Chicago–Kent College of Law

Chicago–Kent College of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Established 1888
School type Private
Dean Harold J. Krent
Location Chicago, Illinois, USA
Enrollment 944 (780 Full-Time, 164 Part-Time)[1]
Faculty 74 Full-Time[2]
USNWR ranking 61[3]
Bar pass rate 95%.[4]
Annual tuition $41,670 [5]

Chicago–Kent College of Law, the law school affiliated with Illinois Institute of Technology, is nationally recognized for the scholarship and accomplishments of its faculty and student body. It is the second oldest law school in the state of Illinois. Many of the applications of technology in the law school classroom today were pioneered at Chicago-Kent. It is the only law school in the United States with a three-year legal writing program.

Chicago-Kent is located within walking distance of the Willis Tower, Union Station and some of the largest law firms in the country, as well as important governmental bodies (including the Chicago Board of Trade). The school currently occupies the building at 565 W. Adams St., across the street from the newly constructed USG building. The building offers wireless network access throughout the building, along with electrical plugs in classrooms and libraries.

Chicago-Kent teaches a standard first year law school curriculum with courses in Torts, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property and Civil Procedure. The school places a heavy emphasis on Legal Research and Writing. Kent's writing curriculum has been used as a model for other programs. Professors at Chicago-Kent were responsible for founding and developing the curriculum of BarBri, the largest and most popular bar exam review preparation course in the country.

The school is also recognized for its strength in health law and bioethics and is home to several prestigious institutes and centers dedicated to research and scholarship in the area including the Center for Diabetes Research and Policy, the Institute for Biotechnology and the Human Future, and the Institute for Science, Law, and Technology. The Institute for Law and the Humanities, created at the school in 2000, facilitates, supports, and encourages symposia, lectures, scholarship, and discussion on the relationships between law and the other humanistic disciplines. The institute provides opportunities for faculty and students to integrate humanities-based studies in areas such as philosophy, history, literature, and religion with the study of law. Additionally, the recently created Center for Open Government, a pro bono initiative where students and faculty work to help ensure transparency, accountability, and responsibility in state and local government, is also headquartered at Chicago-Kent and was established at the school in 2009. Chicago-Kent is also home to The Library of International Relations, an official depository for documents of the United Nations and the European Union, one of the largest public research collections of this material in the Midwest. The Global Law and Policy Initiative, which spearheads programs designed to promote a better understanding of the evolving global environment and to strengthen democratic institutions worldwide, is also housed at the school. Kent additionally hosts study abroad and exchange programs in Germany, Denmark, England, France, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland, China, Spain, Poland, Korea and New Zealand.


Rankings and honors

The 2012 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked Chicago–Kent College of Law:

  1. 61st Nationally
  2. 15th Intellectual Property Law
  3. 96th Law Firms Rank Schools
  4. 10th Legal Writing
  5. 11th Part-time Law
  6. 4th Trial Advocacy
  7. 3rd highest rank in Chicago Area

Recent Leiter’s Law School Rankings placed the law school:

  • 37th Based on Faculty Quality, 2003-04 (tie)
  • 30th Top 50 Faculties: Per Capita Productivity of Books and Articles, 2000–02

Vault's 2007 Top 25 Most Underrated Law Schools ranked the law school:

  • 4th Most Underrated Law School in the U.S.

The Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team won the 32nd and 33rd annual National Trial Competition Championships.

Members of the Chicago-Kent Moot Court Honor Society won the 58th and 59th annual National Moot Court Competitions.

Chicago-Kent maintains the Midwest's highest ranking Environmental & Energy Law program.

Degree programs

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program
  • Graduate L.L.M. Programs
    • Family
    • Financial Service Law
    • International and Comparative Law
    • International Intellectual Property Law (First such degree to be offered by a U.S. law school)
    • Taxation
  • Joint Degree Programs

Institutes and Centers

  • Center for Access to Justice & Technology
  • Center for Information, Society, and Policy
  • Center for Open Government
  • Global Law and Policy Initiative
  • IIT Center for Diabetes Research and Policy
  • Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future
  • Institute for Law and the Humanities
  • Institute for Law and the Workplace
  • Institute for Science, Law and Technology
  • Jury Center
  • The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) is headquartered at Chicago-Kent


  • 1886

Several law clerks receive tutorials in Appellate Judge Joseph M. Bailey’s chambers to prepare for the newly instituted Illinois bar examination. The evening sessions evolved into formal classes and, in 1888, the establishment of Chicago College of Law, the second law school in Illinois. Judge Bailey became the school’s first dean.

  • 1894

Ida Platt graduates with honors from Chicago College of Law, and soon becomes the first black woman admitted to the Illinois bar--and only the second woman of color admitted to practice law in the United States. She later helped establish the Cook County Bar Association, the nation’s oldest African-American bar association.

