Trial Advocacy Program

Ranked #4 in the country by U.S. News & World Report (March 2021).

Chicago-Kent's Trial Advocacy Program has offered rigorous courtroom skills training since its founding in 1971, when advocacy courses were just beginning to be offered by law schools. It was during that year that the school invited the Honorable Warren D. Wolfson, formerly an Illinois Appellate Justice, to teach a two-hour course on Saturday mornings. That course had 18 students and taught what has now become the Trial Advocacy I curriculum. After one year, Chicago-Kent hired another instructor to teach an additional trial advocacy class.

Through the years, the course was changed to a three-hour course with a maximum of 12 students. As the popularity of the class grew, additional classes of Trial Advocacy II and Intensive Trial Advocacy were offered to Chicago-Kent students. Since 2001, the program has also offered a Litigation Technology course to equip Chicago-Kent students with the skills necessary for leveraging computer technology in the courtroom.

In addition to the trial advocacy courses, the Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Program has formed trial teams to compete in various trial advocacy competitions. Since the early 1980s, Chicago-Kent's trial teams have experienced success against other law schools at both the local and national level.

Chicago-Kent's Trial Advocacy Program blends several elements: a carefully selected and able faculty, experienced and devoted team coaches, student/teacher ratios that do not exceed 12:1, an administration that enthusiastically supports the program, and a student body that devotes itself to the time and effort necessary for substantial achievement. With these elements, Chicago-Kent is committed to keeping its trial advocacy program ranked among the best in the country.