JD Program Overview

General JD Program Requirements

One of the things that makes UIC John Marshall so special is the variety and number of courses we offer our students. Regardless of which of our courses interest you, you'll develop the strategic, analytical, and transactional skills that are so valuable to employers. We specialize in educating attorneys who can succeed from their first day on the job.

The juris doctor (JD) program consists of a required core curriculum that all students must pass in order to graduate. These courses, listed on the proposed degree tracks below, provide students with a fundamental store of knowledge and skills related to substantive legal concepts and rules, including analysis of cases, statutes, and other sources of law; recognition of relevant facts from a mass of raw data; effective oral and written communication; advocacy; and organization and management of legal work and ideas. Remaining credit hours for the JD are fulfilled by selecting electives from substantive areas of law, including business law, employee benfits, estate planning, information technology law, intellectual property law, international law, public interest law, real estate law, and more.

To successfully earn a JD from UIC John Marshall, degree candidates must:

  • earn credit for at least 90 semester hours of law study,
  • obtain an overall GPA of 2.25 or better, and
  • earn a minimum of 3 clinical and/or externship credit hours.

Lawyering Skills Program

A foundational component of the JD curriculum, the Lawyering Skills Program teaches students practical lawyering skills, including legal reasoning, legal research, oral advocacy, drafting, and client counseling over the course of four semesters. That’s double the training you’d receive at most law schools. All Lawyering Skills courses are taught in small sections to provide students the level of personalized instruction they need to succeed throughout law school.

JD Concentrations

JD concentrations offer degree candidates the opportunity to go beyond their foundational knowledge of law to develop further competitive distinction at the JD level. All concentrations are designed to serve the candidate as a guide for selecting electives in specific areas of study and to develop the practice-ready skills that employers seek in career applicants. Each concentration has specific requirements and elective courses a student may take in order to earn the certificate.

JD candidates can pursue a concentration in one of the following areas:

JD Clinical & Externship Opportunities

UIC John Marshall Law School’s JD program provides students the opportunity to gain an understanding of the basic competencies expected of attorneys. In addition to the many courses that help meet this commitment, John Marshall has a number of clinical and externship opportunities for which students can earn credit while gaining legal work experience and distinguishing their career candidacy. A maximum of 15 clinic or externship hours may be credited toward the JD credit requirements.

Clinical opportunities are open to students after they complete their first-year required courses. Students may register for a clinic through the clinic application process that takes place every semester before registration. Students selecting their first clinical opportunity must register for both the complementary course seminar and clinical placement components.

Externship Program

Externship positions are available with a number of judges, approved non-profit organizations, and government agencies. In order to receive credit for an externship, students must have completed their first year of academic study (30 credits). To register for an externship, students must select the position from a list of approved opportunities and submit an application to the externship director.