Chicago Program

The Chicago Program offers a semester-long program of Chicago-based courses and events for interested third-year students. Taught by leading practitioners and College faculty, courses include International Bankruptcy, International Tax, Executive Compensation, and the Chicago Litigation Practicum – a simulated federal court litigation that takes students from client interviews, through discovery, through a live motion hearing. Events and lectures are open to all third-year students, offering fantastic opportunities to network with the College’s more than 3,000 Chicago-based alumni.

Launched in 2012, the Chicago Program is designed to enrich the College’s curriculum, expand professional opportunities for students, and involve alumni and other practitioners more closely in the College’s educational mission. The Program has four principal objectives:

  • to provide enhanced skills-related training;
  • to broaden exposure to specialized areas of legal practice;
  • to orient students to the global legal market; and
  • to facilitate connections between students, alumni, and prospective employers in Chicago, the nation, and the world.

Courses are taught in the Illini Center in downtown Chicago, the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, The Chicago Bar Association, and in the offices of several of the nation’s preeminent law firms, including Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Winston & Strawn LLP, Foley & Lardner LLP, and McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Spring 2015 Chicago Program Courses

Law 629: Bankruptcy (streamed content)
Law 692: Access to Justice Practicum
Law 792: Compliance, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility
Law 792: Toxic Torts (Chicago)
Law 792: The Business of Law
Law 793: Advanced Trial Advocacy and Professional Responsibility
Law 793: Advanced Illinois Civil Procedure and Appellate Practice
Law 793: Advanced Trial Advocacy - Intellectual Property
Law 794: Private Investment Funds
Law 794: Executive Compensation
Law 794: Risk Management and Policy Decision-Making
Law 794: International Bankruptcy (Chicago)
Law 794: International Taxation
Law 794: The Chicago Real Estate Practicum
Law 797: Computer Crime and the Legal System

For more information about the Chicago Program, contact:

Associate Dean Jamelle Sharpe
(217) 333-0917

Assistant Dean Virginia Vermillion
(217) 333-1097

Executive Assistant Dean Greg Miarecki
(217) 265-5345