The Office of Professionalism & Career Strategy

The goal of The John Marshall Law School’s Office of Professionalism and Career Strategy, directed by retired Illinois Appellate Court Justice Margaret O’Mara Frossard, is to help students develop their sense of professionalism and engagement with their education. The office will work to improve the delivery of services to students while providing the foundation for professionalism and preparing students to become responsible, dignified members of the legal community. Deans, faculty, and staff will be involved in fostering those efforts by modeling professional conduct for students. Members of the legal community, including judges, practitioners, and alumni, will also be involved in helping students achieve these goals.

Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program

John Marshall’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program allows a mentor and a new-lawyer mentee to receive up to 6 hours of professional responsibility CLE credit free upon successful completion of the program. On October 17, 2011, The John Marshall Law School was the first law school in the State of Illinois to launch the Illinois Supreme Court approved Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program through the Office of Professionalism and Career Strategy in collaboration with the Supreme Court Professionalism Commission.

Job Placement Initiative of the Office of Professionalism & Career Strategy

In April 2011, the Office of Professionalism and Career Strategy began placing students and graduates in jobs in the legal profession. The Director, Justice Margaret O’Mara Frossard (Ret.), meets regularly with leading Chicago professionals to explore and secure job opportunities for students and graduates of The John Marshall Law School.

Professionalism & Career Strategy Presentation

An innovative professionalism and engagement presentation invites experienced members of the legal community—including judges, practitioners, alumni, and other professionals—to visit a wide spectrum of classes during each academic semester. After briefly discussing their own legal careers, the professionals then explain to students what professionalism means in the workplace, how to resolve ethical challenges, how to achieve the skills valued by employers, and how to market those skills.

Law School Survey of Student Engagement

The John Marshall Law School participates in the nationally recognized survey that examines trends related to professionalism and engagement. Data collected from John Marshall students is benchmarked against data from other law schools. Our goal is to improve the delivery of services to John Marshall students while encouraging professionalism and engagement in students preparing to enter the competitive legal market.

Professionalism & Career Strategy Luncheon

Beginning with the 2011–2012 academic year, John Marshall will hold professionalism and engagement appreciation luncheons in an effort to allow judges, practitioners, students, and alumni to make new connections, solidify existing relationships, and thank members of the legal community who have supported The John Marshall Law School.