Law (J.D.)

A national leader in legal education, Chicago-Kent offers J.D. students a wide variety of challenging courses and seminars, both theoretical and practical, geared to enhance their education and academic experience.

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At Chicago-Kent College of Law, legal innovation and academic excellence are front and center. Here students find a legal writing program that sets the standard for American law schools. Chicago-Kent has a fee-generating clinic that rivals countless law firms in Chicago, one of the nation’s largest legal markets. Our trial and appellate programs prepare students not only for success at competitions but also for excellence in the practice of law. And our technology initiatives are geared toward transforming legal practice both here and around the world. Chicago-Kent's culture is challenging and collaborative, powered by enterprising students, forward-looking faculty, and influential alumni.

Program Overview

Chicago-Kent’s exceptionally broad curriculum offers students a wide variety of challenging courses and seminars, both theoretical and practical, geared to enhance your basic doctrinal education and enrich your academic experience.

Career Opportunities

Chicago-Kent graduates can be found in a wide variety of J.D.-required, J.D.-preferred, and nontraditional jobs, including:

  • Administrative law judge
  • Attorney
  • Compliance officer
  • In-house counsel
  • Judge
  • JAG corps officer
  • General counsel
  • Law firm associate or partner
  • Law librarian
  • Legal recruiter
  • Legislator
  • Litigator
  • Mediator
  • Public defender
  • Prosecutor
  • Solo practitioner

Chicago-Kent offers both full-time and part-time divisions. Entrance, scholastic, and graduate requirements are the same for both divisions, and full-time faculty teach in both divisions. Three years are normally required for full-time day division students to complete the 87 credit hours needed for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. In addition to traditional courses, the curriculum offers a wide variety of innovative courses and seminars to enrich the student’s academic experience.

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Admission to the law school is highly competitive, with many more applicants than seats in the entering class. Students are admitted to the law school based on the information contained in their applications, their admissions test scores (LSAT or GRE), and their undergraduate records. Although the GPA and test scores are important criteria, other qualitative factors are considered. Particular emphasis is given to the nature and rigor of the undergraduate curriculum, writing ability, the personal statement, and letters of recommendation, particularly those from academic sources.

Applicants for admission to Chicago-Kent must have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to beginning classes at the law school in mid-August.