DePaul University College of Law challenges and enlightens students by placing the highest priority on innovative programs of instruction that include both traditional classroom theory and professional skills training. We are distinguished by our highly successful centers and institutes, which emphasize collaborative learning among students and faculty in advancing the law and serving justice. Located in a vibrant urban environment, the College of Law brings together students, faculty, staff and alumni committed to serving the public and the legal profession in ways that enhance the social, economic, cultural and ethical values in the broader community. The College of Law is part of a university that derives its fundamental mission from St. Vincent de Paul, who advocated the acceptance of all people and devoted his life to helping the disadvantaged lead dignified lives. We seek diversity in students’ special talents, qualities, interests and socioeconomic backgrounds in creating a culture in which student learning is central.
DePaul College of Law students can expect an academic environment that weaves together education, experience, service and community.
Education. We’re proud of our world-renowned faculty and respected leaders in legal scholarship and social advocacy. Professors at the College of Law focus on innovative programs of instruction that include both traditional classroom theory and professional skills training. Our centers and institutes emphasize collaborative learning among students and faculty in advancing the law and serving justice. Alongside our 10 clinical programs, these specialized academic units serve as vehicles to engage our professors and students with legal issues in the community.
Experience. The College of Law campus is situated in the vibrant heart of urban Chicago—itself an ideal classroom. Our academic programs take full advantage of it, for everything from research and internships to field placement programs and service-learning opportunities. Many professors work in Chicago and their teaching incorporates real-world experience that translates beyond the classroom.
Service. We bring together students, faculty, staff and alumni committed to serving the public and the legal profession in ways that enhance the social, economic, cultural and ethical values in the broader community. In practice, that means our faculty, staff and students apply their knowledge and talents in ways that contribute to social justice, economic prosperity for all, cultural richness and an ethical approach to every aspect of life. By nurturing diversity and multiple viewpoints into academic and student life, we provide learning experiences that better reflect — and prepare students for — the world.
Community. At DePaul, tradition underlies everything. As a member of the DePaul University family, students are constantly exposed to extraordinary cultural, civic and professional experiences and limitless opportunities for academic growth. With more than 100,000 DePaul alumni in the metropolitan area and more than 150,000 around the world, students make connections that impact their education and provide future career opportunities.