COLLEGE OF LAW
DePaul University's College of Law has been training leaders in the legal profession since 1912. The college challenges and enlightens students by placing the highest priority on innovative programs of instruction that include both traditional classroom theory and professional skills training. Its students, faculty, staff and alumni are committed to serving the public and the legal profession in ways that enhance the social, economic, cultural and ethical values in the broader community.
• Located on DePaul’s Loop Campus at 25 E. Jackson Blvd., the College of Law is only a few blocks from state and federal courts, the Chicago Bar Association headquarters and LaSalle Street, the city’s historic legal and financial center.
• The College of Law’s total J.D. enrollment in fall 2015 was 602 full time and 125 part time.
• The 2014 law faculty included 41 full-time educators and more than 100 adjunct instructors. The mix of academics and practitioners offers students diverse perspectives on legal theory, policy issues and practice matters.
• Hands-on client experience is available to students through nine legal clinics that focus on areas such as immigration and asylum law; technology and intellectual property law; legal transactions related to affordable housing and community development; criminal appeals; mediation; divorce and domestic violence; and civil rights.
The College of Law is home to 13 centers and institutes that emphasize collaborative learning among students and faculty in advancing the law and serving justice. These specialized academic units focus on issues including child and family law, health law, intellectual property law, international aviation law and public interest law. Find a complete list of centers here
• In keeping with its commitment to provide students and faculty with enriching educational and cultural experiences, the College of Law has exchange programs in Austria, Ireland and Spain.
• The College of Law, founded in 1912, celebrated its centennial during the 2012-13 academic year. It was DePaul University’s first postgraduate professional school, and among the first law school’s in Illinois to admit Jewish and female students.
• Since 1992 the College of Law has been a member of the Order of the Coif, the nation's law school honorary society. Coif membership is nationally recognized as a mark of excellence in legal studies.
• DePaul’s clinical, JD/MBA and LLM programs were named the “Best in Chicago” by National Law Journal readers in 2015.
• DePaul was No. 1 on the list of law schools in 2015 with the most graduates recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers. The publication included 327 total DePaul law graduates; 3 alumnae in the top 50 women; 12 alumni in the top 100 and the No. 1 ranked attorney.
• The Princeton Review named the College of Law as one of the best 167 law schools in the United States in its 2012 survey of law schools that are accredited by the American Bar Association. Students surveyed praised the faculty for teaching effectiveness and the school for its strong feeling of community.
• DePaul was distinguished among the nation's top 50 producers of "super lawyers" in the 2011 Super Lawyers U.S. Law School Ranking by Minneapolis-based publisher Law & Politics.
• For more than a decade, DePaul’s health law and intellectual property (IP) law programs have consistently ranked among the top 25 in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Schools.”
• College of Law student Margaret Kuzma was a 2011 recipient of the prestigious Skadden Fellowship, awarded to a select and distinguished group of law students from around the country who, like Kuzma, aim to put their legal skills to work for the public good.
• The Juris Doctorate (JD) program offers 12 certificate programs and seven concentrations in business law, child and family law, criminal law, health law, intellectual property law and information technology, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.
• The Master of Laws program (LLM) offers specialized training in health law, intellectual property, international law and taxation.
• The Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) program is specifically designed for professionals who do not seek to practice law, but who regularly encounter legal issues in their work and/or would benefit from a sophisticated and nuanced understanding of legal reasoning and doctrine.
• Several joint degree programs are offered: JD/MBA (with the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business); JD/MS in Computer Science/Technology (with the College of Computing and Digital Media); JD/MA in International Studies (with the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences); JD/MS in Public Services Management (with the School of Public Service); JD/Master in International & European Business Law with Pontificia Universidad Comillas School of Law in Madrid.
• The College of Law has more than 15,000 living alumni. Graduates include three former mayors of Chicago and public officials at all levels of government; more than 350 current and retired state and federal judges; some of the nation's top trial lawyers; CEOs, CFOs and executives of worldwide corporations; and nationally recognized advocates for social justice and human rights.
• Prominent graduates include former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and his father, the late Mayor Richard J. Daley; William Bauer, senior judge, Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Robert Clifford, founder and partner, Clifford Law Offices; Robert Harris, public guardian, Cook County; Patricia Mendoza, Cook County circuit judge and former chief counsel, Mexican American Legal Education and Defense Fund; Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO, ComEd; Jack Greenberg, former CEO, McDonald’s Corp.; and the late Benjamin Hooks, former executive director of the NAACP.
About the Dean
Jennifer L. Rosato Perea was appointed dean of DePaul University College of Law in July 2015. A nationally recognized leader in legal education, Dean Rosato Perea brings a wealth of experience to DePaul as an administrator, a longtime advocate of active learning and professionalism, and a scholar. She is one of only a small number of Latina law school deans in the nation.
Prior to joining DePaul, Dean Rosato Perea served as dean at Northern Illinois University College of Law for six years. She previously served as acting dean for Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law during its inaugural year and then as senior associate dean for student affairs and professor of law. She also previously served as associate dean for student affairs at Brooklyn Law School, where she was a professor of law and co‐director of the Center for Health, Science and Public Policy. Since joining the academy in 1992, she has taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, New York University School of Law and Villanova University School of Law.
Dean Rosato Perea is an accomplished scholar and expert on family law, bioethics, legal ethics and civil procedure. She has published extensively on diverse legal issues that affect children and families. She has presented nationally and regionally on the future and challenges of legal education before a number of organizations including the Association of American Law Schools, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Women Judges. She also regularly appears in the media as an expert on various legal topics.
Dean Rosato Perea is an active member in numerous organizations, including the prestigious American Law Institute. She serves on the Association of American Law Schools’ Membership Review Committee and recently chaired its New Law Teachers Conference. She also currently serves on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Task Force on Legal Education and Student Debt.
Dean Rosato Perea earned a BS with distinction from Cornell University and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. At Penn, she was editor‐in‐chief of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Business Law and won the Edwin R. Keedy Moot Court Competition. She began her legal career as a clerk for Judge Thomas N. O’Neill Jr. of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, before becoming an associate with Hangley, Connolly, Epstein, Chicco, Foxman & Ewing in Philadelphia.