Overview

Applicants
1,374
Acceptance Rate
60%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.28
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
265

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
148 - 153

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$0

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
Yes

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
46

43
Female
38
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

Located in Chicago, The John Marshall Law School is a relatively large, independent law school with options for both daytime and evening programs. The intellectual property program is strong, and the writing program is one of the school’s greatest strengths and a cornerstone of the practice-ready curriculum, which ensures that “when the students are ready to practice, they can hit the ground running.” “Everyone really works with you to make sure you understand what you are doing,” says a student. John Marshall provides work study opportunities for students to get paid for legal work in any nonprofit or government agency, and a variety of clinical internship/externship opportunities “geared towards teaching students the practical skills needed to successfully practice law in a variety of settings.”
In addition to the “really quite strong” academics, the faculty comprises “very knowledgeable professors who have considerable real world experience that benefits their ability to relate material to students.” Professors are “very welcoming when you come to see them” and “they enjoy working through issues with students.” As one might expect from a school designed for students at all points of their careers, the incredibly flexible school “is willing to accommodate each student’s individual academic interests/goals.” The law librarians and staff are also “extremely helpful.” “Although there are more required courses than other law schools, at the end of the day they are valuable and allow a student to explore the type of attorney they want to be,” says a 2L. “There are no undeserved grades awarded at our school and it prompts each of us students to give our best performance.”
The school has “extensive resources” including the writing center, and a helpful alumni network “practicing in just about every area of law you can think of” that aids the Career Services Office in getting students into jobs. “If you plan on working in the northern Illinois region, you should strongly consider attending JMLS,” says a student of the school’s mainly regional reputation. Many students say that “at times the school could be more organized” and “information could be distributed to students in a more timely manner, so things aren’t so rushed.” Still, “the school really cares about the students, and it shows.” “I have always felt that every single employee at JMLS is rooting for me to thrive professionally and personally,” says a 1L.

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
59%
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
86%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

Graduates Employed by Area

40%
Private Practice
24%
Business/Industry
11%
Government
3%
Judicial Clerkships
1%
Public Interes
1%
Academic

Graduates Employed by Region

79%
MidWest
2%
Mountain
1%
South
1%
Pacific

Prominent Alumni

Mark Pedowitz
President of The CW Network

Bill Daley
former White House Chief of Staff

Leo Melamed
Chair Emeritus Chicago Mercantile Exc. and Globex

Hon. Timothy Evans
Chief Judge Cook County Circuit Court

Joyce Tucker
VP of Global Diversity & Employee Rights, Boeing

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Aug 1
Application Deadlines
Apr 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$22,388

% Students Receiving Some Aid
92%

Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$36,000
Out-Of-State Tuition
$45,000
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$21,650
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$21,650
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,315
Fees
$3,308

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
991
Parent Institution Enrollement
33,516

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
7
Average Age at Entry
24

% Out-of-State
28%
% International
2%

Demographics

44.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

77% are full time
23% are part time
59% female
41% male

Campus Life

Students Say

About half of the students are full-time students who tend to be more “outgoing” and make friends with one another; the other half is composed of commuters who, “though friendly people, have to spend more time elsewhere.” Many see this diversity of the student population as “the school’s greatest strength” and “school pride is always fostered and witnessed each day.” Student organizations are very active and “there are always ways to get involved and social gatherings.”
The law school has been undergoing “almost constant renovation over the last few years so the school facilities are very new,” and the campus’s location in the heart of Chicago’s loop means you are only a short walk away from various courts, government offices, and private firms. “You can see the 7th Circuit federal building from the classrooms, the Cook County circuit building is down the street, and the City of Chicago offices are right there as well…the Chicago Bar Association is next door.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
90%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Chante Spann
Assistant Dean for Admissions

Address
300 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60604

Phone
800-537-4280

Email
admission@jmls.edu


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