Office of Diversity Affairs

Undergraduate Diversity Programs

The John Marshall Law School hosts and presents events on a regular basis to introduce under-represented undergraduate and high school students to the law profession. These individuals of diverse nature might not otherwise consider the opportunities that await them in the study of law.

High School Competition

Throughout the year, John Marshall students, faculty and staff reach out to under-represented groups to raise awareness about the legal profession. Among them are high school and undergraduate students who participate in mock trials where they gain real-world experience arguing a case before a judge and jury. (Center) Jason Cooper (JD '10) helps students from Martin Luther King Preparatory High School formulate an argument for their mock trial presentation.

Diversity Mock Trial Competitions

The John Marshall Law School offers the opportunity several times annually for diverse undergraduate students to participate in mock trial competitions and experience what it would be like to be a part of the legal community.

Illinois Latino Law Forum

Every year The John Marshall Law School's Latino Law Student Association, in conjunction with its Illinois organization, hosts the Illinois Latino Law Forum for Latino high school students. Through this event, the students learn about law school's admission and financial aid process, and have the opportunity to meet members of the current Latino legal community. They also have the opportunity to watch a mock law class and a mock trial.

Guest speakers at the 6th annual Latino Law Forum on Feb. 21, sponsored by the Illinois Latino Law Students Association, were (from left) Associate Judge Patricia Mendoza, Circuit Court of Cook County, Juvenile Justice Division; Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez; Professors Rogelio Lasso and Arthur Acevedo of The John Marshall Law School; and Efrain Soto of SFX Baseball. The day-long event at The John Marshall Law School was open to high school and college students interested in a legal career.

If you would like to schedule a mock trial program at or with John Marshall Law School please contact diversity@jmls.edu or call 312.987.1411

Jonathan Arias

"John Marshall provided me with a great hands-on experience, and in the community of lawyers, John Marshall has the best reputation for public interest attorneys." More