College of Law Launches Chicago Program

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The College of Law is pleased to announce the launch of an innovative Chicago Program, 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: (1) to provide enhanced skills-related training; (2) to broaden exposure to specialized areas of legal practice; (3) to orient students to the global legal market; and (4) to facilitate connections between students, alumni, and prospective employers in Chicago, the nation, and the world. 

The Chicago Program will commence in summer 2012 with a two-credit course on The Legal Profession, designed to expose rising 2L and 3L students to the evolving state of global legal practice. The course will be taught at the Illini Center on Chicago’s signature Wacker Drive by Dean Bruce Smith, in collaboration with experienced lawyers drawn predominately from Chicago-area corporations, governmental agencies, law firms, and public interest organizations. In association with the Program’s launch, the College will host a number of Chicago-area events (including seminars and social gatherings) open to alumni and current students. Additional Chicago-based courses and events are anticipated during the 2012-13 academic year.

“The College of Law enjoys strong connections with Chicago – the nation’s second largest legal market. Nearly 3,000 alumni of the College live and work in the Chicagoland area, where the Illinois degree commands great respect. We are confident that the Chicago Program will broaden the professional horizons of our students and strengthen the important and enduring connections between the College and leading practitioners in Chicago and further afield,” said Dean Smith.