updated 4/20/2011 10:47:13 AM ET 2011-04-20T14:47:13

CHICAGO, April 20, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The John Marshall Law School's combined J.D./LL.M. law degree program saves students time and money while it enhances their job prospects. The accelerated law degree increases student expertise and provides graduates a competitive advantage by allowing them to specialize in a particular area of law.

By taking J.D. and LL.M. courses concurrently, both law degrees can be completed in less time than if the degrees were pursued separately. That can save a law student a considerable amount of tuition. In the J.D. program, students must complete 90 credit hours. The joint degree program allows qualified students to count ten of those hours as credits needed to complete the 24-credit-hour LL.M. program.

Through its Centers for Excellence, The John Marshall Law School in Chicago offers the largest selection of graduate law programs in the Midwest. John Marshall is the only law school in the country offering an LL.M. degree in employee benefits, and it has one of the oldest tax law programs. John Marshall has been a leader in intellectual property law for more than 70 years, and it offered the first, and now the most comprehensive, curriculum in information technology and privacy law. The real estate law program helps attorneys move into the realm of commercial and LEED-certified deals, and the international law curriculum tracks cover both customs and trade law or international banking and finance.

"Today's law school students are increasingly looking for ways to better differentiate themselves. Our recognized graduate law programs consistently demonstrate the strength of specializing to build a student's marketability," says Kathryn Kennedy, associate dean for Advanced Studies and Research and director of the law school's Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits.

For application materials or more information on enrollment in the J.D./LL.M. programs, go to http://www.jmls.edu/academics/it_law/it_joint_degree.shtml or contact Silvia Rodriguez, assistant director of Graduate Admissions and International Services, at 312.360.2658 or srodrigu@jmls.edu.

About The John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago's legal, financial and commercial districts. U.S. News and World Report America's Best Graduate Schools 2011 ranks John Marshall in the top tier of law schools. Its Legal Writing Program is sixth in the nation; Trial Advocacy is 13th and Intellectual Property Law is 20th.

Marilyn Thomas
Director, Public Relations
312-360-2661
6thomas@jmls.edu

The John Marshall Law School
315 S. Plymouth Ct.
Chicago, IL 60604
www.jmls.edu

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