President Rev. John I. Jenkins has allocated funds donated by members of the President’s Circle to help with the remodeling and furnishing of office and classroom space for the Notre Dame Law in Chicago program . Launched in the fall of 2012, the program allows law students to work four days per week in Chicago in a non-profit legal organization, governmental law office, judicial chambers, or in-house corporate counsel office while completing related course work. Current students, some of whom have an Illinois student practice license, are prosecuting felony and juvenile criminal cases, representing indigent clients in immigration and family law matters, clerking in judicial chambers, and developing environmental regulations.
Now the Law School program is planning for its new home on the second floor of the Motorola Building in Chicago (the former Sante Fe building). The renovated space will include a conference room and 40-person classroom with videoconferencing capability. This technology will enable Chicago lawyers to teach courses as adjunct professors to students in South Bend as well as Chicago.
Sharing this space with the Law School will be Notre Dame’s Master of Science in Patent Law Program, the Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Master’s (ESTEEM) program, and the College of Arts & Letters.