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The John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School's JD certificate programs offer JD candidates the opportunity to develop further competitive distinction at the JD level. All certificates are designed to serve the candidate as a guide for selecting electives in specific areas of study, and to develop the courtroom-ready skills that employers seek in career applicants.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1466
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 148 - 154
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.88 - 3.39
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 83.33%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 77.54%
Tuition $39,884

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About The John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School's JD certificate programs offer JD candidates the opportunity to develop further competitive distinction at the JD level. All certificates are designed to serve the candidate as a guide for selecting electives in specific areas of study, and to develop the courtroom-ready skills that employers seek in career applicants.

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The John Marshall Law School is an independent bastion of legal education that offers day and evening programs as well as both fall and spring admission. John Marshall is pretty large as far as law schools go and it “places a huge emphasis on real-world prac­tice.” Students report that they are “ready to hit the ground running even as clerks and interns.” The “unparalleled” writing program “creates students who can file complaints and briefs immediately, with little or no additional training.” The trial advocacy program is “outstanding” as well. “When you graduate from John Marshall, you are ready to work in a courtroom,” a 2L says. John Marshall also offers specialized programs and joint JD/LLM programs in a host of areas including employee benefits, information technol­ogy and privacy law, international business and trade law, real estate law, intellectual property law, and tax law. “Students are encouraged to find a specific field of interest and are given every opportunity to become experts” in that field.“The school’s faculty is comprised mostly of professors who have accumulated years of experience,” a 2L explains. “Their experiences and knowledge give a true and practical look at the actual practice of law.” Students boast that John Marshall’s “accessible” faculty is comprised of “the best professors, judges, and lawyers in Chicago.” It’s also worth noting that the hardcore, old-school Socratic Method is very much alive and well at John Marshall. A few professors are “very hard to comprehend” and “not good teachers,” though. Opinion concerning the administration is split. One faction of stu­dents calls management “extremely helpful.” “There seems to be a genuine interest in the needs of the students,” they say. Other students aren’t so happy. “The deans never get anything done,” a 3L says. About 10 percent of each graduating class is able to obtain the really plum jobs at big firms. Most students tell us they are satisfied with their career prospects. “The connec­tions that John Marshall has to the Chicago area are incredible,” a 1L says. “It is very easy to connect with other John Marshall alumni, who are very willing to meet with and help you.” A 3L adds, “John Marshall has done everything possible to put its graduates in a position of getting a job.” Some students aren’t as pleased, though. “I have had little help from the staff at the Career Services office,” a 2L gripes. “Every time I have asked for assistance, they have merely told me where to look. I really could have figured that out for myself.”John Marshall is located in the middle of Chicago’s South Loop “in the heart of the legal community” and “close to all the action.” The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit are across the street. The Chicago Bar Association is “right next door.” As for the actual law school facilities, “The buildings are old Chicago architectural mainstays,” and “They’ve got charm.” John Marshal’s student lounge received an award winning renovation and expansion in 2011 to increase the available study space on campus. Students also com­plain that John Marshall is generally “overcrowded.” “Elevators are hard to come by,” and “It’s slightly hard to get around.”

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 445

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA; JD/MPA; JD/MA; JD/LL.M.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 221
Full-Time Faculty 76
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 136
Faculty Gender 65% Male
33% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 16 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 54% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 67%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 0%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Ethnicity Unknown 8%
Black or African American 8%
Asian 7%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $39,884 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $39,884 $39,884

Financial Aid

89% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$20,500 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 23

Incoming Class

The John Marshall Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 149 - 155
LSAT Part-Time 147 - 153
LSAT Total 148 - 154

The John Marshall Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.91 - 3.39
Part-Time 2.79 - 3.45
Total 2.88 - 3.39

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Recommendations, State Residency, Interview, Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 90%
First Time Pass Rate 83%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 89%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 78%
Average Starting Salary $53,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 85 26%
Firm Sized 11-25 26 8%
Firm Sized 26-50 14 8%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 6 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 4 1%
Business Industry 70 22%
Government 62 19%
Public Interest 13 4%
Federal Clerkship 9 3%
State Clerkship 3 1%
Academia 12 4%
Unknown Employer Type 2 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 9 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 69 17%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
FL 1%
AL 1%
IL 85%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of The John Marshall Law School include:

  • Joyce Tucker - VP of Global Diversity & Employee Rights, Boeing
  • Hon. Timothy Evans - Chief Judge Cook County Circuit Court
  • Leo Melamed - Chair Emeritus Chicago Mercantile Exc. and Globex
  • Bill Daley - former White House Chief of Staff
  • Mark Pedowitz - President of The CW Network

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