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Why John Marshall?

At The John Marshall Law School, we are proud of our tradition of providing people from all walks of life the access and opportunity to study law. We have an established legacy of producing attorneys who are prepared to succeed and are ready to practice on day one. Our students are intelligent, possess an unparalleled work ethic and client-focused approach to the law.

A Legacy of Practical Skills Training

John Marshall is dedicated to continuing its tradition of diversity, innovation, access and opportunity, and it does so by consistently providing an education with cutting-edge curriculum that combines an understanding of both the theory and practice of the law.

In addition to our evolving and rigorous J.D. curriculum, John Marshall law school provides its students with a number of opportunities to enhance their education with extensive training, experiential clinical and externship opportunities, and opportunities in legal scholarship and advocacy.

Extensive Training in Legal Research, Writing, Advocacy, and Drafting

Extensive TrainingJohn Marshall offers a nationally-ranked legal writing curriculum which provides extensive training in the legal skills needed to be ready to practice — legal research, advocacy, writing, and drafting.

The Lawyering Skills Curriculum includes four semesters of required courses and is one of the most comprehensive in the nation. It is designed to immerse students in the activities and skills needed to be a successful lawyer. Each of the four semesters, students are taught by a combination of full-time professors and successful practitioners who bring expertise and a practitioner’s perspective to the learning process. After the first semester, students transition to legal advocacy with a focus in the remaining semesters on pre-trial practice, oral argument, and appellate writing and oral advocacy.

John Marshall also has a number of outstanding honors programs — including three student-run journals. The John Marshall Law Review board is one of the highest academic honors the law school offers. Students can also grade on or write on to The John Marshall Journal of Computer & Information Law or The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law. In addition, our students have opportunities to compete in either intra- or interscholastic competitions as members of The Moot Court Honors Program or The Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board and Council.

Award-Winning Advocacy Training

All students receive advocacy training by participating in the Herzog Moot Court Competition as part of the Lawyering Skills program. John Marshall’s Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution is also the home of the law school’s Advocacy Competition Program which is ranked 13th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The program allows students to compete on a national level in numerous advocacy competitions. Team members are prepared for competition through rigorous practice sessions conducted by the Center’s faculty, adjunct faculty and alumni.

Real World Experience and Training

Mock TrialIn addition to its successful advocacy competition program, the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution is home to John Marshall’s externship and clinical programs. John Marshall continues its tradition of producing practice-ready attorneys through the strength and diversity of our clinical and externship programs. Through such programs, our students experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of practicing law. Each year, students have the opportunity to work with the State’s Attorney’s Office, State’s Defender office, judges, federal agencies, and public interest organizations.

John Marshall has four legal clinics — The Fair Housing Legal Clinic, Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic, The Patent Law Clinic and the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic. Each of the clinics offers training and opportunities for student to engage in practice experiences.

The Fair Housing Legal Clinic offers students training in fair housing law and enforcement, and teaches our students to become effective advocates for their clients who have been denied housing due to discrimination.

Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic is one of the first law school clinics in the country to address veteran’s benefits issues. The clinic is run by student leaders who represent veterans in their claims before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, draft legislation on these issues and advise a network of Illinois attorneys who represent veterans on a pro bono basis.

The Patent Law Clinic draws upon the strengths of John Marshall’s nationally recognized Intellectual Property Law program and provides students an opportunity to simulate practice experiences in preparing patent application and securing patents. Working closely with patent law practitioners, our students write patent applications and evaluate the patentability of inventions.

Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic allows student volunteers to provide free tax preparation services for underserved, low-income taxpayers including the elderly, and disabled.

In addition to John Marshall’s on-site legal clinics, the school offers legal externship program opportunities, including a Judicial Externship Program, Local Government Clinic, Clinical Legal Education in Intellectual Property, Defender’s Clinic, Department of Labor Externship Program, Internal Revenue Service Externship Program, and Real Estate Legal Practicum, and the Refugee and Asylum Law Externship Practicum.


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