Chicago-Kent College of Law

Chicago-Kent College of Law, the law school of Illinois Institute of Technology, is nationally recognized the second oldest law school in the state of Illinois, Chicago-Kent has a history marked by innovation and excellence.

Chicago-Kent was gained accreditation by the American Bar Association in 1936 and membership in the Association of American Law Schools in 1951. Within its first twenty-five years, Chicago-Kent had already established itself as one of the most innovative law schools.

In January 1992, Chicago-Kent moved into a new ten-story, state-of-the-art building located at 565 West Adams Street in downtown Chicago. The building is equipped with the latest technology and includes a five-story library, a complete courtroom that seats one hundred people, and significant additional space for classroom and student activities.

Chicago-Kent's growth has been spurred by a number of factors: an innovative and dedicated faculty, constantly upgraded facilities, and an outstanding student body. Chicago-Kent's law library, one of the largest among law schools in the nation, provides resources that enhance the educational process.

Chicago-Kent is nationally recognized for offering the most comprehensive research and writing program of any law school in the country.

In addition, its extensive clinical and trial advocacy programs help to sharpen students' practice skills. The law offices of Chicago-Kent which supervises the clinical program is the first fee-generating law firm to operate as part of an American law school.

The Programs in Business Law, Criminal Litigation, Environmental and Energy Law, International and Comparative Law, Intellectual Property Law, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Labor and Employment Law, Public Interest Law, and the Center for Law and Computers underscore Chicago-Kent's commitment to curricular innovation to better prepare lawyers for the demands of practice in a complex society.

All of these programs contribute to the essential task of the law school, which is to teach its students to think like lawyers. Faculty members continually pursue this fundamental goal, whether by exploring the theoretical justification for a rule of law in traditional Socratic fashion or by helping a student fashion a complaint on behalf of a client in the Law Offices of Chicago-Kent. The faculty distinguishes itself in legal scholarship in areas ranging from international business to environmental law.

From the initial gathering of law students in judges' chambers, Chicago-Kent has grown to a current enrollment of over 1,000 students, a large full-time faculty and an adjunct faculty made up of practicing attorneys and members of the judiciary.