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Personal Injury Law

Every day, thousands of people suffer injuries to their bodies, minds, property, financial interests, reputations or other personal interests.  Corporations and governmental entities suffer injuries to their property and financial interests.  These injuries may arise from the intentional, negligent or accidental acts of others, including fraudulent conduct; traffic collisions; workplace incidents; malfunctions of products; mistreatment by medical, dental or legal professionals; or exposure to harmful chemicals. Alternatively, these injuries may result through acts of nature or a victim's own carelessness.

When these or other injuries are allegedly caused by the wrongful acts of others, the victims may seek compensation for their injuries through litigation.  When injuries arise out of their employment, the injured parties may seek compensation through an administrative procedure, such as workers' compensation.  Increasingly, alternatives to lawsuits, such as arbitration or mediation, may be used to determine whether the injured party will receive compensation.

Lawyers who specialize in liability for personal injuries work in a wide variety of settings, including solo practice; small, medium or large law firms; and the law departments of corporations, government agencies, and liability insurance companies. These attorneys must possess or be able to research and master knowledge of aspects of many areas of law—including torts, insurance, agency, evidence, state and federal civil procedure, conflict of laws, trial practice, administrative law, workers' compensation, remedies, commercial law, health law, and many others.  They also must be adept at important lawyering skills, including interviewing and counseling clients, discovering facts by means such as taking depositions or preparing interrogatories, writing briefs and orally arguing before trial and appellate courts, and conducting trials before juries and judges.

IIT Chicago-Kent offers many courses primarily concerned with the law related to personal injuries.  In addition, the law school offers many other courses and seminars that contain segments relevant to lawyers representing clients (plaintiffs and defendants) in injury-related matters.


  • Advanced Torts
  • Agency Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Civil Procedure I and II
  • Civil RICO and High-Profile Lawyering
  • Comparative Tort Law
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Commercial Law (Survey) (for material on Warranties)
  • Computer and Network Privacy and Security: Ethical, Legal and Technical Considerations
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law: Equal Protection and Due Process
  • Constitutional Torts Sec. 1983
  • Construction Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Employment Relationships
  • Entertainment Law
  • Evidence
  • First Amendment
  • Health Care Law
  • Insurance
  • Juries, Judges and Trials
  • Law and Food
  • Law, Economics and Justice
  • Law of Privacy
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mental Health Law
  • Police Misconduct Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Remedies
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Workers' Compensation


Seminars and Skills Courses

  • Advanced Evidence
  • Clinical Program—Employment and General Litigation
  • Clinical Program—Mediation and Other ADR Procedures
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Judicial Externships
  • Lawyer as Investigator
  • Mediation
  • Negotiations
  • Trial Advocacy I and II


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