The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois

The John Marshall Law School is a law school in Chicago, Illinois, that was founded in 1899 and accredited by the American Bar Association in 1951. The school was named for the influential nineteenth-century U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall.

The John Marshall Law School offers JD, MS and LLM programs for both part-time and full-time students, with both day and night classes available, and offers January enrollment — choices most law schools no longer offer.

John Marshall is located in Chicago's central financial and legal district, most commonly known as The Loop. It is across the street from the Dirksen Federal Building, which houses the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and about four blocks from the Daley Center, which houses the Cook County Courts. It is also next door to the Chicago Bar Association. This proximity offers John Marshall students many educational and career opportunities.

The fall 2012 entering JD class had a median GPA of 3.29 and a median LSAT of 153.

The school is ranked as #129 in 2012 and has a nationally ranked legal writing program (2nd in the nation, 2013) and an Intellectual Property Law program (12th in the nation, 2013), as well as a nationally recognized Trial Advocacy program. John Marshall also offers the nation’s only graduate program in Employee Benefits, one of the first in Information Technology and Privacy Law, and one of only two in Real Estate Law. The bar passage rate for the 2012 bar exam was 88.7% and 87.8% of John Marshall Law School graduates were employed within nine months of graduation.

At the JD level, John Marshall has day and evening divisions, with identical instruction, course content, and scholastic requirements. Lawyering Skills courses, which focus on writing, research, and oral argument, are an integral part of the core curriculum. These courses are taught in small groups, to maximize the individual attention given to each student. A student may specialize in a certain area of the law and receive a certificate, or focus more emphatically and earn a joint degree (J.D./LL.M.). The school also offers Master of Science (M.S.) programs for working professionals and other individual students. John Marshall's U.S. Legal Studies program is available only for lawyers from other countries; students enrolled in the program receive a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree.



Practical Experience:

Practical legal experience plays a vital role in education at The John Marshall Law School (needs citation). John Marshall is one of the few law schools in the nation with a training program in fair housing law and enforcement. Other clinical and externship programs include Veterans Advocacy, Intellectual Property Law, Employee Benefits Law, Tax Law, Prosecution, Defense, and municipal and state government work.

The John Marshall Law School offers eight Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs for attorneys seeking specialized education in legal issues and for current J.D. students who would like the maximum concentration in particular areas of the law. As the largest graduate law school in the Midwest, John Marshall offers a comprehensive curriculum in the following areas: Employee Benefits Law, Estate Planning, Information Technology and Privacy Law, Intellectual Property Law, International Business and Trade Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law, Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, and U.S. Legal Studies.

Programmes taught in:
  • English

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Juris Doctor

The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois

The Juris Doctor (JD) degree is conferred upon candidates who have fulfilled the following requirements: earned credit for at least 90 semester hours of law study; obtain ... [+]

Juris DoctorateGeneral JD Program Requirements:The Juris Doctor (JD) degree is conferred upon candidates who have fulfilled the following requirements:

earned credit for at least 90 semester hours of law study obtained an overall GPA of 2.25 or better earned a minimum of three clinical/externship credit hours

JD Certificate ProgramsWhile our core courses provide foundational knowledge of the law, JD candidates are encouraged to specialize their elective coursework to earn a certificate in one of the following areas:

Alternative Dispute Resolution Elder Law Health Law Intellectual Property Law International Human Rights Sustainability Trial Advocacy

Each JD certificate program has specific requirements and elective courses a student may take in order to earn the certificate.Academic AreasIn addition to JD certificates, John Marshall offers a number of elective courses in the following substantive areas of law:... [-]

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LLM

The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois

Whether you want to join a firm or strike out on your own as a sole practitioner, our joint JD/LLM degree and select cooperative degree programs offer the specialized tra ... [+]

Joint Degrees (JD/LLM)Whether you want to join a firm or strike out on your own as a sole practitioner, our joint JD/LLM degree and select cooperative degree programs offer the specialized training and enhanced marketability employers look for in today's most sought-after practice areas. Building on our practical skills-based JD program, including nationally recognized programs in Legal Writing, Trial Advocacy, and Intellectual Property Law, The John Marshall Law School offers JD candidates the opportunity to gain a master's distinction while saving time and money.Joint JD/LLM Programs at The John Marshall Law SchoolDevelop advanced expertise and practical skills in one of seven market-relevant practice areas with a joint degree from John Marshall.... [-]

