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Chicago-Kent College of Law

Chicago-Kent College of Law
Established 1888
School type Private
Dean Harold J. Krent
Location Chicago, Illinois, USA
Enrollment 944 (780 Full-Time, 164 Part-Time)[1]
Faculty 74 Full-Time[2]
USNWR ranking 72[3]
Bar pass rate 97%.[4]
Website Chicago-Kent College of Law

Chicago-Kent College of Law, is a law school affiliated with Illinois Institute of Technology. It is the second oldest law school in the state of Illinois, and one of two law schools in the United States with a three-year legal writing program, the other being the University of Minnesota Law School. According to Chicago-Kent's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 54.3% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[5]


  • Rankings and honors 1
  • Degree programs 2
  • Institutes and Centers 3
  • History 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • Employment 6
  • Costs 7
  • Publications 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Rankings and honors

The 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked UChicago-Kent College of Law:

  1. 61st Nationally
  2. 10th Intellectual Property Law
  3. 10th Legal Writing
  4. 11th Part-time Law
  5. 3rd Trial Advocacy
  6. 3rd highest rank in Chicago Area

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.

Members of the Chicago-Kent Moot Court Honor Society won the 58th and 59th annual National Moot Court Competitions.

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

Degree programs

Institutes and Centers

  • Center for Access to Justice & Technology
  • Center for Information, Society, and Policy
  • Center for Open Government
  • Global Law and Policy Initiative
  • IIT Center for Diabetes Research and Policy
  • Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future
  • Institute for Law and the Humanities
  • Institute for Law and the Workplace
  • Institute for Science, Law and Technology
  • Jury Center
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) and Oyez Project are headquartered at Chicago-Kent


  • 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.
  • 1894
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.
  • 1895
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.
  • 1895
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.
  • 1900
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.
  • 1902
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.
  • 1903
Appellate Judge Edmund W. Burke is named Chicago-Kent College of Law’s second dean.
  • 1912
Chicago-Kent College of Law moves to rented space in the 116 North Michigan Avenue building, where it remains for the next 12 years.
  • 1918
Webster H. Burke ’03 is named Chicago-Kent’s third dean.
  • 1923
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.
  • 1942
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.
  • 1949
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.
  • 1956
William F. Zacharias ’33 is named Chicago-Kent’s fifth dean.
  • 1961
Ralph Brill joins the faculty.
  • 1969
Chicago-Kent merges with Illinois Institute of Technology, becoming one of the few U.S. law schools affiliated with a technical university.
  • 1970
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.
  • 1974
Chicago-Kent faculty member Lew Collens is named Chicago-Kent’s seventh dean.
  • 1976
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.
  • 1978
Chicago-Kent pioneers the three-year legal research and writing program, which is now emulated at law schools across the nation.
  • 1981
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.
  • 1983
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.
  • 1983
The Library of International Relations, one of the nation’s most extensive repositories of international documents, announces its affiliation with IIT and its relocation to Chicago-Kent.
  • 1991
Richard A. Matasar, a federal jurisprudence scholar, is named Chicago-Kent’s eighth dean.
  • 1992
The Library of International Relations dedicates its new facility in Chicago-Kent’s new building at 565 West Adams Street.
  • 1997
Henry H. Perritt, Jr., an expert in information technology law, is named Chicago-Kent’s ninth dean.
  • 1997
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.
  • 2002
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.
  • 2003
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.
  • 2003
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.
  • 2003
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


According to Chicago-Kent's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 54.3% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[6] Chicago-Kent's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 20.9%, 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.[7]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Chicago-Kent for the 2013-2014 academic year is $64,867.[8] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $239,727.[9]


  • Chicago-Kent Law Review
  • Chicago-Kent Journal of Environmental and Energy Law
  • 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
  • Satyam: The Chicago-Kent College of Law's Journal on South Asia and the Law (Satyam was founded in 2011 by Chicago-Kent's South Asian Law Students Association. It is believed to be the first law journal of any American law school to focus exclusively on South Asian and South Asian American legal affairs.)


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  5. ^ "Employment Outcomes". 
  6. ^ "Employment Outcomes". 
  7. ^ "Chicago-Kent College of Law Profile". 
  8. ^ "ABA Standard 509 Consumer Information". 
  9. ^ "Chicago-Kent College of Law Profile". 

External links

  • Official website
  • Chicago-Kent History and Dateline
  • Chicago-Kent Applicant Portal and Virtual Tour
  • Chicago-Kent Student Portal
  • Seventh Circuit Review
  • Chicago-Kent Law Review

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