The Library

You can never be too far ahead of the game when it comes to completing your research for legal writing assignments. The Library is where you will do the bulk of your research, but the Library also provides options for students who want to conduct research off-campus. Most of the Library's electronic databases and journals can be accessed from home (/node/121), and any student with a current Chicago-Kent ID may use the collections of the 65 other Illinois libraries that participate in the I-Share program (

To find these resources, you can check the Library's catalog for the material's location and status ( If the book you want is available and circulates, you may check out the book at the circulation desk with your current Chicago-Kent ID.

The Record

The law school publishes an online weekly newsletter, The Record, which is available through the law school's website at The publication of information in The Record is considered to be official notice to all students and is updated every Monday during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer. You will be unable to state that you were not aware of an important announcement or deadline if it was available in The Record. Reading The Record is also a good way to learn what is going on in the law school community. Law school departments, such as Career Services, the Information Center, faculty, and numerous student organizations, publish important information in The Record each week concerning upcoming events, notable achievements, and helpful information for law students.

Bulletin Boards and Monitors

Class cancellations are posted on the bulletin boards on the 1st floor to the left of the stairs, and on the 2nd floor outside of the Registrar's Office. You may also find administrative information and announcements pertaining to law school activities on these boards.

Local Courts

Going to the local courts is a great way to see the legal skills and rules you're learning put to real use. All of the local courts allow public observation, although some cases may be closed.

  • Cook County Circuit Court, Civil Division - Richard J. Daley Center (at the intersection of Washington and Dearborn), 6th Floor, (312) 603-5116
  • Cook County Circuit Court, Criminal Division - 2650 South California Ave., (773) 869-3140
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois - Dirksen Building, 219 South Dearborn, (312) 435-5670
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit - Dirksen Building, 219 South Dearborn, (312) 435-5850