Outreach and Community Partnerships

The Chicago-Kent community participates in a variety of partnerships and outreach and development programs designed to raise awareness of legal careers among students from underrepresented groups, as well as to help students prepare for law school.

  • Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program: The Chicago-Kent Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program offers a unique and unforgettable experience for college students who are interested in the legal profession. This rigorous three-week program is designed to provide students with a “taste” of the law school experience. It is primarily directed at undergraduate college students from groups that are underrepresented in the legal profession.

  • DiscoverLaw Programming: In partnership with the Chicago Public Schools, we reach out to high school students who may be considering careers in law. Participants are introduced to the law school admissions process, first-year curriculum, and career opportunities in law.

  • JumpStart Program: A free three-day program designed to prepare incoming law students to tackle the challenges they will face in their first year as well as to expose them to the intricacies of the legal profession. Beyond the first three days, the program Includes mentorship and supplemental academic programs during participants’ first year in law school, including but not limited to support with case briefing, outlining, and exam preparation.

Chicago Consortium of Legal Diversity Professionals: A collaboration between diversity leaders from the six Chicago-area law schools. In conjunction with its partners, the consortium works to provide a broader network of resources to Chicago-area law students.