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Chicago-kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of the Illinois Institute of Technology. The second oldest law school in Illinois, Chicago-Kent has a history marked by innovation and excellence. Chicago-Kent is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and the Order of the Coif.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 899
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 154 - 161
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.09 - 3.62
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 97.21%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 82.99%
Tuition $42,030

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Overview

About Chicago-kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago-Kent College of Law is the law school of the Illinois Institute of Technology. The second oldest law school in Illinois, Chicago-Kent has a history marked by innovation and excellence. Chicago-Kent is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and the Order of the Coif.

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If you’re looking to “feel both challenged and encouraged to learn” rather than “beaten down by the stereotypical combination of sadistic professors and hyper-competitive classmates,” then you might want to try the Chicago-Kent College of Law, which works to create a scholarly community under the auspices of a science and engineering heavy­weight. Placed “just high enough in the rankings to attract talented students who aren’t arrogant, but not too high so that the professors are attracted for research rather than teaching,” the school makes it clear up front that the experience “will be competitive,” while also stressing “how important it is to not dwell on grades and rank even though they’re important.” Known for its “intense” and “well-recognized” legal writing program (one of the few three-year programs in the country), students at Chicago-Kent must endure “several hellish weeks each semester” so they can say, “The memo [I] did in the first three weeks of school is the equivalent of another school’s 1L final project.” “Every attorney I’ve worked with in the past three years has commented on the strength of my legal writing skills,” boasts one third-year student. Other tough aspects of the school’s curriculum include its grading curve, though a more lenient curve has been adopted beginning in fall 2013. Many also cite the Intellectual Property Program and the variety of in-house clinics (in which students work with actual clients for credit) as strengths.As one would expect judging from its parent institution, Chicago-Kent’s “top-notch” classrooms are “enabled with the best educational technology,” including myriad outlets, and the entire campus is blanketed with wireless Internet (some even claim the technology “outranks” the institute itself). The comprehensive library provides plenty of study space, and is run by a “knowledgeable” staff that is “willing to assist you with any issues.” Chicago-Kent’s location in the West Loop “is crucial to practical experience” and “maximizes chances for great externships,” though summer jobs “aren’t all that easy to come by with the competition of Northwestern, University of Chicago, U of I, and Michigan so close by.” Despite a large contingent of part-time faculty in the upper-level courses, professors at Chicago-Kent are “passionately engaged in the subject matter” and “totally committed to the students as well as to their research.” They “work hard to encourage you and sup­port you outside of the classroom” and are particularly good at “treating the students as adults and expecting them to perform at a higher level,” according to a first-year student. Though they’re not without complaints, most here say that the administration is “very accommodating [of] students’ needs” and “are always quick to reply to questions.” The general opinion of the Career Services Office is one of mild discontent, and a large num­ber of students wish the school could “expand its ability to place students in the legal workplace nationwide” having noticed that most of the “prestigious” law firms only hire the top 10 percent of Chicago-Kent students. “For some reason, I say we are associated with IIT, and people outside of the legal community think I am going to truck driving school,” complains a 3L. Chicago-Kent has implemented a career services policy that matches each student to a specific career counselor to address some of these issues. After three years at Chicago-Kent, one student can safely say, “Students are happy, teachers want to teach, and learning is fun, yet also difficult.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 285

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.

Graduates Last Year: 11

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law and process related to the regulation of businesses and the financial services industry. Includes instruction in corporate law, antitrust law, securities law and regulation, negotiation, incorporation, partnerships, trusts, and related topics

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.

Graduates Last Year: 1

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

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.

Graduates Last Year: 15

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations related to copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and related issues. Includes instruction in patent law, copyright law, trademark law, intellectual property licensing and litigation, and applications such as art and entertainment law, communications law, information technology law, sports law, and chemical and biotech patent 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.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 4

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

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.

Graduates Last Year: 72

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

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.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, 3.5 to 5 years; JD/LL.M., 4 to 5 years; JD/MS in Finance, 4 to 5 years; JD/MPA, 3.5 to 5 years; JD/MS in Environmental Management & Sustainability, 3.5 to 5 years; JD/Master of Public Health, 3.5 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Labor
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 159
Full-Time Faculty 64
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 3
Part-Time Faculty 92
Faculty Gender 71% Male
28% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 52% Male
48% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 60%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 1%
International 3%
Hispanic/Latino 11%
Ethnicity Unknown 13%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 7%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $42,030 Same as On-Campus
Housing $14,463 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $56,493 $42,030

Financial Aid

92% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$45,541 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 25

Incoming Class

Chicago-kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 155 - 161
LSAT Part-Time 149 - 155
LSAT Total 154 - 161

Chicago-kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.06 - 3.62
Part-Time 3.15 - 3.63
Total 3.09 - 3.62

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 95%
First Time Pass Rate 97%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 89%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 83%
Average Starting Salary $60,900
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 76 32%
Firm Sized 11-25 15 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 12 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 11 5%
Firm Sized 101-250 11 5%
Firm Sized 251-500 7 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 14 6%
Business Industry 47 20%
Government 15 6%
Public Interest 6 3%
Federal Clerkship 1 0%
State Clerkship 6 3%
Academia 5 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 7 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 25 9%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
MI 1%
DC 1%
IL 87%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Chicago-kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology include:

  • Ann M. Cresce - General Counsel Hong Kong Mercantile Exchange
  • Anita Alvarez - Cook County State's Attorney
  • Thomas Demetrio - Partner, Corboy & Demetrio
  • The Honorable Anne Burke - Illinois Supreme Court
  • The Honorable Ilana Diamond Rovner - U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

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