Leading in Law School Innovation

At Chicago-Kent, we like to say we’re 130 years young.
Ahead of the times. Focused on the future.

Leading in law school innovation concept imageWith our founding in 1888, we were one of the first law schools to open its doors to women. To students of color. To members of the working class.

Later, our legal writing curriculum set the standard for American law schools. Our law and technology programs transformed legal education, pioneering the use of computers in teaching, legal research and public interest. Our fee-generating clinic, the first of its kind, became a market force and a teaching tool beyond our highest expectations.

Today, we remain on the leading edge of curricular innovation. Here are just a few ways we’re preparing fledgling lawyers for what lies ahead.

Jump-Starting Your Legal Education

1L Your Way

In the optional 1L Your Way program, students begin specialized coursework during their first year or participate along with upper level students as members of a clinic section in Chicago-Kent’s fee-generating legal clinic.

Redefining Core Competencies

Praxis Certificate Program

Our award-winning Praxis J.D. certificate program emphasizes the real-world competencies required of today’s successful lawyer, including modern communications and law practice management skills.

Transforming Delivery of Legal Services through Technology

Innovation and Technology Certificate Program

Powered by research at Chicago-Kent’s Law Lab, our J.D. Certificate Program in Innovation and Technology emphasizes core competencies in quantitative methods and emerging technologies —predictive analytics, machine learning, process improvement and more — to make the delivery of legal services better and more efficient.

Developing Software Tools for the Public Interest

Access to Justice (A2J)

Students in our Justice & Technology Practicum course develop document assembly tools using Chicago-Kent’s cloud-based A2J Author software, the heart of an acclaimed program designed to break down complex legal information for self-represented litigants.

  • A2j Author awards include:

Maximizing Intellectual Property Value

Online Certificate in Intellectual Asset Management

As intellectual property and intangible assets prove increasingly important in driving economic growth, our Online Certificate in Intellectual Asset Management teaches students the theoretical, strategic and tactical skills necessary for capturing the value of intellectual property to enhance business revenue.