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Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago-Kent College of Law)

The mission of Chicago-Kent College of Law is to train students for the practice of law and to house a vibrant, scholarly community that contributes to academic and public policy discourse on a wide range of legal issues.

Chicago-Kent believes that its mission starts with outstanding faculty members who impart their enthusiasm for law and their intellectual acumen through teaching classes and interacting with students in other settings. Chicago-Kent interweaves theoretical and skills-oriented teaching under the broad umbrella of a scholarly community that encourages students to assist faculty members as they develop scholarship to fuel both academic and public policy debates. Recognizing that students must be able to think like lawyers before they can practice, Chicago-Kent first and foremost teaches students the inner logic of the law.

Chicago-Kent then stresses innovative skills programs that enable students to learn to practice as attorneys. The school’s focus on legal writing, clinical, and trial advocacy programs equips students to hit the ground running upon graduation. In addition, the school’s historical focus on the intersection between law and technology further enhances students’ ability to anticipate future developments in the law.

In January 1992, Chicago-Kent moved to a new, ten-story, state-of-the-art facility in downtown Chicago. The new IIT Downtown Campus houses the law school as well as the university's Stuart Graduate School of Business and Center for Law & Financial Markets.

The extensive computer network created in the building is an essential educational feature of the classrooms and library. Almost all classroom seats, many library carrels and numerous locations throughout the building are tied to the computer network. More than one hundred personal computers are reserved exclusively for law student use and provide access to the local area network and the Internet. Students with their own laptop computers are able to connect into the network at various points throughout the building.

The Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom, named for the distinguished Chicago-Kent graduate and former senior judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, integrates design features from the best courtrooms and trial advocacy training facilities in the nation. Planned for both law school instruction and actual legal proceedings, the Marovitz Courtroom incorporates the latest computer and audiovisual technologies in a traditional setting. Finalists in the Ilana Diamond Rovner Moot Court Competition present their arguments in the Marovitz Courtroom during the spring term of their first year.

The Governor Richard B. Ogilvie Auditorium, named for the prominent Chicago-Kent alumnus and former governor of Illinois, is a 350-seat, two-level auditorium equipped with front- and rear-screen video projection systems and television cameras that can record proceedings. Academic convocations and student assemblies are often transmitted live via the Internet as well as in-house to TV monitors in classrooms and other locations throughout the building.

The downtown campus library is located on levels six through ten of the building and comprises one of the largest law school libraries in the country as well as the Stuart Business Library. The library's tenth-floor reading room is a modern reproduction of a traditional nineteenth century reading room, with a 23-foot high vaulted ceiling and a stunning view of the Chicago skyline. The library is computerized throughout--with a Web-based catalog--and contains special study rooms. Faculty offices encircle three floors of the library to create a sense of community and increase professor/student contact.

Chicago is one of the world's great cities in which to study and practice law. The law school's neighborhood, in downtown Chicago's West Loop, is something of a legal and financial crossroads--and much more. The city is home to hundreds of law-related organizations, from governmental agencies to major law firms to advocacy organizations--dozens of them within a few minutes' walk of Chicago-Kent. For Chicago-Kent students, the city and its opportunities are part of the education.

Chicago-Kent's convenient downtown location gives students extraordinary opportunities to observe the legal system in action, participate in externships, take part in special seminars, and network their ways through Chicago's legal community.

School name:Illinois Institute of TechnologyChicago-Kent College of Law
Address:565 West Adams Street
Zip & city:IL 60661-3691 Illinois

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