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Chicago Consortium of Law School Diversity Professionals JumpStart Program Heading link

For Admitted Law Students

JumpStart is a free program that takes place each August and brings together incoming first-year students from all six Chicago law schools: IIT Chicago-Kent, DePaul, UIC Law, Loyola, Northwestern, and the University of Chicago. The three-day JumpStart program will help you confront the challenges that all students face during their first year of law school. It is designed to engage students in a series of interconnected sessions that illuminate the crucial components to law school success and satisfaction, and optimize career planning.

JumpStart is sponsored and organized by the Chicago Consortium of Law School Diversity Professionals in partnership with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. Admitted students will receive more information about applying to JumpStart in July.

Pre-Law Workshops Heading link

For College Students

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is always open to sharing more information about admissions, the JD curriculum, and the student experience.

If you’d like to speak more about attending UIC Law, email or schedule an appointment with Assistant Dean Tania Luma.

For UIC college students, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion will be working on pre-law workshops and programs at UIC’s main campus. If you’re a UIC student and would like more information about pre-law programs at UIC, please email for more information.

For High School Students

The Summer Legal Institute is a one-week legal immersion program for high school students in Chicago. The goal of the SLI is to enhance skill sets that are essential for students to progress successfully through high school, college, and law school. Scholars experience interactive sessions that help develop skills such as reading, writing, critical thinking, professional etiquette, financial literacy, and public speaking. Through a unique curriculum designed to enhance these skill sets, the SLI program inspires diverse students to pursue advanced degrees and careers in the legal profession. The SLI takes place every August. If you’d like more information, please visit