The National Jurist Names Illinois Law to Its 2012 List of Most Innovative Law Schools

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The National Jurist – one of the nation’s leading publications devoted to legal education – has named the University of Illinois College of Law to its 2012 list of most innovative law schools based on the College’s creative and novel approaches to professional development and career placement. Other institutions recognized by the publication include Stanford Law School, the University of North Carolina School of Law, and Tulane Law School.

The College was recognized for a range of initiatives designed to maximize the professional development of its students and recent graduates, including:

  • the recruitment of a now-former partner of an AmLaw 50 firm to head the College’s career services offices, as well as his siting in Chicago – the nation’s second largest legal market;
  • the design and implementation of a proprietary dashboard that feeds real-time data to career services professionals and the dean, enhancing professional counseling and departmental communication;
  • the creation of a set of postgraduate public interest fellowships designed to jumpstart permanent public service careers; and
  • the launch of the College’s highly successful Chicago Program, which seeks to expose students to various business-related aspects of the legal profession and to strengthen their connections to leading practitioners in the city.

“The College of Law has the privilege of training some of the nation’s finest future lawyers, and we are committed to working with them to achieve their highest professional potential,” said Dean Bruce Smith. “The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is known around the world as a place of pioneering innovation. We are gratified to be recognized for our own innovative leadership in the critical area of professional development and placement – arguably the most critical aspect of any law school’s mission.”