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Future LLM Students

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

565 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60661-3691, USA
Phone: 312.906.5020 | Website: www.kentlaw.iit.edu

Introduction

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, is distinguished by its history of excellence in teaching and legal scholarship. Its faculty is one of the most productive groups of legal scholars in the country, publishing leading texts and articles across a wide array of subjects.

The Chicago-Kent curriculum emphasizes professional responsibility in the broadest sense, encompassing intellectual discipline, careful analysis, comprehensive research, and sensitivity to the needs of clients and to the context in which the law operates.

Drawing on its distinctive affiliation with Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent is at the vanguard of exploring new frontiers in the law raised by biotechnology, cyberspace, environmental regulation, intellectual property, international business transactions and trade, and much more. Chicago-Kent is located in downtown Chicago, the heart of the city's commercial and legal communities. The law school is within walking distance of one of the world's largest integrated court systems and a full range of city, county, state, and federal agencies, as well as Chicago's famous financial center. The law school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and the Order of the Coif.

Law School Enrollment

The statistics listed below correspond to the student body as of the fall 2013 semester.

  • JD students: 888
    • Full-time: 761
    • Part-time: 127
  • Graduate (LLM) students: 84
  • JSD students: 5

Physical Facilities

Chicago-Kent's modern, ten-story building features a three-story atrium, five-level library, technologically advanced classrooms and courtrooms, auditorium, computer labs, student lounges, and cafeteria. Chicago-Kent's library is one of the largest law school libraries in the country. The collection includes a variety of international law materials as well as special print and electronic collections in environmental and energy law, intellectual property law, and labor law.

The law school houses a robust computer network infrastructure. The wireless network is accessible throughout the building and supports the latest protocols. In addition, there are over 1,900 wired network connections located in key areas including the library, individual seats in the majority of classrooms, and in student lounge areas.

Housing

Affordable housing is available in nearby urban and suburban neighborhoods. Furnished apartments are available for Chicago-Kent students at Tailor Lofts, a new loft-style development located within walking distance of the law school in student-friendly Greektown. Dormitory housing is available on the university's main campus, approximately five miles south of the law school. A free shuttle runs between the two campuses. The law school is close to all public transportation downtown.

LLM Programs/Areas of Specialization

Family Law

Office of Graduate Admissions
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
USA

Phone: 312.906.5360
Fax: 312.906.5274
E-mail: admissions@kentlaw.iit.edu
Program website: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/prospective-students/llm-family-law

The LLM Program in Family Law is designed to equip graduates for practice in the increasingly sophisticated and rapidly evolving field of family law. This program offers a unique mixture of cutting-edge practice training and legal theory to prepare students for a variety of family law-related careers.

Family law is unique in modern law practice because it remains a general practice career. Beyond basic divorce and family law, practitioners must know tax law, real estate law, partnership law, contract law, child psychology, and other topics. As each of these sub-areas has ballooned, so has the expertise that a family law practitioner must bring to his or her practice. Effective education in both the technique and substance of modern family law practice is necessary for success in this competitive, dynamic field. Chicago-Kent's LLM in Family Law provides this education.

Candidates for admission to the LLM Program in Family Law may apply at any time, but are encouraged to submit application materials by early July for the fall semester and by mid-November for the spring semester. Applications are available from the Office of Graduate Admissions or online at the Graduate Program in Family Law website.

Students wishing to take one or more courses in the program without becoming candidates for the LLM degree may do so with permission. Students may be eligible for CLE credit based upon their LLM coursework.

Application Requirements (Degree-Seeking)
  • application for admission
  • $60 application fee
  • personal statement
  • résumé
  • official law school transcript
Application Requirements (Nonmatriculant)
  • application for nonmatriculant admission
  • $60 application fee
  • résumé
  • official law school transcript
Tuition (2013–2014 Academic Year)
  • Degree-seeking taking 12 or more credit hours per semester: $39,000 per year
  • Part-time degree-seeking and nonmatriculants: $1,625 per credit hour
Degree Requirements
  • 24 credit hours of coursework, including an externship requirement of 9 credit hours. (Part-time students may not have to complete the externship.)

