Inside the Honors Scholars Program
Learn about the Honors Scholars Program at Chicago-Kent from current students as they discuss their unique experiences in the program with Dean Harold Krent. The Honors Scholars Program provides full-tuition scholarships for extraordinarily talented and motivated students with the potential to influence the direction of the legal profession.
What Is the Honors Scholars Program?
Dean Harold Krent explains the Honors Scholars Program at Chicago-Kent, which provides full-tuition scholarships for extraordinarily talented and motivated students with the potential to influence the direction of the legal profession. Learn More
Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America - Prof. James Forman Jr.
Professor James Forman Jr. of Yale Law School discussed the topics in his book "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America" (Farrar Straus and Giroux 2017), named one of the 10 best books of 2017 by the New York Times, at Chicago-Kent on January 17, 2018. Critics of America's criminal justice system have assailed the rise of mass incarceration, emphasizing its disproportionate impact on people of color. In this book, Professor Forman points out the war on crime that began in the 1970s was supported by many African-American leaders in the nation’s urban centers, and he seeks to understand why.
What's Up with the Law and ... Baseball?
Professor Christopher Schmidt, a legal historian, talks about how litigation between a player (St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Curt Flood) and Major League Baseball over a trade ultimately resulted in players organizing to form a very strong union that led eventually to a better bargaining position with the league. Learn more about Professor Schmidt and his work.
What's Up with the Law and ... the Gig Economy?
Professor Henry H. Perritt, Jr., explains that labor and employment laws need to change to accommodate the modern gig economy because U.S. employment laws were designed around the factory model, which doesn't apply well to gig economy jobs where the workers are entrepreneurs. Learn more about Professor Perritt and his work.
What's Up with the Law and . . . Twins?
Distinguished Professor Lori Andrews, director of Illinois Tech's Institute for Science, Law and Technology , discusses some intriguing legal issues that can arise with twins in criminal law. Learn more about Professor Andrews and her work .
A Conversation with Justice Elena Kagan, Oct. 16, 2017
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan spoke before a packed audience of Chicago-Kent students, faculty and alumni, and other members of Chicago's legal community, on October 16, 2017. Professor Carolyn Shapiro , director of Chicago-Kent's Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States , interviewed Justice Kagan about her experiences on the court, how she and the other justices select cases, and what it was like to be the junior justice for seven years. Find out more about Justice Kagan's visit .
Student Perspectives on International Advocacy Competition
The Chicago-Kent appellate advocacy team of Maxwell Eichenberger '17 (right) and Jeffrey Michalik '17 talk about their experiences preparing for and competing in the final rounds of the inaugural Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot in Sydney, Australia. Chicago-Kent was one of only eight teams--and the only team from a U.S. law school--selected to compete in the international finals March 15 to 17, 2017, at the University of Sydney Law School. The team made it to the semifinals, placing them among the top four worldwide. Find out more...
Legal Writing at Chicago-Kent
Chicago-Kent's pioneering, three-year Legal Research and Writing Program, founded in 1978, has been emulated at law schools across the country. At Chicago-Kent, first-year legal writing classes are taught by full-time faculty members who offer one-on-one feedback, and students get practical experience writing legal documents and using the technological tools that lawyers rely on in their careers. Watch Professor Kari Aamot Johnson and Professor Douglas Godfrey discuss how the first-year legal writing curriculum at Chicago-Kent prepares students to become successful attorneys. Visit www.kentlaw.iit.edu/legal-writing for more information about Chicago-Kent's Legal Research and Writing Program.
Perspectives on Trial Advocacy
Chicago-Kent's Trial Advocacy Program is consistently ranked as one of the best in the country. Not only do our students excel in local and national trial advocacy competitions, but they also learn how to be effective and principled advocates for their clients. Classes are taught by experienced full-time and adjunct faculty, including many alumni who return to mentor and coach current students. Listen to program director and longtime coach Judge David Erickson, associate director Ana Montelongo '16, and competitor Bryce Hensley '17 share their thoughts on what makes trial advocacy at Chicago-Kent such a valuable experience. To learn more about...
Student Perspectives on Clinic
Chicago-Kent has one of the largest clinical programs of any law school in the country and serves more than a 1,000 clients a year. Students work on fee-for-service cases in a wide variety of clinical practice areas -- criminal law, employment law, entrepreneurial law, environmental law, family law, intellectual property law, mediation, open government/government watchdog law (Center for Open Government), vaccine injury litigation, and tax law -- under the supervision of experienced clinical faculty. Listen to law students Catherine Larson '17 (Entrepreneurial Law Clinic), Dalia Labrador '17 (Criminal Defense Litigation Clinic), and Stephanie Langley '17 (Plaintiff's Employment Law Clinic) discuss...
Solo & Small Practice Incubator
Listen to some current and past participants in Chicago-Kent College of Law's Solo & Small Practice Incubator (SSPI) relate their experiences in the program. SSPI is a one-year post-graduate program designed to offer a select group of entrepreneurial-minded, recent Chicago-Kent graduates with valuable experience and ongoing training to help build their professional careers as solo or small-firm legal practitioners. The program is intended to accelerate the successful development of newly admitted lawyers in an "incubator" environment. For more information, visit www.kentlaw.iit.edu/sspi .