The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
The John Marshall Law School is a law school in Chicago, Illinois, that was founded in 1899 and accredited by the American Bar Association in 1951. The school was named for the influential nineteenth-century U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall.
The John Marshall Law School offers JD, MS and LLM programs for both part-time and full-time students, with both day and night classes available, and offers January enrollment — choices most law schools no longer offer.
John Marshall is located in Chicago's central financial and legal district, most commonly known as The Loop. It is across the street from the Dirksen Federal Building, which houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and about four blocks from the Daley Center, which houses the Cook County Courts. It is also next door to the Chicago Bar Association. This proximity offers John Marshall students many educational and career opportunities.
The fall 2012 entering JD class had a median GPA of 3.29 and a median LSAT of 153.
The school is ranked as #129 in 2012 and has a nationally ranked legal writing program (2nd in the nation, 2013) and an Intellectual Property Law program (12th in the nation, 2013), as well as a nationally recognized Trial Advocacy program. John Marshall also offers the nation’s only graduate program in Employee Benefits, one of the first in Information Technology and Privacy Law, and one of only two in Real Estate Law. The bar passage rate for the 2012 bar exam was 88.7% and 87.8% of John Marshall Law School graduates were employed within nine months of graduation.
At the JD level, John Marshall has day and evening divisions, with identical instruction, course content, and scholastic requirements. Lawyering Skills courses, which focus on writing, research, and oral argument, are an integral part of the core curriculum. These courses are taught in small groups, to maximize the individual attention given to each student. A student may specialize in a certain area of the law and receive a certificate, or focus more emphatically and earn a joint degree (J.D./LL.M.). The school also offers Master of Science (M.S.) programs for working professionals and other individual students. John Marshall's U.S. Legal Studies program is available only for lawyers from other countries; students enrolled in the program receive a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree.
Practical legal experience plays a vital role in education at The John Marshall Law School (needs citation). John Marshall is one of the few law schools in the nation with a training program in fair housing law and enforcement. Other clinical and externship programs include Veterans Advocacy, Intellectual Property Law, Employee Benefits Law, Tax Law, Prosecution, Defense, and municipal and state government work.
The John Marshall Law School offers eight Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs for attorneys seeking specialized education in legal issues and for current J.D. students who would like the maximum concentration in particular areas of the law. As the largest graduate law school in the Midwest, John Marshall offers a comprehensive curriculum in the following areas: Employee Benefits Law, Estate Planning, Information Technology and Privacy Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Business and Trade Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law, Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, and U.S. Legal Studies.