John Marshall’s International Law and ADR Programs Rated Among Nation’s Best for Second Consecutive Year

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Specialty programs at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago have once again been rated among the nation’s best. For the second year in a row, preLaw magazine rated John Marshall as one of the top law schools in the country for its Alternative Dispute Resolution and International Law programs.

John Marshall was the only law school in Illinois to receive an A rating in international law and an A- rating in alternative dispute resolution. The law school’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program also received and A- in 2017, while John Marshall’s International Law Program moved up from A- in 2017 to an A in 2018.

John Marshall’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program is part of the law school’s Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution, which offers a J.D. Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution. The certificate allows graduates to distinguish themselves by honing their practical skills in arbitration, client counseling, mediation and negotiation. Students also must complete an approved externship.

“At John Marshall, we have a long tradition of excellence in our Advocacy and Dispute Resolution program,” said Kelly Navarro, Associate Director of John Marshall’s Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution. “We offer a wide variety of alternative dispute resolution courses and an ADR certificate program. Our mediation, arbitration, negotiation and client counseling teams are highly competitive and we host an American Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution competition each year.”

“Through our clinical program, students become certified mediators and mediate cases in the Cook County court system. Students also work in a variety of alternative dispute resolution-related externship placements. Our program emphasizes professionalism, collegiality and collaboration,” said Navarro.

John Marshall’s International Law program also earned top honors from preLaw magazine, which noted the growing importance of international law in an increasingly global and interconnected world.

“With the ever-changing international landscape, it is more essential than ever that lawyers have a grounding in the world of international business and trade law. The John Marshall LL.M. in International Business & Trade Law introduces our students not just to doctrinal international law, but also to faculty and students trained in a wide array of legal cultures. We are delighted that the program has been recognized for its excellence,” said Professor Paul Lewis, Director of the Center for International Law.

John Marshall offers J.D. and LL.M. students a variety of certificate programs, including one in International Human Rights and three in International Business and Trade Law.

The law school’s Center for International Law also sponsors a variety of programs, seminars and conferences, manages the Global Markets Law Journal and regularly welcomes visiting international lawyers, judges and scholars. On April 10, the Center will welcome Judge Joan E. Donoghue of the International Court of Justice to speak at John Marshall’s annual Herzog Memorial Lecture Series.

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