Office of Diversity Affairs
Diversity and Opportunity
Diversity and opportunity are guiding ideals at The John Marshall Law School, and have been since its founding more than 110 years ago. Our commitment to recruiting and supporting minority and otherwise under-represented students is firm and long standing, and we view our diversity as one of the hallmarks for measuring our success.
We have a tradition of emphasizing diversity and believe that, for lawyers to truly benefit society, the legal profession must embody a community that celebrates its own multiplicity while remaining dedicated to the pursuit of justice and upholding the rule of law for all people everywhere.
Tradition of Opportunity
More than a century after it being founded, the law school continues to provide invaluable opportunities for students to develop real-world skills in a legal setting, including participating in nationally-recognized programs; networking with distinguished alumni; and dealing with topical issues of the day.
Case in Point
The 1954 United States Supreme Court decision in Oliver L. Brown, et. al v. the Board of Education of Topeka, (KS), et. al, is among the most significant judicial turning points in the development of our country. The historic case dismantled the legal basis for racial segregation in public schools and other public facilities.
Fifty-five years prior to the ground-breaking court case, the progressive founding fathers behind The John Marshall Law School in Chicago opened its doors to men and women "not determined by arbitrary and discriminatory factors such as racial origin, sex, color, nor religious affiliation." ("A Centennial History of The John Marshall Law School" 1999).
"My experience at The John Marshall Law School has helped open my mind to the many
possibilities the legal profession has to offer." - Vaishali Rao