  • 1895

Appellate Judge Thomas A. Moran is named Chicago College of Law’s second dean. Judge Moran became the first dean of Chicago-Kent College of the Law in 1900, following the merger of Chicago College of Law and Kent College of Law.

  • 1895

Marshall D. Ewell founds Kent College of Law, named for Chancellor James B. Kent, author of the influential Commentaries on American Law. Ewell serves as the school’s first and only dean.

  • 1900

Chicago College of Law merges with Kent College of Law, to form Chicago-Kent College of Law. Thomas A. Moran of Chicago College of Law is named the new law school’s first dean.

  • 1902

The founding chapter of Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) is established at Chicago-Kent. PAD, now the world’s largest law fraternity, has its roots in the charter chapters of Lambda Epsilon Fraternity at Kent College of Law and Chicago College of Law, which consolidated when the schools merged to form Chicago-Kent College of Law.

  • 1903

Appellate Judge Edmund W. Burke is named Chicago-Kent College of Law’s second dean.

  • 1912

Chicago-Kent College of Law moves to rented space in the 116 North Michigan Avenue building, where it remains for the next 12 years.

  • 1918

Webster H. Burke ’03 is named Chicago-Kent’s third dean.

  • 1923

The Chicago Kent Review begins continuous publication under the direction of Dean Webster H. Burke. Several years later, it adopted its current name, the Chicago-Kent Law Review. The publication began as the Anthenaeum Law Bulletin, one of the nation’s first law reviews.

  • 1942

The Student Bar Association, the law school’s student government, is organized and affiliated with the Illinois Law Student Association and the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division. Officers and student representatives are elected each year from the student body.

  • 1949

Webster H. Burke steps down after nearly 30 years’ service as dean of the law school. Donald Campbell ’21 is named Chicago-Kent’s fourth dean.

  • 1956

William F. Zacharias ’33 is named Chicago-Kent’s fifth dean.

  • 1961

Ralph Brill joins the faculty.

  • 1969

Chicago-Kent merges with Illinois Institute of Technology, becoming one of the few U.S. law schools affiliated with a technical university.

  • 1970

Fred F. Herzog is named Chicago-Kent’s sixth dean. During his tenure, the Chicago-Kent Law Review begins to publish an issue focusing on the work of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Law Review continued this theme annually for nearly two decades.

  • 1974

Chicago-Kent faculty member Lew Collens is named Chicago-Kent’s seventh dean.

  • 1976

Chicago-Kent starts the nation’s first in-house, fee-generating law school clinic, in which a faculty of practicing lawyers engage students to work on real cases under the discipline of actual practice conditions.

  • 1978

Chicago-Kent pioneers the three-year legal research and writing program, which is now emulated at law schools across the nation.

  • 1981

Chicago-Kent establishes the Graduate Program in Taxation and the Graduate Program in Financial Services Law, the first LL.M. program in financial services law in the United States.

  • 1983

Chicago-Kent establishes the Center for Law and Computers, becoming the nation’s first law school to make the computer an integral part of the study of law. Many of the applications of technology now taken for granted in the law school classroom were pioneered at Chicago-Kent.

  • 1983

The Library of International Relations, one of the nation’s most extensive repositories of international documents, announces its affiliation with IIT and its relocation to Chicago-Kent.

  • 1991

Richard A. Matasar, a federal jurisprudence scholar, is named Chicago-Kent’s eighth dean.

  • 1992

The Library of International Relations dedicates its new facility in Chicago-Kent’s new building at 565 West Adams Street.

  • 1997

Henry H. Perritt, Jr., an expert in information technology law, is named Chicago-Kent’s ninth dean.

  • 1997

Chicago-Kent launches the Global Law and Policy Initiative, which spearheads programs designed to promote a better understanding of the evolving global environment and to strengthen democratic institutions worldwide.

  • 2002

Chicago-Kent is awarded the 2002 Diversity Award by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity for the law school's continuing commitment to diversifying the legal profession.

  • 2003

Chicago-Kent alums head the National Lawyers Association, National Hispanic Prosecutors Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Cook County Bar Association, Illinois Judges Association, and Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago.

  • 2003

Chicago-Kent establishes the country’s first LL.M. program in international intellectual property law. The one-year program offers international and domestic lawyers an extensive education in all aspects of contemporary intellectual property practice.

  • 2003

Harold J. Krent, an expert in administrative law, is named Chicago-Kent’s tenth dean after serving as associate dean for five years and interim dean for one year.

Notable alumni


  • Chicago-Kent Law Review
  • Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal
  • Illinois Public Employee Relations Report
  • Journal of Intellectual Property
  • Seventh Circuit Review
  • The Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Satyam: The Chicago-Kent College of Law's Journal on South Asia and the Law (Satyam was founded in 2011 by Chicago-Kent's South Asian Law Students Association. It is believed to be the first law journal of any American law school to focus exclusively on South Asian and South Asian American legal affairs.)


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