The DePaul Law experience is uniquely able to broaden and deepen a student’s perspective through distinctive, innovative programs that build on the law school’s strengths and prepare our graduates for emerging fields of practice. This experience is enriched by the law school’s integration throughout the diverse, global city of Chicago, which provides an amazing variety of opportunities for students to learn and apply what they have learned through experiential and public service opportunities
• 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 Juris Doctorate (JD) enrollment in fall 2017 was 724, and its faculty included 39 full-time professors and close to 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 the College’s Field Placement Program, which places students with various government agencies, members of the judiciary, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations and private law firms. It also offers legal clinics that focus on areas such as immigration and asylum, civil litigation and criminal appeals, as well as an innovative Third Year in Practice (3YP) program, providing qualifying students with a unique third-year experience engaging in the actual and simulated practice of law.
The College of Law also is home to eight centers and institutes that emphasize collaborative learning among students and faculty in advancing the law, serving justice and preparing students to participate in these areas. These centers and institutes are an integral part of our programs of excellence, which focus on fields such as health law, intellectual property law, family law, public interest law and public service. Find a complete list of centers and institutes here.
• In keeping with its commitment to provide students and faculty with enriching educational and cultural experiences, the College of Law has study abroad and international exchange programs in Argentina, Costa Rica, Cuba, Germany, Spain and Vienna.
• 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 schools 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.
• The Princeton Review named the College of Law as one of the best 169 law schools in the United States in its 2018 survey of law schools that are accredited by the American Bar Association.
• In 2018, 538 DePaul law alumni were honored by “Super Lawyers IL,” the most of any Illinois law school.
• In 2017, the Law School’s health law program ranked 15th in the nation and its and intellectual property (IP) law program 25th in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report law specialty rankings.
• The College of Law’s health law program also earned an “A-” in the Fall 2017 issue of preLaw magazine, which ranks law schools that provide exceptional offerings in key areas. The College’s international law program earned an “A-” and its human rights law program an “A” in the same issue.
• Two 2017 graduates were selected for highly selective JAG appointments, and two others were chosen for prestigious post-graduate public interest fellowships: one Equal Justice Works Fellowship and one Skadden Fellowship. Additionally, two recent alumni and one student were selected for international criminal tribunal internships in The Hague, The Netherlands.
• The JD program offers eleven certificate programs and eight concentrations in business law, criminal law, family 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.
• Seven joint degree programs are offered: JD/LLM; BA/JD 3+3 (with the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences); 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 Rosato Perea has served as the dean of DePaul University College of Law since July 2015. A nationally recognized leader in legal education, Dean Rosato Perea brings a wealth of experience to DePaul as an experienced administrator, a longtime advocate of active learning and professionalism, and a respected scholar. She is one of only a small number of Latina law school deans in the nation. 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 and the American Bar Association. Dean Rosato Perea has been recognized and honored for her commitment to diversity and access, including presentations on implicit bias for a variety of legal audiences. In 2015, she received the Honorary Fellow Award from the Illinois Bar Foundation. Prior to joining DePaul, she served as dean at Northern Illinois University College of Law for six years.
Dean Rosato Perea earned a BS with distinction from Cornell University and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.