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, is the best value law school in the city. It boasts one of the highest bar pass rates in the city for first-time takers at 93 percent. It also has the third highest law employment rate, with 72.3 percent of its graduates landing a job within 10 months of graduation.

The school also has the best building in Chicago. It earned a B+ in preLaw Magazine for its 10-story facility. 

All of that bodes very well for a school that has the highest percent of students in the city receiving half- to full-scholarships — 29.2 percent.

“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 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.

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

“Our law school boasts a unique blend of traditional academic firepower and innovative skills programs,” says Dean Harold Krent. “No other school offers six clinics based on an in-house law firm experience. Our advocacy teams are repeat national champions; our legal writing program is one of the most comprehensive in the nation; and our students benefit immensely from our outstanding programs in intellectual property, labor and employment and compliance.”

Chicago-Kent manages a guaranteed 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 Percentile1583.6
25th Percentile1513.05
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$34,210$34,210
Living Expenses
Median grant$25000
Percent receiving grants88.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 94.80%
NJ Employment94.08
Bar Passage76.70%
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