Chicago-Kent College of Law

Chicago-Kent College of Law

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Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, located just west of downtown Chicago but still within the loop, earned recognition as one of nation's top schools for Legal Technology, according to a recent preLaw analysis of that growing field of study.

And if that's your passion, you can study at a school that also has the best building in Chicago. It earned a B+ in preLaw magazine for its 10-story facility. 

“Chicago-Kent offers numerous opportunities for its students to develop the skills required for legal practice,” said Nicole Vilches, assistant dean for admissions. “All students are required to complete five semesters of legal research and writing, and employers frequently comment on the outstanding writing skills of our graduates.”

Chicago-Kent was also the first law school to institute a three-year legal research and writing requirement, create a fee-generating law school clinic and also incorporate computer technology into legal education.

“Our law school continues to be a leader in legal technology and innovation, while still providing students with the foundational skills they need to be successful lawyers,” said Chicago-Kent Dean Harold J. Krent. “The former business models for the delivery of legal services is rapidly changing. From teaching predictive analytics, machine learning and process improvement skills in our Law Lab to experiential learning opportunities in our eight clinics, we are equipping students to be nimble in this new environment.”

While it has long been recognized as one of the most technologically advanced schools in the nation, it shines in other areas too. It was ranked 45th overall for public interest law by preLaw magazine. The institution is also well known for trial advocacy and intellectual property law. The school won the National Trial Competition three times in the past decade.

Chicago-Kent also manages a summer externship program that provides a legal externship position for all interested full-time students after their first year of law school. Aside from its J.D. certificate programs, the school’s new Praxis Certificate Program is designed for students interested in fully embracing a practice-based course of study through 24 credits of experiential coursework and training in both the skills and the art of legal practice.


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75th Percentile1593.64
25th Percentile1513.12
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time35,97035,970
Living Expenses
Median grant$30000
Percent receiving grants93.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 86.60%
NJ Employment76.2
Bar Passage72.64%
Academic Profile
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Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Entertainment Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy