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 are taught in the Illini Center in downtown Chicago, the Dirksen Federal Building, the Chicago Bar Association, and in the offices of several preeminent law firms, including Winston & Strawn, Kirkland & Ellis, and McDermott Will & Emery. 

Events and lectures are open to all third-year students, offering fantastic opportunities to network with the College’s more than 4,000 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.


Professors are College of Law faculty and leading practitioners predominately from Chicago-area law firms, corporations, government agencies, and public interest organizations. They offer real-world experience and advice to students, helping the transition from law student to lawyer. 

The innovative curriculum engages students with insight into timely and relevant areas of legal practice as well as practical skills training essential to new practicing lawyers.

Students network with professors, panelists, legal professionals, and the College’s Chicago-based alumni at program events and lectures.

The flexible schedule allows students to work part-time during the week, providing the opportunity for students to start post-graduation jobs early; intern with firms, government agencies, and judges to gain valuable experience; and interview with prospective employers. 

Select course offerings

  • Advanced Illinois Civil Procedure and Appellate Practice
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy and Professional Responsibility
  • Bankruptcy (streamed content)
  • Compliance, Ethics, and Professional Responsibility
  • Computer Crime and the Legal System
  • Executive Compensation
  • International Bankruptcy
  • International Taxation
  • Private Investment Funds
  • Risk Management and Policy Decision-Making
  • The Business of Law
  • The Chicago Real Estate Practicum
  • Toxic Torts: Theory and Practice