John Marshall Law School (Chicago)
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|The John Marshall Law School|
|Dean||Dean John E. Corkery|
|Location||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Enrollment||1,907 (1,546 Full-Time, 361 Part-Time) numbers are approximate|
RNPbar pass rate = 89%.
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.
The John Marshall Law School in Chicago is an independent law school located just outside of Chicago’s legal, financial, and commercial districts. The Dirksen Federal Court House is located across the street and the nation’s largest circuit court — Cook County — is very close, as are many other government offices. This proximity offers John Marshall students many educational and career opportunities.
The school is ranked as #129 in 2012 and has a nationally ranked legal writing program (2nd in 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 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. 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.
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.
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.
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. This competition involved 220 teams from law schools around the country. 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 where they placed Sixth in the World. 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 eight 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.
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. 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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- William M. Daley - Former White House Chief Of Staff under President Barack Obama. Served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 1997 to 2000.
- Joe Birkett - DuPage County State’s Attorney and former Republican nominee for Illinois Lieutenant Governor.
- Timothy C. Evans - Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
- Michael Hastings - Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 19th District since 2013.
- Michael Noland - Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 22nd District since 2007.
- Ira Silverstein - Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, representing the 8th District since 1999.
- Adamantios Androutsopoulos - Lawyer, professor, and the Prime Minister of Greece from 1973 to 1974.
- Femi Gbaja Biamila - Nigerian Lawyer, Action Congress politician, and Minority Whip of the House of Representatives of Nigeria.
- Otto Bock - Former Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court
- Archibald Carey, Jr. - Judge, Chicago alderman and pastor of Quinn Chapel AME Church.
- John W. Cox, Jr. - Member of the United States House of Representatives from the 16th District of Illinois from 1991 to 1993.
- Thomas W. Ewing - Former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives and the Illinois State House of Representatives.
- Thomas R. Fitzgerald - Former Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.
- Charles E. Freeman - First African-American justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.
- Stuart Glickman - CEO of Carsey-Werner_Productions and a prominent entertainment lawyer.
- Blanche M. Manning - United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
- Howard Thomas Markey - First Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and former Dean of The John Marshall Law School.
- Adrian Neritani - Former Permanent Representative of Albania to the United Nations.
- Roman Pucinski - U.S. Representative from 1959 to 1973, and alderman from the 41st Ward of Chicago from 1973 to 1991.
- Alexander J. Resa - U.S. Representative from Illinois from 1945 to 1947.
- Edith S. Sampson - First Black U.S. delegate appointed to the United Nations.
- John Smietanka - Prosecutor for Berrien County, Michigan from 1974 to 1981, and a United States Attorney in Western Michigan, appointed by Ronald Reagan, from 1981 until 1994.
- Joe Vosicky - Democratic nominee for Illinois District 46 State Representative in 2004.
- Donald W. Banner - United States Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks 1978 - 1979.
- John W. Darrah - United States federal judge.
- Elmer Gertz - lawyer, writer and civil rights activist, best known as the plaintiff in Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc.
- Fred F. Herzog - former Dean and the only Jewish Judge to serve in Austria between the world wars
- Arthur J. Goldberg - taught at The John Marshall Law School in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s before becoming a U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice and then the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
- Anthony Niedwiecki - former Vice Mayor of Oakland Park, FL and President of The Association of Legal Writing Directors
- Ann Claire Williams - United States Circuit Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
- Crimmins, J: "Illinois grads fared well in July bar exam", Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 153(213)
- "Fast Facts", John Marshall Law School
- Which law school graduates have the most debt? U.S. News & World Report, 2013
- Lemoine, Kristi."Regent University School of Law Takes Negotiation Competition Prize", American Bar Association Student Lawyer, September 2007., Vol. 36., Retrieved on 2008-12-19.
- In the Loop."John Marshall Team Takes 6th Place, Named Most Effective Team at International Meet", July 22, 2007. Retrieved on 2008-12-19.
- Thomas Bruno, Elmer Gertz Award, Human Rights, vol. 40, no. 1, at 7 (Newsletter of the Illinois State Bar Association Section on Human Rights).