Financial Services Law

Office of International Law and Policy
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
USA

Phone: 312.906.5134
Fax: 312.906.5355
E-mail: intllm@kentlaw.iit.edu
Program website: http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/prospective-students/llm-financial-services

Deregulation of financial services, tax reforms, globalization, technology, the financial crisis beginning in 2008, and revolutionary market forces have created an environment in which attorneys must broaden their knowledge and sharpen their skills to handle the range of legal and related issues arising in the new and evolving financial services industry. Chicago-Kent's innovative and unique LLM Program in Financial Services Law educates legal professionals to be effective in this rapidly changing environment. It emphasizes the global nature of financial markets and takes advantage of Chicago's location as a critical node in the global financial services industry.

Candidates for admission to the LLM Program in Financial Services Law must hold a JD, LLB, or other non-US first law degree. Domestic students may begin in either the fall or spring semester. International students may only begin in the fall semester. Students may pursue the degree on either a full- or part-time basis. The suggested application deadline for fall admission is February 1. Applications are available from the Office of International Law and Policy or online at the LLM in Financial Services Law website.

Application Requirements
  • application for admission
  • $75 application fee
  • personal statement
  • two letters of recommendation
  • official transcripts of all prior legal study and pre-legal study and officially certified English translations
  • TOEFL or IELTS (for non-native speakers of English)
Tuition (2013–2014 Academic Year)
  • Degree-seeking taking 12 or more credit hours per semester: $39,000 per year
  • Part-time degree-seeking: $1,625 per credit hour
  • Scholarship assistance may be available to candidates with strong academic credentials.
Degree Requirements
  • 24 credit hours of coursework, including one independent research course leading to a paper suitable for publication.

International Intellectual Property Law

Office of International Law and Policy
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
USA

Phone: 312.906.5134
Fax: 312.906.5355
E-mail: intllm@kentlaw.iit.edu
Program website: www.kentlaw.iit.edu/prospective-students/llm-iip

The LLM Program in International Intellectual Property Law was the first of its kind in the United States, and its success reflects the increase in demand for rigorous education in this rapidly changing area of law. Chicago-Kent is nationally recognized as a leader in the fields of both international law and intellectual property law, and the law school's faculty, students, and graduates are helping define IP law for the 21st century through their research and scholarship.

As the importance of IP law has expanded nationally and internationally, the program has grown to reflect and anticipate the constant challenges of contemporary IP practice. Whether your interests lie in scientific and technological innovation, marketing and advertising, or entertainment and the arts, Chicago-Kent's Program in International Intellectual Property Law offers an educational experience that emphasizes both academic excellence and a commitment to training the top IP lawyers and thinkers of tomorrow.

Students enrolled in the program attend courses and seminars with JD students and can take advantage of the school's cutting-edge expertise in such areas as information technology law, e-commerce, and corporate and financial services law. They also receive personalized instruction in a graduate thesis-writing course limited to students in the program. The one-year, full-time program offers students the flexibility to choose particular courses of interest as well as the rigor of a directed writing requirement.

Candidates for admission to the LLM Program in International Intellectual Property Law must hold a JD, LLB, or other non-US first law degree. The suggested application deadline is February 1. Applications are available from the Office of International Law and Policy or online at the LLM in International Intellectual Property Law website.

Application Requirements
  • application for admission
  • $75 application fee
  • personal statement
  • two letters of recommendation
  • official transcripts of all prior legal study and pre-legal study and officially certified English translations
  • TOEFL or IELTS (for non-native speakers of English)
Tuition (2013–2014 Academic Year)
  • Degree-seeking taking 12 or more credit hours per semester: $39,000 per year
  • Scholarship assistance may be available to candidates with strong academic credentials.
Degree Requirements
  • 24 credit hours of coursework, including International Intellectual Property Law or International Patent Law, Introduction to the American Legal System, and a graduate seminar with thesis.

Taxation

Office of Graduate Admissions
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
USA

Phone: 312.906.5360
Fax: 312.906.5274
E-mail: admissions@kentlaw.iit.edu
Program website: www.kentlaw.iit.edu/prospective-students/llm-tax

The Graduate Program in Taxation, which leads to an LLM degree in taxation, is designed for both full-time students and practicing attorneys who want to keep pace with developments in tax law and deepen their understanding of this field. The program, created and taught by full-time tax attorneys who are partners in major law firms and leaders of the national tax bar, takes a rigorous in-class approach to the problems that tax practitioners confront on a daily basis. The program is designed to meet the needs of students seeking the best theoretical and practical graduate tax education. Each course is structured to immerse students in the theory, analysis, and planning that real-world tax practice demands.

