The John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School

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The John Marshall Law School, located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, sits comfortably in the city’s middle price range and offers all the benefits of the large city and a private institution. For example, John Marshall offers the most courses after the first year — with a whopping 270 options. 

“John Marshall is committed to training smart, passionate and empathetic lawyers, including through work outside of the classroom,” said Anthony Niedwiecki, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. “John Marshall has a long history of preparing our students for the practice of law while giving back to our community, and we do this through our numerous experiential, clinical, and externship programs. By requiring more practical training, our graduates are ready to practice law the moment they leave John Marshall, and we’re able to provide access to the judicial system for those in our society most in need of help.”

The school focuses on providing a well-rounded student life, and offers both night and day classes and a January enrollment.

And how’s this for an open-door policy: at John Marshall, “students can literally walk in associate and assistant deans’ offices any time,” said William Powers, associate dean for admission and students affairs. Good thing, too, as the school has the largest total enrollment in the region, at well over 1,000 students.

“We have won national awards for the quality of the activities of our Student Bar Association and involvement in ABA Law Student Division activities,” Powers added.

Inside the classroom, its trial advocacy program is nationally recognized, as is its intellectual property and legal writing programs. Most students enroll in more than one simulation course.

Students gain lifelong experience at its 10 clinical programs. The law school has a Fair Housing Clinic and a Veteran’s Clinic, both of which have received national attention. John Marshall has other Centers for Excellence such as: Employee Benefits; Real Estate; Information Technology; and International Law and Advocacy. It also participates in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Law School Clinic Certification Program, focusing both on patent and trademark practices.

All students are required to complete three credits — a minimum of 168 hours — of an externship or clinical experience before graduation, earning the school an A- for pratical training in the National Jurist.

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75th Percentile1513.37
25th Percentile1452.79
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$32,610$32,610
Living Expenses
Median grant$16000
Percent receiving grants67.10%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 82.70%
NJ Employment69.4
Bar Passage76.20%
Academic Profile
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Trial Advocacy