1. The University of Chicago Law School
The University of Chicago Law School offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. The faculty exposes students to contrasting views, confident in students’ abilities to choose their own paths. The law school was established in 1902, ten years after the founding of the University of Chicago. Ever since its formation, it has been an innovator in legal education.
2. Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago-Kent College of Law is the second oldest law school in Illinois. It was founded in 1888 by two judges who believed that legal education should be available to working men and women. Forty-eight percent of the students are women, and 18 percent are students of color. It is affiliated with Illinois Institute of Technology. Chicago-Kent explores new frontiers in the law raised by biotechnology, cyberspace, environmental regulation, intellectual property, and international criminal law enforcement. The law school is accredited by the ABA. It is a member of the AALS.
3. DePaul University College of Law
DePaul University College of Law affords extensive contact with Chicago’s legal community. It is located near to the state and federal courts, government offices, and many law firms. The college offers full-time, part-time, and summer programs. DePaul is fully accredited by the ABA. It is a member of AALS also.
4. University of Illinois College of Law
The College of Law consistently ranks among the top law schools in the country and also among the top 10 public law schools. It was established in 1897. The college was a charter member of the AALS. The student-to-faculty ratio is 12 to 1. The College has specialized expertise in the areas of business and commercial law, employment law, environmental law, intellectual property law, international and comparative law, public interest law, and taxation law.
5. The John Marshall Law School
The John Marshall Law School was founded in 1899. The school offers a curriculum, writing courses, and a trial advocacy program in the theory and practice of law. It offers both day and evening classes at the 315 South Plymouth Court location in Chicago’s Loop. The coursework is supplemented with practical experience through clinical and externship experiences. The law school holds accreditations from the ABA, AALS, and the North Central Association. The law school’s founding principle is of open admission to all qualified candidates, regardless of their race, sex, religion, national origin, or age.
6. Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Loyola University Chicago School of Law is a student-focused law center inspired by the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence. It educates diverse, talented students to be responsible leaders in a rapidly changing world, to prepare future ethical advocates to contribute to a deeper understanding of law and legal institutions through a commitment to research, scholarship and public service. The school is a member of the AALS and is approved by the ABA.
7. Northern Illinois University College of Law
Northern Illinois University was founded in 1895. The College of Law was established in 1978. The College of Law has a diverse and professionally distinguished faculty dedicated to teaching and scholarship. It is the only public law school in the greater Chicago area. NIU Law has built a proud tradition of graduating students skilled in legal knowledge and practice, and imbued with a high degree of community responsibility.
8. Northwestern University School of Law
Northwestern University School of Law was founded in 1859. It advances the understanding of law and produces graduates prepared to excel in a rapidly changing world. Students have exceptional access to their full-time professors, because the school has one of the lowest student-to-faculty ratios in the country, 10:1. The faculty comprises the most highly credentialed and interdisciplinary law scholars in the nation.
9. Southern Illinois University School of Law
Legal education at Southern Illinois University School of Law is shaped by students, teaching, scholarship, service, and community. The law school provides a rigorous, high-value legal education that prepares students for the challenges of a twenty-first century legal career. The school curriculum equips students for a career from a legal aid office to a large urban law firm. The 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio at the school of law is among the best in the nation. The School of Law is fully accredited by the ABA and the AALS.