The program has benefited from significant contributions of time and resources by leading members of the tax bar. The Graduate Program in Taxation Advisory Board, which oversees the tax program, includes Chicago's most respected tax lawyers.

Applicants for admission to the LLM Program in Taxation may apply at any time, but are encouraged to submit application materials as early as possible in the summer for fall semester matriculation and in the fall for spring semester matriculation. Candidates for admission to the LLM Program in Taxation must hold a JD from an ABA-accredited law school. In special circumstances, international students may be considered for admission if they hold a JD, LLB, or other non-US first law degree. However, international applicants should be aware that the program focuses primarily on US tax law. Applications are available from the Office of Graduate Admissions or online at the Graduate Program in Taxation website.

Students wishing to take one or more courses in the program without becoming candidates for the LLM degree may do so with permission. Students may be eligible for CLE credit based upon their LLM coursework.

Application Requirements (Degree-Seeking)
  • application for admission
  • $60 application fee
  • official law school transcript
  • two letters of recommendation from law school professors or from attorneys with whom you have worked who can assess your capacity for advanced legal study in taxation
Application Requirements (Nonmatriculant)
  • application for nonmatriculant admission
  • $60 application fee
Tuition (2013–2014 Academic Year)
  • Degree-seeking taking 12 or more credit hours per semester: $39,000 per year
  • Part-time degree-seeking and nonmatriculants: $1,625 per credit hour
Degree Requirements
  • 12 courses (24 credit hours of coursework), including an independent research course

US, International, and Transnational Law

Office of International Law and Policy
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Illinois Institute of Technology
565 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60661-3691
USA

Phone: 312.906.5134
Fax: 312.906.5355
E-mail: intllm@kentlaw.iit.edu
Program website: www.kentlaw.iit.edu/prospective-students/llm-ustl

The LLM Program in US, International, and Transnational Law is a one-year, full-time program for attorneys trained outside the United States who wish to gain a broader understanding of the American legal system and to develop skills for engaging in transnational legal practice. The program is not open to attorneys holding a JD degree from an American law school. The program offers flexibility in the choice of law courses as well as the opportunity to conduct independent research. Students enrolled in the program attend courses and seminars along with JD students and can take advantage of the school's cutting-edge expertise in such areas as information technology law, e-commerce, international trade, and financial services law.

Complementing Chicago-Kent's wide-ranging course offerings is the law school's strong international faculty. With recognized scholars in international and comparative law, the faculty as a whole strongly believes in the importance of international legal studies to the development of law in the United States. The LLM programs at Chicago-Kent have attracted participants from all over the world, and recent classes have included students from Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Brazil, China, Columbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Macedonia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

Candidates for admission to the LLM Program in US, International, and Transnational Law must have completed their basic legal preparatory studies outside the United States. Students may only begin in the fall semester. The suggested application deadline is February 1. Applications are available from the Office of International Law and Policy or online at the LLM in US, International, and Transnational Law website.

Application Requirements
  • application for admission
  • $75 application fee
  • personal statement
  • two letters of recommendation
  • official transcripts of all prior legal study and pre-legal study and officially certified English translations
  • TOEFL or IELTS (for non-native speakers of English)
Tuition (2013–2014 Academic Year)
  • Degree-seeking taking 12 or more credit hours per semester: $39,000 per year
  • Scholarship assistance may be available to candidates with strong academic credentials.
Degree Requirements
  • 24 credit hours of coursework, including required courses in Comparative Law and Introduction to the American Legal System.
  • In addition, all students must meet their writing requirement through a seminar, a drafting course, or independent research supervised by a faculty member.

Student Services and Organizations

Chicago-Kent students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities that enhance their academic and social lives through approximately 40 student organizations that are active on campus each year. The Office of Student Services acts as a liaison and advocate in academic, administrative, and personal matters. The Office of Student Professional Development ensures that the needs of all members of Chicago-Kent's minority constituencies are met, while the Safe Space Program provides resources and support for students who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, as well as any students who have questions about gender and sexuality.

Career Services

Chicago-Kent's Career Services Office, with six full-time staff, assists JD and LLM students and alumni in planning or enhancing their careers and mapping out their job search strategies. Available resources include individual counseling, résumé and cover letter reviews, mock interviews, career awareness programs, a job-posting service, and a well-stocked resource center.

The Career Services Office also works closely with the Office of Alumni Relations to introduce students to alumni in the Chicago area and beyond. Through the Alumni Advisor Network, students can search for alumni by practice area and geographic location.

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