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The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois

The John Marshall Law School’s Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits began offering an entirely online LLM in Estate Planning in the fall 2012 semester. ... [+]

LLM in Estate Planning - Online OnlyThe John Marshall Law School’s Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits began offering an entirely online LLM in Estate Planning in the fall 2012 semester. This new LLM program has a comprehensive curriculum designed to help students master the theoretical and practical aspects of estate planning. The program is structured to produce practice-ready graduates who will be able to begin practicing in the estate planning arena upon receiving their degrees.Program courses are developed for online delivery and taught by experts from around the country. The faculty includes both law school professors and academics and practitioners to ensure that students receive a firm theoretical foundation in the legal fundamentals, as well as a thorough understanding of how to apply what they have learned.Since the courses will be offered online, there will not be any set class meetings that must be attended. Thus, students will be able to create their own academic schedules that meet their particular needs. Additionally, online delivery will enable students to tend to their studies at work or at home and at any time of the day.The flexibility provided by online delivery allows for a diverse student body, with participants from throughout the country. This dynamic makes the online class discussions more interesting and educational as students share perspectives from their respective geographical regions.To earn the degree students must satisfactorily complete 24 credit hours, all of the required courses, and a comprehensive estate planning project assigned by the director.... [-]

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The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois

With new technologies and social practices giving rise to new intellectual property issues, leading-edge training in IP law and related practice techniques is necessary t ... [+]

LLM in Intellectual Property LawWith new technologies and social practices giving rise to new intellectual property issues, leading-edge training in IP law and related practice techniques is necessary to keep up and advance in the fast-moving, competitive world of intellectual property. Our LLM in Intellectual Property Law gives you the competitive advantage you need to excel in practice. Learn the substantive law and practical skills from some of the nation's top IP academics, judges, and practitioners.LLM in Intellectual Property Law candidates chooses The John Marshall Law School for its extensive curriculum offerings, including numerous patent law courses. The LLM program offers two-degree tracks: a patent track for candidates with technical backgrounds who wish to specialize in patent practice and a general IP track for candidates who wish to gain in-depth knowledge about the full range of IP laws and developments.Degree candidates can also earn their LLM in Intellectual Property Law online through eDegrees distance education.RequirementsLLM in Intellectual Property Law candidates must complete 24 credit hours in order to earn their degree. In addition to required courses, you will select elective courses specific to your areas of interest. Degree candidates must graduate with a GPA of 2.5 or better.Our program attracts recent law graduates and practicing attorneys who desire a better understanding of the complex and ever-changing practice of intellectual property law. To accommodate the diverse needs and experiences of degree candidates, the program may be pursued full-time and completed over two semesters or completed part-time in less than five years.... [-]

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The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois

Position yourself for a successful international legal career with our LLM in International Business and Trade Law. Optimized to provide degree candidates with a solid fo ... [+]

LLM in International Business & Trade LawPosition yourself for a successful international legal career with our LLM in International Business and Trade Law. Optimized to provide degree candidates with a solid foundation in the rules, regulations, and legal approaches underlying international business and trade law, our LLM program offers enhanced marketability by building on Chicago's legal, business, and trade resources.Our curriculum combines coursework, skills training, and research developed to meet the needs of a changing world and marketplace. Courses are taught by leading international and trade law practitioners and U.S. academics who have international practices and who know the cutting-edge issues involved in a trade, investment, and regulation.The LLM in International Business and Trade Law offers concentration certificates in two areas:... [-]

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Designed for well-qualified lawyers with law degrees from other countries, John Marshall’s LLM in U.S. Legal Studies provides foreign lawyer students with a customized co ... [+]

Now is the time to earn an LLM in U.S. Legal Studies at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Designed for well-qualified lawyers with law degrees from other countries, John Marshall’s LLM in U.S. Legal Studies provides foreign lawyer students with a customized course of study to best meet their individual career goals and professional needs.

We accept students for the fall semester, providing the opportunity to complete the LLM program in two semesters or nine months. Students may also begin in the spring semester, but will not finish until the following December. However, students who wish to take fewer credits per semester may take up to five semesters to finish the degree program. Students must successfully complete 24 credit hours to earn the LLM in U.S. Legal Studies. Students in this LLM program will typically take between 9–12 courses to earn the degree.... [-]

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