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the third highest employment rate, with 90.3 percent of its graduates landing a job within six months of graduation. All of that bodes very well for a school that has the highest percent of students in the city receiving half- to full-scholarships — 32.1 percent. “Chicago-Kent offers numerous opportunities for its students to develop the skills required for legal practice,” said Nicole Vilches, assistant dean for admissions. “All students are required to complete five semesters of legal research and writing, and employers frequently comment on the outstanding writing skills of our graduates.” Chicago-Kent was the first law school to institute a three-year legal research and writing requirement, create a fee-generating law school clinic and incorporate computer technology into legal education. It has long been recognized as one of the most technologically advanced schools in the nation, and ranked 45th overall for public interest law by preLaw magazine. Chicago-Kent recently launched a guaranteed summer externship program that provides a legal externship position for all 14
interested full-time students during the summer after the first year of law school. The school also has a very low studentto-faculty ratio at 11 to 1, and the smallest classes in the city — only 54 students.
Northwestern University School of Law
LSAT: 166-172 GPA: 3.40-3.81 Enrollment: 814
Northwestern is perhaps the most innovative school in Chicago. It has strived to create a learning environment that is centered on the needs of both the marketplace and employers, said Donald Rebstock, associate dean of enrollment, career strategy and marketing. Over the past two years, it has been implementing changes derived from focus groups with 60 managing partners among the top U.S. and U.K. law firms. The result is an action-orientated, focused approach to the law and legal education that helps students with the
skills they will need immediately upon graduation, Rebstock said. The proof is in student feedback via publications like The Princeton Review, which ranked Northwestern as one of the top law schools for career prospects. It has the highest percent of students employed six months after graduation in Chicago — with 97.4 percent. Northwestern also is well known its JD/ MBA program, the result of an intimate relationship between The Kellogg School and Northwestern law. At about 75 students, it is one of the nation’s largest and most substantial. Plus, the core classes are accessible to every law student, which gives them a competitive advantage as well. The law school has also significantly improved its student-to-faculty ratio over the past 10 years, now boasting the lowest ratio in Chicago, 9 to 1, and the second smallest class size with 65 students. On the downside, it is the most expensive school in Chicago with an eye-popping tuition at $47,471. Its tuition has bee fueled by the growth in faculty. Northwestern also has the highest-