Office of Graduate Admission

Our Mission

Honoring its history, The John Marshall Law School upholds, through its varied juris doctor and graduate degree programs, a tradition of diversity, innovation, access and opportunity, and consistently provides an education that combines the understanding of both the theory and the practice of law.

About John Marshall

John Marshall (1755–1835), a federalist from Virginia, was the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. From 1801–1835, he led the U.S. Supreme Court and helped transform it into a powerful bastion of judicial review. In a series of seminal decisions, Marshall's Court set forth fundamental doctrines of constitutional law intended to preserve the separation of powers and core principles essential in a democratic republic. Marshall's genius was in his implicit recognition of the promise of the Constitution and the role of law in a constitutional democracy.

About The John Marshall Law School

Historical 1Throughout its history, The John Marshall Law School has upheld a tradition of diversity, innovation, and opportunity and has consistently provided an education that combines an understanding of the theory, the philosophy, and the practice of law. Founded in 1899, The John Marshall Law School is proud to be recognized as a dynamic independent law school, promoting excellence in all aspects of legal education.

Due to their belief that the study of law is critical to the health of our democratic society, our founders made it their guiding principle to offer working professionals from all walks of life the opportunity and access to study law. Today, the law school remains true to those principles, and those of our namesake, in our efforts to continue redefining the opportunities of today's candidates and tomorrow's practitioners.

We are proud to be recognized as a diverse, innovative institution, promoting excellence in all aspects of legal education. We provide one of the most comprehensive and aggressive JD skills-training curricula in the country, including trial and appellate advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, client counseling, negotiations, and legal writing. In addition, our Centers for Excellence provide graduate law programs in employee benefits, information technology and privacy law, intellectual property law, international business and trade law, real estate law, and tax law. JD students have the opportunity to earn a JD certificate, a joint JD/LLM from one of our Centers, or a joint JD/graduate degree through partner programs with area institutions.

Historical 2John Marshall degree candidates benefit from a combination of academic and practical instruction by full-time and practicing adjunct faculty. Students are also encouraged to gain legal experience by taking advantage of legal clinic opportunities, externships, practicum, and professional education events, and by participating in more than 20 specific programs designed to prepare students for the bar examination. Students should also utilize the resources and expertise of the Career Service Office.

For more history on the law school, read our Centennial History of The John Marshall Law School

Accreditation

The John Marshall Law School is fully accredited by the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The John Marshall Law School also is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The original notifications of accreditation may be seen in the dean's office.

American Bar Association
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
312.988.6738

The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
312.263.0456