Access Group Grant Supports Chicago-Kent College of Law Diversity Program

Chicago-Kent College of Law has received a $102,000 grant from the Access Group Center for Research & Policy Analysis to support a summer program for college students that promotes diversity in the legal profession.

The law school’s Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars Program, launched in 2002, seeks to provide undergraduate students, from groups that are underrepresented in law school and in the legal profession, with a deeper understanding of legal education and the various careers in the legal profession, and with insight into successfully navigating the law school application and admissions process.

“The Access Group Center for Research & Policy Analysis is pleased to award the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law a $102,000 grant to enhance the PreLaw Undergraduate Scholars program. Access Group is committed to addressing gaps in the educational pipeline and to funding programs like the one at Chicago-Kent that share this commitment,” said Christopher P. Chapman, president and chief executive officer of Access Group.

Students who attend Chicago-Kent’s program, held for three weeks each summer, take doctrinal and experiential skills-based courses adapted from the law school’s curriculum and taught by law school faculty. They visit state and federal courts, take part in a mock trial competition, learn about the law school application and admission process, discuss career options, and meet leaders in the legal profession.


A diverse group of 19 undergraduate students attended Chicago-Kent’s PLUS Program in 2016.

“I want to make students aware of the multiple career opportunities that exist for those with law degrees, either in traditional legal roles or non-traditional roles in business and other industries. Additionally, I want students to understand how lawyers and other legal professionals are uniquely positioned to impact social change and access to justice,” said Marsha Ross-Jackson, program director, senior lecturer and assistant dean for student professional development and diversity at Chicago-Kent. “I also want to encourage them to begin developing and maintaining relationships with professionals who are willing and able to help them navigate their careers.”