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School of Amerikan Law

School of Amerikan Law

  For Lawyers from Turkey 

 IIT, Chicago-Kent College of Law  Announces

LL.M Program in Istanbul, Turkey and afterwards in Chicago, Illinois, USA

with 75 % and 100% Guaranteed Tuition Scholarships 


IIT, Chicago-Kent College of Law - US based Law School along with School of American Law Turkey announces two interlinked programs with 75% and 100% guaranteed tuition scholarships for lawyers from Turkey.  

 1. School of American Law SAL Program in Istanbul, Turkey and afterwards   

2. LL.M Program in Chicago, IL, USA   

SAL Program covers two semesters in Istanbul, Turkey: January-May 2020 (the first semester) and September-December 2020 (the second semester). Two semesters include ten mandatory courses conducted in English and delivered solely by Chicago-Kent Professors visiting from USA & UK. Ten mandatory courses cover contemporary subjects: International Business Transactions, E-Commerce, Online Contracting, Antitrust Law, IP Asset Management, Global Intellectual Property Law, Trademark Law, Comparative Law, Introduction to American Legal Systems & Legal Writing.  

Learning mode is only one course per month (five courses per semester) covering only weekends through full day lecture starting at 10am by 5pm. In total, 5 weekends will be covered each semester by the live classes; besides, pre- and after-class readings and exam submission shall be expected from students. Nevertheless, SAL Program blended structure combines five courses with intensive live classes in Istanbul and five courses with online classes. Students who can take a weekend away from work and family and would like to spend more time in classroom with Chicago-Kent Professors’ and colleagues’ environment, are invited to Istanbul once a month for all ten mandatory courses. Those students who reside out of Istanbul and cannot physically attend the live classes, are offered to take five courses online while remain five courses shall be taken through live classes. Under this option, students may initially choose which structure is preferable for them while studying at SAL Program. SAL Program will notify students which five courses might be taken online.   

After completing SAL Program, graduates continue LL.M education at Chicago-Kent in Chicago, IL, USA. Master’s study at Chicago-Kent is finished with earning LL.M in “U.S., International and Transnational Law” in one semester (five months) instead of regular one academic year. This is a legal study for postgraduate academic degree duration of which is five months for SAL Graduates. For graduates who held SAL Certificate, LL.M degree in Chicago is earned by completing one semester full time study, meanwhile, they may choose to continue another semester at Chicago-Kent for continuation their educational (Ph. D) and professional (BAR exam) achievement.  

Our Program graduates will receive:

1. After graduating SAL Program in Istanbul - Certificate of Completion of School of American Law. Certificate will be issued by SAL and Chicago-Kent jointly and signed by the Dean of Chicago-Kent College of Law and Head of SAL Program; 

2. After graduating IIT, Chicago-Kent College of Law – LL.M Diploma from IIT, Chicago-Kent College of Law.   

SAL Program was established in 2012 in cooperation with IIT, Chicago-Kent College of Law with the mission of expanding knowledge, promoting global law and providing equal access to contemporary legal education for emerging market countries’ lawyers. Since its establishment, SAL Programs have been launched in Georgia, Azerbaijan, Greece covering 12 countries from Balkans, Mediterranean and Europe, Kazakhstan covering all five countries of Central Asia. Since 2012, SAL Program educated more than 550 students from Georgia, Azerbaijan, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, France, Bulgaria, Romania, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. In early 2018 SAL was launched in Istanbul, Turkey partnering with Merit Risk Management and Consultancy LLC (MERİT RİSK) to host Turkish students with opportunity to receive an immersive overseas experience and gain the global competencies that will define their future role in the global landscape. Currently, 26 Turkish lawyers in Istanbul are studying at SAL Turkey for further continuation of LL.M education in Chicago based on 75%-100% scholarship.   


Our Program Advantages 

➢ Getting benefits from the blended structure of SAL Program starting in Istanbul without leaving current jobs by attending interactive live and/or online classes. Blended structure allowing to complete SAL Program in Istanbul though combined intensive five live courses and five courses through digital media from traditional classroom; 

➢ TOEFL Waiver for SAL & LL.M applications without taking TOEFL or IELTS exam; 

➢ Preferential and immediate Admission to Chicago-Kent LL.M after completion of SAL Program;

➢ Earning LL.M in “U.S., International and Transnational Law” at Chicago-Kent in one semester instead of one academic year;

➢ Guaranteed 75% and 100% tuition scholarships;   

➢ Opportunity for SAL Graduates to earn LL.M degree within two semesters in the most demanding directions: LL.M in Trial Advocacy, LL.M in International Intellectual Property Law, LL.M in Financial Service Law & LL.M in Legal Innovation & Technology with 75% scholarships (The specialized LL.M programs require the first semester begin in the fall term at Chicago-Kent. A spring start at Chicago-Kent is not possible for the specialized LL.M. programs);  

➢ After completing master’s study at Chicago-Kent, graduates may continue Doctoral study (Ph.D./SJD) with 75% tuition scholarships;  ➢ Affordable tuition payment plan within two or more installments while studying at SAL Program & Chicago-Kent; 

➢ Deferring Chicago-Kent’s Admission for LL.M during the next three academic years; SAL Graduates interested in earning LL.M. in “U.S. International and Transnational Law” can start their LL.M study any semester – either spring or fall term and finish that in one semester or two semesters; 

➢ On-campus & off-campus employment opportunities in the USA;  ➢ Access to externships and internships in the USA;  ➢ The world best location - downtown campus of Chicago-Kent is located in the heart of Chicago - one of the nation's top legal & financial markets;  ➢ Development a strong professional network, foster connections with a diverse community of professionals across the USA . will be an invaluable resource for locating prospective employers and clients.   


