John Marshall Law School (Chicago)

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The John Marshall Law School
Established 1899
School type Private
Dean Dean John E. Corkery
Location Chicago, Illinois, USA
Enrollment 1,907 (1,546 Full-Time, 361 Part-Time) numbers are approximate
Faculty 103
USNWR ranking RNP bar pass rate = 89%.[1]

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 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.

The fall 2012 entering class had a median GPA of 3.29 and a median LSAT of 153.[2]

According to John Marshall's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 48.9% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[3]

Post-graduation Employment and Background

According to John Marshall's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 48.9% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[4] John Marshall's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 26.7%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[5]

According to the law professor blog, The Faculty Lounge, based on 2012 data submitted by law schools to the American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 42.3% of graduates obtained full-time, long term positions requiring bar admission (i.e., jobs as lawyers), nine months after graduation, ranking 166th out of 197 law schools.[6]

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.[7]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at John Marshall for the 2014-2015 academic year is $73,992.[8] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $276,859.[9]

Among the 2012 graduates, 87% incurred law school debt, at an average rate of $142,587, causing the U.S. News & World Report to rank John Marshall Law School at #11 in its list of law schools that lead to the most debt.[10]


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 and law students from other countries, and students enrolled in the program can receive a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree.

The John Marshall Law School

Clinics, externships, and special programs

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.

Interscholastic Competitions

In 2007, the school’s Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Team of Daniel Padernacht and Curtis Vosti placed Second in the Nation in the American Bar Association National Negotiation Competition.[11] This competition involved 220 teams from law schools around the country.[11] The John Marshall team of Padernacht and Vosti then went on to represent the United States in the 2007 International Negotiation Competition for Law Students in Singapore[11] where they placed Sixth in the World.[12] The team was coached by Dawn Bode, Kenneth Kandaras and Susann Maclachlan.

In 2007, in the ABA Dispute Resolution Mediation and the CBA Mediation competitions, John Marshall placed second and fourth.

In 2007, The John Marshall Moot Court teams won Second Place Brief at the Illinois Appellate Lawyers Competition, First Place in the Frederick Douglass (Black Law Student Association) Competition Nationals, Second Place in the Hispanic National Bar Association Competition, Second Place (Petitioner's Brief) at the John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Competition, and competed in the Semifinals of the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition (hosted by NAPABA), winning Third Best Brief in the nation against eighty teams.

In 2008, The John Marshall Moot Court program took first place in the Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court competition. The school also took second place at the Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition and at the 21st Annual August A. Rendigs, Jr. National Products Liability Moot Court Competition.


The Louis L. Biro Law Library occupies the 6th - 10th floors of the law school's State Street building. A team of over 20 professional librarians and staff members work to serve the students during the 96 hours/week that the library is open. The library holds over 410,000 volumes and microform equivalents and provides on-campus and remote access to over 4,000 titles via their specialty electronic databases. It is continually adding more online subscriptions to its growing collection of electronic resources, including Lexis, Westlaw, CALI Lessons, BNA Premier, IICLE SmartBooks, Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law Online, Justis International Law Reports, Courtroom View Network, which contains audio versions of law school casebooks and streaming trial videos, and Mango languages, an easy to follow system for learning over 20 different languages.

Students have wireless access throughout the law school and the library offers seating for 750, including twelve group study rooms. In addition to supporting the research & instructional needs of the students, faculty & staff of the law school, the library is also open to law school alumni and members of the Chicago Bar Association, whose headquarters building is next door.

Student activities

There are five honors programs: The John Marshall Law Review, The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law ("RIPL"), the Journal of Computer and Information Law, the Moot Court Honors Program, and the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Program.[13] John Marshall sends teams to more than 30 moot court and mock trial competitions annually.

The student community at The John Marshall Law School includes more than 50 student organizations engaging in social awareness, community service, legal discussions, and social activities.

Notable alumni and faculty




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