2016 Initiatives


Academic Programs

Academic Programs

Improve our students' academic opportunities

John Marshall's #5-ranked Legal Writing Program has been a national leader in legal writing for decades, as have our #19-ranked Trial Advocacy and #21-ranked Intellectual Property Programs—through innovative, specialized courses; a practice-based curriculum. But recognition of John Marshall's academics goes beyond national rankings.

Our students need and deserve access to enhanced programs, challenging and relevant courses, and the widest possible range of practical experiences. With your support, we will continue to provide a strong foundation in the law, as well as opportunities to study developing practice areas in the context of a practice-oriented legal education.

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Campus Improvements

Campus Improvements

Leave your mark on the new John Marshall

The buildings that house The John Marshall Law School were never built to be educational facilities. Over the years, the law school had been divided up as each new faculty office, classroom, and library carrel was carved out of a dwindling reserve of available space. In 1996, the law school purchased nine floors in the 321 South Plymouth Court building. Yet it was clear that more transformation was needed as the school leadership forecast the future needs of the school.

It is easy to see the power of transformation at the corner of State St. and Jackson Boulevard. The building at 19 W. Jackson, along with our new Student Commons and entrance on State Street, as well as the state-of-the-art Arthur J. Goldberg Memorial Courtroom, reflect the law school's commitment to our students, our academic programs, our alumni, the city of Chicago, and the future of legal education. With your support of our campus, with its new courtrooms and new work environments, our students will have access to the first-class resources and real-world experiences that give them an edge in a competitive market.

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Signature Events

Signature Events

Underwrite the discussions that impact our profession

Signature Events, like the Fred F. Herzog Memorial Lecture and the Belle R. & Joseph H. Braun Memorial Symposium, bring leading scholars, judges, and practicing attorneys to John Marshall to discuss emerging issues in the law. They keep lawmakers and future attorneys abreast of important legal developments, while helping to develop ground-breaking topics and issues, and providing a framework to not only study, but to shape the law.

Our Signature Events offer sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities throughout the year. It is a consolidated effort to seek underwriting support for events and programs for John Marshall, and partnership is an excellent way for you to have exclusive access to our community, receive premier recognition benefits, and better distinguish your firm or company with our students, alumni, and legal professionals around the globe.

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The Annual Fund

The Annual Fund

Join the 1899 Society of Donors

The Annual Fund is the key source of support that impacts virtually everything at John Marshall. This critical source of funding directly benefits current students by supporting student financial aid, faculty and curriculum development, and facility improvements. Annual giving is so important that John Marshall created a giving society to honor its most loyal Annual Fund donors. Donors who have supported the Annual Fund for five or more consecutive years are recognized as members of the 1899 Society. Consistent giving is the cornerstone of the Annual Fund's success. We need your support to carry on the deep and meaningful tradition of transforming lives here at The John Marshall Law School.

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