The Chicago Program

The Chicago Program offers semester-long Chicago-based courses and events for interested third-year students.

Taught by leading practitioners and College faculty, courses are taught in the Illini Center in downtown Chicago, The Chicago Bar Association, and in the offices of several preeminent law firms, including Winston & Strawn, Foley & Lardner, Steptoe & Johnson, and Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella.

Events and lectures are open to all third-year students, offering fantastic opportunities to network with the College’s more than 4,000 Chicago-based alumni. Launched in 2012, the Chicago Program is designed to enrich the College’s curriculum, expand professional opportunities for students, and involve alumni and other practitioners more closely in the College’s educational mission.

The Program has four principal objectives:

  • to provide enhanced skills-related training;
  • to broaden exposure to specialized areas of legal practice;
  • to orient students to the global legal market; and
  • to facilitate connections between students, alumni, and prospective employers in Chicago, the nation, and the world.


Professors are College of Law faculty and leading practitioners predominately from Chicago-area law firms, corporations, government agencies, and public interest organizations. They offer real-world experience and advice to students, helping the transition from law student to lawyer.

The innovative curriculum engages students with insight into timely and relevant areas of legal practice as well as practical skills training essential to new practicing lawyers.

Students network with professors, panelists, legal professionals, and the College’s Chicago-based alumni at program events and lectures.

The flexible schedule allows students to work part-time during the week, providing the opportunity for students to start post-graduation jobs early; intern with firms, government agencies, and judges to gain valuable experience; and interview with prospective employers.

Course offerings

Law 679: Criminal Procedure: Adjudication (video-streamed from Champaign)
Law 692: Field Placements – Corporate Counsel
Law 792: Cybersecurity & the Legal System
Law 792 : Healthcare Law, Bioethics, and the In-House Lawyer
Law 792 : Advanced Legal Reasoning Workshop
Law 792: Law Practice Technology & Business Operations 
Law 792 : Complex Litigation: Class Actions, Mass Actions, and Related Topics
Law 793 : Advanced Trial Advocacy and Professional Responsibility
Law 793 : e-Discovery
Law 793: Pre-Trial Litigation (Chicago)
Law 794 : Executive Compensation
Law 794 : Mergers & Acquisitions
Law 794 : Applied Contracts: The Anatomy of Corporate Finance Transactions and Documentation
Law 794: International Bankruptcy
Law 794: Corporate Reorganizations
Law 798 : Corporate Counsel Seminar – Intersession
Law 798 : The Law as a Changing Business