Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Law.com, Chicago's First Public Law School Makes Its Debut:
Chicago finally has a public law school.
The John Marshall Law School officially welcomed students back to campus on Aug. 26 as the University of Illinois Chicago John Marshall Law School, completing its transition from private, stand-alone institution to part of a large public university.
Administrators went public in November 2017 with their plans for the university to acquire the law school, saying that joining forces would strengthen both entities and make legal education in the Windy City more affordable. (No money exchanged hands, and all of John Marshall’s assets transferred to the university.) John Marshall had been an independent law school for its 120-year existence.
The law school remains at its longtime downtown Chicago home, not far from the main UIC campus. With the change, Chicago now has five private law schools and one public law campus. Law.com caught up with law dean Darby Dickerson to discuss the transition and what difference returning students will—and won’t—notice. Her answers have been edited for length and clarity.
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