John Marshall Law School

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions William B. Powers
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $0
Part-time program application fee $0
Besides the fall semester, can enter in winter/spring

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 49.9% – High
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.28
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 153

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 51.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 149-156
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.98-3.52
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.29
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 153

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 38.0%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 148-155
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.94-3.43
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.21
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 151

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
Tax Information Technology
Intellectual Property Real Estate
International Business Law Employee Benefits
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
John Marshall offers clinical opportunities at the Fair Housing Legal Clinic, a Veterans Legal Support Clinic, a Patent Clinic, and an Income Tax Clinic; numerous opportunities in 17 different externship areas, including intellectual property, advocacy, tax, and immigration; numerous foreign study opportunities; and six academic Centers with joint JD/LLM degree offerings.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 281
Seminars 40
Positions available in seminars 1,000
Positions available in simulation courses 1,858
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 90
Student activities (as provided by the school)
John Marshall offers students five honors program opportunities: the John Marshall Law Review, the Journal of Computer and Information Law, the John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law, Moot Court, and the Trial Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Honors Board and Council. In addition to our award-winning Student Bar Association, we support more than 50 unique student organizations.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 80
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 730
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 1,048
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 72
Full-time students involved in field placements 315
Full-time students involved in law journals 316
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 102
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 10

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 50
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 124
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 262
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 9
Part-time students involved in field placements 5
Part-time students involved in law journals 19
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 6
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 2

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 16.4:1 – High
Full- and part-time faculty 202
Full-time minority faculty 24.6%
Part-time minority faculty 15.0%
Total faculty 215
Total faculty (men) 68.8%
Total faculty (women) 31.2%
Total faculty (minorities) 18.1%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#129 Best Law Schools

(4) Ranking by Specialties

#17 in Intellectual Property Law
#121 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#6 in Legal Writing
#54 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 34
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.9
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.4
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.98-3.29
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.28
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 149-156
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 153
Acceptance rate 49.9% – High
Student-faculty ratio 16.4:1 – High
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 54.4% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 87.8% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 88.7% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar IL
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 89.2%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 1479

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 1,200

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 279

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 21.0%
Second-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 7.4%
Female students discontinuing law school 7.4%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Yara Sanatana
Financial aid phone (800) 537-4280
Financial aid application deadline April 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $38,100 per year
Part-time: $27,300 per year
Room and board $14,985
Books $2,340
Miscellaneous expenses $6,524
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? No
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 34.9%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 4.5%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 2.2%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 3.6%
Median grant amount $10,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $6,000–$16,000
Full-time students receiving grants 45.2%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 34.8%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 13.3%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 4.3%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 5.4%
Median grant amount $6,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $3,000–$10,500
Part-time students receiving grants 57.7%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $136,486
Proportion who borrowed 91.5%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 48,798
Microform titles 54,209
Electronic titles 20,345
Other non-book titles 582
Total titles 123,934
Volumes (excluding microforms) 254,585
Volume equivalent microforms 158,935
Total volumes and volume equivalents 413,520
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia No

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 96
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 74
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 22
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 70
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 3
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 63
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 52
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 11
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 52
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 7

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 16
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 12
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 50,000
Total seats available for library users 754
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Our 50,000 sq. ft. law library staffs 16 librarians and houses 412,190 volumes, including exclusive collections of intellectual property law documents (in Chinese), the National Anti-Vivisection Society documents, and significant employee benefits, information technology and privacy law, intellectual property law, international business and trade law, real estate law, and tax law collections.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar IL
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 88.7% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 89.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 384
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 54.4%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 87.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 3.6%
Graduates whose employment status is known 96.4%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 54.4%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 40.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 2.3%
Graduates whose employment status is known 97.7%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 87.8%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 0.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 8.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.5%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $50,000
Median private sector starting salary $70,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $95,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 39%
Median public service starting salary $55,937

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 4.7%
Percent employed in business and industry 23.4%
Percent employed in government 17.8%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 1.8%
Percent employed in law firms 49.9%
Percent employed in public interest 2.4%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 86%
Graduates employed out-of-state 12.2%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 2%
Number of states where graduates are employed 18
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 0.6%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 89.6%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 1.8%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 4.1%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.3%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.2%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 0.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.9%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Each year, the Career Services Office hosts more than 65 career-related programs for student and alumni. Additionally, professional CSO staff members offer full-time, part-time, and evening students specialized support through one-on-one counseling sessions, mock interviews, job search resources, career development workshops, career fairs, employer outreach, and the on-campus interview program.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 69.1%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 88.4%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 17.2%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 74.1%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 11.6%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 92.3%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 2.1%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 71.4%