Chicago-Kent College of Law

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Chicago-Kent College of Law, the law school affiliated with the Illinois Institute of Technology, is nationally recognized for the scholarship and accomplishments of its faculty and student body. It is the second oldest law school in the state of Illinois. Many of the applications of technology in the law school classroom today were pioneered at Chicago-Kent. It is also the only law school in Chicago with a 3 year legal writing program.

Chicago-Kent is located within walking distance of the Sears Tower, Union Station and some of the largest law firms in the country, as well as important governmental bodies. The School currently occupies the building at 565 W. Adams St., across the street from the newly constructed USG building. The building offers wireless network access throughout the building, along with electrical plugs in classrooms and libraries.

Kent also provides the city of Chicago with the second highest group of students who work in the city of Chicago after graduation. Students from the Chicago-Kent College of Law come from 49 states, and around the world.

Chicago-Kent teaches a standard first year law school curriculum with courses in Torts, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property and Civil Procedure. The school places a heavy emphasis on Legal Research and Writing. Kent's writing curriculum has been used as a model for other programs. The Illinois bar exam first time pass rate is 94%. Professors at Chicago-Kent were responsible for founding and developing the curriculum of BarBri, the largest and most popular bar exam review preparation course in the country.

Rankings and honors

The 2007 edition of "U.S. News & World Report"'s ranked Chicago-Kent College of Law:
*60th in the country overall (tie) , 66th in the Country, 2008
*9th Intellectual Property Programs
*10th in the country in Legal Writing (tie)

Recent Leiter’s Law School Rankings placed the law school:
*37th Based on Faculty Quality, 2003-04 (tie)
*30th Top 50 Faculties: Per Capita Productivity of Books and Articles, 2000-02

Vault's 2007 Top 25 Most Underrated Law Schools ranked the law school:
*4th Most Underrated Law School in the U.S. The Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team won the 32nd and 33rd annual National Trial Competition Championships.

Chicago-Kent maintains the Midwest's highest ranking Environmental & Energy Law program.

Degree programs

*Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program
**J.D. Certificates and Concentrations:
***Environment and Energy Law
***Intellectual Property Law
***International and Comparative Law
***Labor and Employment Law
***Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
***Public Interest Law
*Graduate L.L.M. Programs
**Financial Service Law
**International and Comparative Law
**International Intellectual Property Law
*Joint Degree Programs
**J.D./L.L.M in Taxation
**J.D./L.L.M in Financial Service Law
**J.D./M.B.A. (IIT Stuart School of Business)
**J.D./M.S. in Financial Markets (IIT Stuart School of Business)
**J.D./M.P.A (Master of Public Administration)
**J.D./M.P.H. (Master of Public Health, with UIC)
**Bachelor's/J.D (with UIC)


* 1886

Several law clerks receive tutorials in Appellate Judge Joseph M. Bailey’s chambers to prepare for the newly instituted Illinois bar examination. The evening sessions evolved into formal classes and, in 1888, the establishment of Chicago College of Law, the second law school in Illinois. Judge Bailey became the school’s first dean.


Ida Platt graduates with honors from Chicago College of Law, and soon becomes the first black woman admitted to the Illinois bar--and only the second woman of color admitted to practice law in the United States. She later helped establish the Cook County Bar Association, the nation’s oldest African-American bar association.


Appellate Judge Thomas A. Moran is named Chicago College of Law’s second dean. Judge Moran became the first dean of Chicago-Kent College of the Law in 1900, following the merger of Chicago College of Law and Kent College of Law.


Marshall D. Ewell founds Kent College of Law, named for Chancellor James B. Kent, author of the influential Commentaries on American Law. Ewell serves as the school’s first and only dean.


Chicago College of Law merges with Kent College of Law, to form Chicago-Kent College of Law. Thomas A. Moran of Chicago College of Law is named the new law school’s first dean.


The founding chapter of Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is established at Chicago-Kent. PAD, now the world’s largest law fraternity, has its roots in the charter chapters of Lambda Epsilon Fraternity at Kent College of Law and Chicago College of Law, which consolidated when the schools merged to form Chicago-Kent College of Law.


Appellate Judge Edmund W. Burke is named Chicago-Kent College of Law’s second dean.


Chicago-Kent College of Law moves to rented space in the 116 North Michigan Avenue building, where it remains for the next 12 years.


Webster H. Burke ’03 is named Chicago-Kent’s third dean.


The Chicago Kent Review begins continuous publication under the direction of Dean Webster H. Burke. Several years later, it adopted its current name, the Chicago-Kent Law Review. The publication began as the Anthenaeum Law Bulletin, one of the nation’s first law reviews.


