Chicago-Kent College of Law

Future-Focused Legal Education

Academic excellence. Rigorous career preparation. Positive outcomes. At Chicago-Kent, these three priorities guide the way for our future-focused legal education. Our innovative curriculum and programs will prepare you to thrive in today’s work environment. You’ll be challenged in the classroom by outstanding professors and engaging coursework. You’ll build the foundation for a successful career through our extensive skills training opportunities, specialized certificate programs, and top-ranked advocacy programs. Armed with an impressive resume and support from career coaches and accomplished alumni, you’ll move forward equipped for success.

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Here are a few reasons Chicago-Kent could be the right place to launch your legal career:

  • Our pioneering legal research and writing program prepares you to hit the ground running through five required semesters of coursework.
  • We offer extensive opportunities for practical skills training. From our top-ranked trial and appellate advocacy programs to legal and judicial externships to hands-on experience in our legal clinics. You can even gain experience in the first year through our 1L Your Way Program by opting for a unique clinical rotation course that allows you to sample three different practice areas.
  • Our faculty—ranked 52nd in the nation based on scholarly impact—includes accomplished scholars who excel in teaching and are dedicated to training the next generation of lawyers.
  • Our broad curriculum supports specialized studies through 12 J.D. certificate programs — and if you’re interested in intellectual property law, our program is considered one of the best in the nation.
  • We’re one of just a few law schools in the country associated with a technology-focused university. You'll be part of a community that embraces innovation and is energized by new possibilities.

Our results are a testament to our distinctive approach to legal education.

Since our founding in 1888, our alumni of distinction have included two Illinois governors, multiple members of the U.S. Congress, and numerous legal trailblazers, including the first African American woman admitted to the Illinois bar, and the first woman and first Hispanic to serve as Cook County State's Attorney.

Our supportive alumni network currently comprises more than 14,000 law graduates in all 50 states and around the world, and more than 60,000 additional alumni of Illinois Institute of Technology.

JD Program Viewbook

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Check out our viewbook to learn more about Chicago-Kent's future-focused legal education.