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ranked law library in the city — and the ninth best library in the nation, as ranked by preLaw magazine. It also has the highest percent of minority students at 33.9 percent.
The John Marshall Law School
LSAT: 150-156 GPA: 3.00–3.53 Enrollment: 1377
While Northwestern is the city’s most expensive law school, The John Marshall Law School, just a few miles away, is the least expensive. With tuition at $35,380, it is still pricey compared to public schools, but offers all the benefits of the large city and a private institution. John Marshall offers the most courses after the first year — with a whopping 270 options. That far exceeds Northwestern which is second in the city with only 217. Providing a well-rounded student life is key to the educators at John Marshall. How’s this for an open-door policy. At John Marshall, “students can literally walk in associate and assistant deans’ offices any time,” said William Powers, associate dean for Admission and Students Affairs. “We have won national awards for the quality of the activities of our Student Bar Association and involvement in ABA Law Student Division activities,” Powers said. Inside the classroom, John Marshall also is known for its outstanding program of legal education. For example, its trial advocacy program is nationally recognized, as is its intellectual property and legal writing programs. Students gain lifelong experience at its clinical programs. The law school has a Fair Housing Clinic and a Veteran’s Clinic, both of which have received national attention. John Marshall has other Centers for Excellence such as: Taxation and Employee Benefits; Real Estate; Intellectual Property; Information Technology; International Law and Advocacy and Dispute Resolution.
mitment to public service, student diversity and distinguished alumni, Burns said. As the law school of a Catholic and Vincentian University, DePaul is committed to social justice and public service. For example, in its Chiapas Human Rights Practicum, students travel to Chiapas, Mexico, where local human rights leaders teach them about human rights issues there. DePaul takes advantage of the talent in Chicago by supplementing full-time faculty with practicing lawyers and judges, who serve as adjunct professors and teach some of our upper-level and professional skills courses. There also is a strong commitment to serving students of all cultures. DePaul has the 12th highest enrollment of Hispanic students of all law schools in the nation. It is known for its approachable faculty and supportive staff, Burns said. And its extensive alumni network includes outstanding leaders and experts in all areas of the legal profession.
said Dean David Yellen, and that is integrated across all parts of the law school. As a result, its law centers are among the largest and best known throughout the nation. Its child-law and health-law centers in particular prepare students to excel in these areas of advocacy, Yellen said. And Loyola was ranked 23rd in the nation for public interest law by preLaw magazine, highest of all Chicago law schools. Among its newest innovations is its commitment to experiential learning, giving every student a chance to tackle a clinic, participate in an externship or try simulation coursework. Loyola has the second smallest class size in the city at 65. But most important, 25.8 percent of its students receive a half- to full-scholarship, and 72.9 percent receive grants, highest in the city.
University of Chicago Law School
LSAT: 169-173 GPA: 3.63-3.84 Enrollment: 590
Loyola University Chicago Law School
LSAT: 158-162 GPA: 3.29-3.62 Enrollment: 840
Loyola University is the other Catholic law school in Chicago. As a Jesuit school, Loyola is “extremely committed to the notion of using the law for public service,”
DePaul University College of Law
LSAT: 158-162 GPA: 3.11-3.57 Enrollment: 1027
Just one block away from John Marshall, DePaul University College of Law is distinguished by its rigorous curriculum, com-
The University of Chicago is the hardest law school in the city to get into, based on average LSAT scores and GPA. That has helped the school rank number five in U.S. News & World Report, tops in Chicago. And its high admission standards have helped it produce the highest bar pass rate in the state — 96.2 percent. Students benefit from the school’s openminded environment, strong faculty and unique four-semester setup. This allows students to “ease” into the final exam process. “Because most classes meet for two quarters, first-years only have two exams at the end of both Fall and Winter quarters. Many students find that this makes the adjustment to law school life a great deal easier,” the law school notes. The law school has three well-regarded legal clinics: a legal aid clinic, immigration, and entrepreneurship. It also has the nation’s 24th best law library, which ranks it second in Chicago. And it has the second lowest student-to-faculty ratio at 10 to one. It is the only Chicago law school that is not located in downtown. It’s in an economically depressed part of the city, southside Chicago, but on a university campus. 15
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