The Student Bar Association, the law school’s student government, is organized and affiliated with the Illinois Law Student Association and the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division. Officers and student representatives are elected each year from the student body.


Webster H. Burke steps down after nearly 30 years’ service as dean of the law school. Donald Campbell ’21 is named Chicago-Kent’s fourth dean.


William F. Zacharias ’33 is named Chicago-Kent’s fifth dean.


Chicago-Kent merges with Illinois Institute of Technology, becoming one of the few U.S. law schools affiliated with a technical university.


Fred F. Herzog is named Chicago-Kent’s sixth dean. During his tenure, the Chicago-Kent Law Review begins to publish an issue focusing on the work of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Law Review continued this theme annually for nearly two decades.


Chicago-Kent faculty member Lew Collens is named Chicago-Kent’s seventh dean.


Chicago-Kent starts the nation’s first in-house, fee-generating law school clinic, in which a faculty of practicing lawyers engage students to work on real cases under the discipline of actual practice conditions.


Chicago-Kent pioneers the three-year legal research and writing program, which is now emulated at law schools across the nation.


Chicago-Kent establishes the Graduate Program in Taxation and the Graduate Program in Financial Services Law, the first LL.M. program in financial services law in the United States.


Chicago-Kent establishes the Center for Law and Computers, becoming the nation’s first law school to make the computer an integral part of the study of law. Many of the applications of technology now taken for granted in the law school classroom were pioneered at Chicago-Kent.


The Library of International Relations, one of the nation’s most extensiverepositories of international documents, announces its affiliation with IIT and its relocation to Chicago-Kent.


Richard A. Matasar, a federal jurisprudence scholar, is named Chicago-Kent’s eighth dean.


The Library of International Relations dedicates its new facility in Chicago-Kent’s new building at 565 West Adams Street.


Henry H. Perritt, Jr., an expert in information technology law, is named Chicago-Kent’s ninth dean.


Chicago-Kent launches the Global Law and Policy Initiative, which spearheads programs designed to promote a better understanding of the evolving global environment and to strengthen democratic institutions worldwide.


Chicago-Kent is awarded the 2002 Diversity Award by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity for the law school's continuing commitment to diversifying the legal profession.


Chicago-Kent alums head the National Lawyers Association, National Hispanic Prosecutors Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Cook County Bar Association, Illinois Judges Association, and Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago.


Chicago-Kent establishes the country’s first LL.M. program in international intellectual property law. The one-year program offers international and domestic lawyers an extensive education in all aspects of contemporary intellectual property practice.


Harold J. Krent, an expert in administrative law, is named Chicago-Kent’s tenth dean after serving as associate dean for five years and interim dean for one year.

Notable alumni

* Thomas P. Appleton, Illinois Appellate Judge of 4th District
* Anne Burke, Illinois Supreme Court Justice
* Thomas E. Callum, Illinois Appellate Judge of 2nd District
* Frank J. Corr, Acting mayor of Chicago, March 15, 1933 – April 8, 1933
* William L. Dawson (attended), U.S. Congressman
* Harris W. Fawell, U.S. Congressman
* Margaret O'Mara Frossard, Illinois Appellate Judge of 1st District
* Michael J. Gallagher, Illinois Appellate Judge of 1st District
* M. G. Gordon, Businessman, inventor, and social theorist
* Robert J. Gorman, attorney
* Randy Hultgren, member of the Illinois Senate
* Barbara Gilleran Johnson, Illinois Appellate Judge of 2nd District
* Charles P. Kindregan, Jr., legal author, professor, expert on modern family law
* Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, 1925. Appointed to Federal Court for the Northern District of Illinois by President John F. Kennedy, 1963.
* Richard B. Ogilvie, 1949. Illinois Governor, 1969-1973.
* Ida Platt, 1894. First black woman admitted to the Illinois bar, second black woman admitted to bar in the United States.
* Peter Roskam, 1989. Republican U.S. Representative for Illinois's 6th Congressional District.
* Ilana Kara Diamond Rovner, 1966. First woman appointed to the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, by President Bush, 1992.
* Bob Schillerstrom, DuPage County Board Chairman
* Arthur Wilhelmi, member of the Illinois Senate
* Bruce Wolf, sports journalist


* Chicago-Kent Law Review
* Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal
* Illinois Public Employee Relations Report
* Journal of Intellectual Property
* Seventh Circuit Review
* The Journal of International and Comparative Law


Official resources
* [ Chicago-Kent College of Law]
* [ Chicago-Kent History] and [ Dateline]
* [ Chicago-Kent Applicant Portal] and [ Virtual Tour]
* [ Chicago-Kent Student Portal]
* [ Seventh Circuit Review]


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