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Depaul University College of Law

Juris Doctor (JD) students must complete 86 credit hours to graduate from the College of Law. As a full-time student, you are expected to complete the JD requirements in three years, or as a part-time student, in four years. Upon completion of the first-year, you may transfer between part-time and full-time status. Part-time evening students who transfer to the full-time program will need to complete some required courses in the evening of their second year. After completion of the first year, registration for both day and evening elective courses is open to all full-time and part-time students. Courses required for graduation are: Constitutional Process; Contracts; Torts; Civil Procedure; Criminal Law; Property; Legal Analysis, Research & Communication I, II and III; Legal Profession; an approved professional skills course; and an approved advanced legal writing course.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 884
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 153 - 160
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.08 - 3.57
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 92.62%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 75.0%
Tuition $43,220

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About Depaul University College of Law

Juris Doctor (JD) students must complete 86 credit hours to graduate from the College of Law. As a full-time student, you are expected to complete the JD requirements in three years, or as a part-time student, in four years. Upon completion of the first-year, you may transfer between part-time and full-time status. Part-time evening students who transfer to the full-time program will need to complete some required courses in the evening of their second year. After completion of the first year, registration for both day and evening elective courses is open to all full-time and part-time students. Courses required for graduation are: Constitutional Process; Contracts; Torts; Civil Procedure; Criminal Law; Property; Legal Analysis, Research & Communication I, II and III; Legal Profession; an approved professional skills course; and an approved advanced legal writing course.

Reviews

Located in the heart of Chicago near the major courthouses and law offices, DePaul University’s College of Law “stresses practical instruction across the board” while enabling its students to get “as much practical experience in the legal community as they can handle while still going to class.” “My corporate law, evidence, and tax classes were all centered on learning the law and applying it in future practice,” says a grateful 2L. The plethora of practical skills courses that are offered, such as Trial Advocacy and Commercial Arbitration, are also “geared entirely toward teaching students how to employ those skills when they leave the law school.” “Through the Field Placement program as well as the legal clinics, I have gained some very useful practical lawyering skills while getting school credit,” says a 3L.With only 240 students in the school’s full-time day program, the grading curve can be tough, but this also means that there are “very small classes so each student gets indi­vidual attention.” “My class only has twelve students and it’s very easy to visit office hours for help,” says a student. Nearly all of the classes here are also available in the evening. Everyone agrees that the faculty at DePaul is “incredible” and “impressive” in terms of teaching effectiveness and professional experience, with “excellent connections not just in Chicago, but even internationally as well.” “I really can’t applaud the faculty enough,” says a 3L. This “highly approachable, interesting, animated, and even really funny” group of instructors “really care about their classes and the students.”Though some people feel the law school administration is “incredibly receptive,” many are on the “very frustrated” side of the fence, feeling that there is “more of an overall student focus” rather than an outreach to individuals. Career services “seems like they always need improvement in helping students—non-law-review students—to get a job.” Given the breadth of the school’s alumni (which includes three former Chicago mayors), DePaul “definitely opens doors to almost any practice area imaginable” within Chicago, which is “one of the largest legal markets in the country.” “Try finding any firm in the greater metropolitan area that doesn’t have a DePaul Law grad,” challenges a student. Still, Catholic-affiliated DePaul remains a service-oriented school, and for many, “the desire to advocate for the country’s less fortunate is stronger than the desire to make money.”Students readily admit that DePaul’s classroom facilities are “outdated” and “definitely need to revamp,” though “some of the high-tech gadgets do the trick.” In addition, the law school is in the middle of a substantial renovation of its facilities, sched­uled to wrap up in fall 2011. The library here is more than “complete,” with full access to Westlaw and LexisNexis.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 8

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: 3

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: 287

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: 2

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies and regulations affecting the health care industry, health professions, health services and insurance industries, and patients.

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: 5

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies and regulations affecting the health care industry, health professions, health services and insurance industries, and patients.

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: 3-4 years; JD/MS in Public Service Management: 4 years; JD/MA in International Studies: 4 years; JD/MA in International & European Business Law: 4 years; JD/MS in Computer Science: 4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 115
Full-Time Faculty 50
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 2
Part-Time Faculty 63
Faculty Gender 63% Male
35% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 49% Male
51% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 68%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 2%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 8%
Ethnicity Unknown 9%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $43,220 Same as On-Campus
Housing $13,524 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $56,744 $43,220

Financial Aid

90% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$44,473 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

Depaul University College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 153 - 160
LSAT Part-Time 151 - 156
LSAT Total 153 - 160

Depaul University College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.02 - 3.58
Part-Time 3.17 - 3.51
Total 3.08 - 3.57

Admission Considerations

Also Considered: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

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

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

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 83%
First Time Pass Rate 93%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 89%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 59
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 75%
Average Starting Salary $62,975
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 83 30%
Firm Sized 11-25 27 10%
Firm Sized 26-50 11 10%
Firm Sized 51-100 4 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 3 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 5 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 6 2%
Business Industry 59 21%
Government 29 11%
Public Interest 16 6%
Federal Clerkship 1 0%
State Clerkship 7 3%
Academia 9 3%
Unknown Employer Type 2 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 68 18%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
MI 2%
CA 2%
IL 85%
International 0%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Depaul University College of Law include:

  • William Bauer - Senior Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • Carla Michelotti - Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Leo Burnett World Wide Inc.
  • Frank Clark - President, ComEd
  • Mary Dempsey - Commissioner for Chicago Public Library
  • Richard M. Daley - Former Mayor, City of Chicago

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