advocate, National Trial Competition

2010
First place, National Institute for Trial Advocacy's Tournament of Champions
Joseph Carlasare '12, Best Oral Advocate Award

2009
First place, National Moot Court Competition

2008
First place, National Trial Competition
Joshua Jones '08, Best Oral Advocate Award

First place, National Moot Court Competition
Rachel Moran '08, Best Oral Advocate Award

2007
First place, National Trial Competition
Keya Rajput '07, Best Oral Advocate Award

1988
First place, National Trial Competition
Peter Roskam '89, Best Oral Advocate Award

Midwest regional tournament, National Trial Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent has won the Midwest regional championship 23 times in the past 30 years.

Appellate Lawyers Association's Moot Court Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent has won the Appellate Lawyers Association's Moot Court Competition five times in the last six years.

Midwest regional tournament, National Moot Court Competition
IIT Chicago-Kent has advanced out of the regional tournament to the national finals six times in the last seven years.

Recent Faculty Honors

Professor Sungjoon Cho was selected by the Korea-EU Trade Commission to become one of 15 members of the Arbitration Panel Roster under Chapter 14 of the Korea-European Union Free Trade Agreement.

Professor Edward Kraus was appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines. The nine-member commission is charged with advising the secretary on issues related to the implementation of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

Professor Martin Malin was reappointed by President Barack Obama in 2014 to the Federal Service Impasse Panel, which intervenes when an agency of the federal government and a union representing that agency's employees are unable to reach agreement on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement. Professor Malin was first appointed in 2009.

Professor Christopher Schmidt won the 2014 Association of American Law Schools' Scholarly Papers Competition for his paper "Divided by Law: The Sit-Ins and the Role of the Courts in the Civil Rights Movement." The competition encourages and recognizes excellent legal scholarship by junior law school faculty members.

Professor Carolyn Shapiro was appointed Illinois Solicitor General by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. In her new role, Professor Shapiro oversees more than 40 attorneys who work in the Attorney General's Appellate Division and serves as a legal adviser to Madigan. Professor Shapiro succeeds Michael Scodro, who was also appointed from the Chicago-Kent faculty.

Professor Joan Steinman won the 2011-12 Eisenberg Prize from the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers for her paper Appellate Courts as First Responders. Professor Steinman, whose Georgia Law Review article Irregulars: The Appellate Rights of Persons Who Are Not Full-Fledged Parties was similarly honored in 2005, is the first scholar to win two Eisenberg prizes.

Keith Ann Stiverson, director of the IIT Chicago-Kent Law Library, was elected vice president/president of the American Association of Law Libaries. She'll serve a one-year term as vice president beginning in July 2014 before starting her term as president in July 2015.

Nine members of the IIT Chicago-Kent faculty are members of the American Law Institute, an independent organization that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law.