The National Jurist Names The John Marshall Law School in Chicago Among Best in the Country for Providing Law Students Practical Training

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The practical training law students receive at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago has been deemed among the best in the country by The National Jurist magazine. John Marshall earned an A- from the publication that is followed by current and future law students, law educators and the legal community.

The practical training law students receive at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago has been deemed among the best in the country by The National Jurist magazine. John Marshall earned an A- from the publication that is followed by current and future law students, law educators and the legal community.

“We are very proud that our practice-ready curriculum is being singled out as among the best,” Dean John E. Corkery said. “Preparing our students through real-world experience is one of our top priorities.”

John Marshall requires more practical training (by credit hours) than many other law schools in the nation. The law school requires all law students to complete three credits – a minimum of 168 hours – of an externship or clinical experience by the time they graduate.

Anthony Niedwiecki, associate dean of Skills, Experiential Learning & Assessment, called the high, growing rank a testament to John Marshall’s mission of getting law students out of the classroom and in front of clients and cases.

“We have been ahead of other law schools in assessing what employers want and how to prepare our students to meet those evolving needs,” Niedwiecki said. “The best part is that so many of our students receive incredible hands-on training by contributing back to those in need in their community.”

John Marshall offers 10 clinical experiences through its Community Legal Clinics, including the nationally recognized Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic and the Fair Housing Legal Clinic. U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools has ranked John Marshall’s Lawyering Skills Program second and its Intellectual Property Law program 12th in the nation for two years in a row.

The National Jurist rates law schools not only by the number of students involved in externships or clinics, but also by those who participate in interschool competitions. John Marshall offers law students several opportunities to sharpen and demonstrate their written, oral advocacy, litigation and lobbying skills through nationally recognized honors programs. John Marshall students consistently win and are praised at regional and national competitions.

The John Marshall Law School Moot Court Program was ranked No. 17 in the nation in the University of Houston Law Center Blakely Advocacy Institute Rankings in 2012-2013. Students competing in both Moot Court and John Marshall’s Trial Advocacy & Dispute Resolution programs have created proud, long-standing legacies of excellence. Since 2008, John Marshall students have either won or placed in the finals every year but one in the National Animal Law Competition. The John Marshall team was named national champions in 2014’s National Animal Law Legislative Drafting and Lobbying Competition.

The latest rankings can be found in the upcoming March issue of The National Jurist.

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