Chicago's Practice - Ready Law School

7 Reasons to Study at John Marshall
As a John Marshall student, you can choose from more than 300 courses, one of the most diverse curricula in the nation. In addition to our #17 ranked Intellectual Property Law program and our #16 ranked Trial Advocacy program,, we offer extensive courses in today’s most relevant areas of law, including business, information technology, international law, and public interest law. You can also earn a JD certificate in areas, including alternative dispute resolution, elder law, international human rights, sustainability, and more.
We’ve been a leader in skills training for decades, and we continue to lead the nation in innovative skills teaching. At John Marshall, you’ll complete four semesters of training in our #5 ranked Lawyering Skills program while at most other law schools you’d only receive two semesters. Why? We know what legal employers look for in new hires, and we know our focus on skills training means success on the job from day one. When you enroll at John Marshall, you’ll develop the strategic, analytical, and transactional lawyering skills that are valuable to employers.
Law isn’t practiced in the classroom; it’s practiced in law firms, corporations, and courtrooms, which is why experiential learning at John Marshall isn’t just a guarantee, it’s a graduation requirement. Work in our nationally recognized Veterans or Fair Housing Clinics, advocate for international human rights, support victims of domestic violence, work on patents and trademarks for tomorrow’s innovators, or choose from 100+ externships with a judge, a government agency, or a nonprofit organization. Whichever you choose, you’ll graduate with the practice-ready experience to distinguish yourself from other graduates.
A faculty of 500+ full-time and adjunct professors stands ready to help you develop the knowledge and skills you’ll need to be a successful attorney. Drawn from the nation’s top scholars and practitioners, our faculty brings real-world experience and advice to the classroom, along with leading-edge connections to the practice world. They have authored textbooks and published in the nation’s most prestigious law reviews, presented their scholarship at international conferences, served as experts in cases and before legislative bodies, and represented clients throughout the nation, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. Our faculty is invested in creating an academic environment that allows you to be productive and successful.
Part of focusing on the skills necessary to be a successful lawyer is keeping current on courtroom technology. We ensure that you’re skilled at using various forms of technology for litigation, such as the use of digital media in preparing evidentiary and courtroom presentations. As well, recent award-winning renovations ensure our students have the best classrooms and courtrooms for their legal education.
You’ll gain a strong sense of community by joining a student organization and participating in student life on campus. In addition to our award-winning Student Bar Association, we boast more than 50 active student organizations that engage in social awareness, community service, legal discussions, and social activities. There’s a student group for nearly every professional, cultural, and political interest that exists. Get involved to expand and enhance your law school experience, as well as deepen your relationship with faculty and alumni.
With more than 18,000 alumni – 10,000 in Chicago alone – and 25 chapters of The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association throughout the world, when you graduate you’ll inherit a network of enthusiastic alums all across the United States, as well as in South America and Central Asia, invested in your success.
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The Financial Support to Focus on What Matters Most

More than $10M in Scholarships

When you apply to John Marshall, you are automatically considered for our full range of incoming student scholarships. We understand the financial concerns prospective students feel, and there’s no question that financial support helps free up time for experiential learning, honors programs, and involvement in student organizations. We want you to have every opportunity to maximize your time in law school, so we’ve eliminated the scholarship application process, making that one less detail you need to worry about.

If you have any questions about scholarships, feel free to contact Melissa Hansen, our Director of Admission.

Financial Aid

In addition to scholarships, we’re committed to helping every student find the financial aid necessary to make a career in law a reality. Our Office of Financial Aid assists admitted and current students with a variety of loan information and throughout the financial aid application process.


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Academic Programs

One of the things that makes John Marshall so special is the variety and number of courses we offer. Regardless of which of our 300+ courses interest you, you'll develop the strategic, analytical, and transactional skills that are so valuable to employers. We specialize in educating attorneys who can succeed from their first day on the job.

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One of the things that makes John Marshall so special is the variety and number of courses we offer. Regardless of which of our 300+ courses interest you, you'll develop the strategic, analytical, and transactional skills that are so valuable to employers. We specialize in educating attorneys who can succeed from their first day on the job.

JD Certificates

As you begin your elective courses, consider further focusing your education in a specific area of law. Whether you choose #16 ranked Trial Advocacy, #17 ranked Intellectual Property Law, or any of our other programs, our JD certificates offer you the opportunity to develop further competitive distinction at the JD level. Each certificate is designed to serve as a guide for selecting electives in specific areas of study and to develop the courtroom-ready skills that employers seek in career applicants.

Earn a JD Certificate in one of the following areas:

• Alternative Dispute Resolution
• Elder Law
• Health Law
• Intellectual Property Law
• International Human Rights Law
• Sustainability
• Trial Advocacy

Learn More about Our JD Certificates


Develop the Practical Experience Employers Demand

Experiential Learning

After you complete the Lawyering Skills Program and other core courses, you'll be ready to advance your legal education by learning from experience. And what better place than John Marshall? We were recently rated by National Jurist Magazine as Chicago’s top law school for experiential learning (tied with Northwestern). Put your skills to the test in one of our 100+ externships, practicum, or nationally recognized clinical experiences. This experiential component is required of all our graduates; it's one of the ways we'll ensure you're practice-ready from day one.

Community Legal Clinics

Law isn’t practiced in classrooms—it’s practiced in the real world of law firms, corporations, and courtrooms. In order to be successful as an attorney from your first day on the job, you need to have practical experience. Our nationally recognized community legal clinics offer you the opportunity to develop real legal experience before you graduate in an environment designed to develop the courtroom-ready skills that employers seek in career applicants.


Forge Your Own Path to Success

Career Services

We’re committed to helping you launch your career, and we’ll work ceaselessly for your success. Led by Appellate Justice Margaret Frossard (Ret.), Associate Dean of Professionalism & Career Strategy, our Career Services Office is eager to assist you with one-on-one counseling, mock interviews, and in-house employment research resources. In addition to taking full advantage of our career counseling, we offer more than 60 practice-area-specific programs and workshops, featuring current judges and law firm partners, each year to enhance your career opportunities.