At the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago-Kent College of Law, an emphasis on legal research and writing skills combines with an excellent career services office that pledges to provide individualized guidance for each student to support their career goals. Students can gain practical experience through externships, clinics, and any number of pro bono opportunities found at the Public Interest Resource Center, and there is “a distinct group of alumni who make a great effort to ensure students have as many opportunities as possible.”
The faculty is composed of “great young professors that bring practical knowledge of the changing legal environment.” Chicago-Kent “has a great presence in Chicago” and has many adjunct professors who bring practical experience and real world advice to the classroom. “Overall I have had an excellent experience at Chicago—Kent College of Law,” says a 2L. An “extremely comprehensive/thorough” legal writing program gets high marks, as does the excellent Trial Advocacy program, which includes a popular 8-day intensive course during which students learn the basic principles of trial advocacy (and conduct two trials). “Taking the course was one of the best experiences I have had during law school and I would recommend it to anyone interested in pursuing a career in litigation,” says a student. The professors of this course (and other trial advocacy courses) include “trial attorneys with 10+ years experience, state court judges, federal court judges, prosecutors from the ARDC, and many more”; the wealth of experience they are able to offer is “unparalleled.” It should be unsurprising that the professors are “great at connecting what we’re learning in class to applications in actual law practice.” “I’ve had many professors conclude lessons with phrases like ‘And this will be important to know when you’re a lawyer because...’” says a student. “Often, I feel like I have an edge because of the passion and dedication of my professors.”
The administration is also lauded as “phenomenal.” They “respond to emails promptly and always do their best to help solve your problems and accommodate your needs.” There is a great flexibility in the evening program in catering to working professionals and professors are “sympathetic to busy work schedules,” as displayed by the helpful lead time given for assignments. “Even first-years” are given opportunities to engage with the way Chicago-Kent is run, through student organizations, student government, or simple feedback.
The career counselors are similarly “very well-informed, well-connected, and skilled,” and this trickles into the real world. “I have consistently been able to hit the ground running at each of my internships, which proves to be a great asset for future positions and even for post-grad employment,” says a student. “I’ve been told during externship applications that I don’t need to provide a writing sample saying, ‘Oh, I don’t need that, you go to Kent,’” says another student.