Program impact on applicants’ career 

➢ In past years, after graduation from Chicago-Kent LL.M program, graduates have continued career building in the states by passing US Bar exam and applying for OPT (permission to work for one year in the USA); 

➢ Others have returned to the practice of law in their respective countries with a better understanding of contemporary law and the ability to work better with international, European and US lawyers, law firms and government agencies.  Most of them was immediately promoted or integrated into leading business industries or top law firms; 

➢ In each case, the knowledge obtained, and the network developed in Chicago through the Chicago-Kent SAL program continue to have enormous personal and professional value.  


Scholarships & Tuition Fee 

➢ Tuition fee for SAL Program amounts to USD 5900. Tuition is payable in three installments but for those students who select advance payment option the tuition fee will be 5500 USD. 

➢ Students and graduates of Özyeğin University will enjoy 10% lower tuition. Tuition fee for SAL Program amounts to USD 5300 for students and graduates of Özyeğin University.

➢ Tuition fee for LL.M at Chicago-Kent College of Law amounts to USD 10 000 instead of regular USD 44 000 after guaranteed 75% scholarships; payment for LL.M study shall be made at Chicago-Kent after Students’ arrivals in Chicago; 

➢ Full (100%) tuition scholarship for LL.M study is established by Chicago-Kent College of Law. To qualify for the scholarship, students must maintain minimum 3.8 final GPA at SAL. The Dean of Chicago-Kent and Head of SAL Worldwide will review applications from students who meet that condition and select the most qualified student; 

➢ Tuition fee for the optional second semester of “U.S., International and Transnational Law” LL.M at Chicago-Kent College of Law amounts to USD 7250 instead of USD  22 000. For the specialized LL.M programs which require mandatory two semesters, the first semester is USD 10 000 and second semester is USD 7250. 

 Who should apply for this program? 

➢ Those who are interested in LL.M study at Chicago-Kent must have a first degree in Law (LL. B) or shall be last year law school student; applicant should also demonstrate aptitude through undergraduate and graduate grades, or through relevant work experience;  

➢ Those who are interested to master their education in business law and get SAL Certificate only - any highereducated applicant (having bachelor’s Diploma or being last year student at universities or similar higher educational establishments providing degree level of BA) may submit documentation to SAL Program.  


Application Deadline is December 5, 2019; Applicants are required to submit the following documents electronically

➢ CV in English; 

➢ One letter of reference originally written or translated in English by indicating referee’s contact information; 

➢ Copy of diploma or university statement for Bachelor students; 

➢ Copy of the Passport and/or ID. 



The documents should be sent to the following email addresses: 









Employment Issues

After completion of two semesters LL.M graduate are eligible for off-campus employment. Work permits are required for all off-campus employment and may be granted by the U.S. immigration authority for paid practical training. Students with F1 visas may apply for a 12-month period of Optional Practical Training (OPT), which begins after the completion of their twosemester study, during which student with F1 status who has completed his/her degrees for more than nine months are permitted by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to work for one year under Employment Authorization Card on a student visa towards getting practical training to complement their education.  


BAR Exam

Bar Exams are administered nation-wide in February and July. Bar admissions requirements differ from state to state and as a result, students are advised to visit the web site of their state bar office for the most accurate information. For information on various exams and links to most state bar authorities, visit the web site of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.  


llinois Institute of Technology – a Ph.D.- granting research university with wide range of programs – is uniquely positioned to understand the interrelationship of globalized legal marketplace all over the world. Chicago-Kent College of Law is nationally recognized the second oldest law school in the state of Illinois. Chicago-Kent was gained accreditation by the American Bar Association in 1936 and membership in the Association of American Law Schools in 1951. In 2018-2019 US News & World Reports, No1 Ranking Agency assigned the following ranking to Chicago-Kent among the most demanded and popular programs: Trial Advocacy the 5th place IP Law the 13th place, Legal Writing the 17th place. According to US News & World Reports, Chicago-Kent graduate employment rate right after the graduation amounts to 66.2% and 90.7% within 9 months following the graduation.   

Useful Links: 

School of American Law: www.salchicagokent.com

Chicago-Kent College of Law: www.kentlaw.iit.edu

Business Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SALTurkey/

What Makes a Law School Great: Inside Chicago-Kent: http://youtu.be/pKu1V5UTjUQ 


For more information, please contact our official representative:  Mehmet Ardıç,  Founder Director of SAL Turkey,  Risk Manager at Merit Risk,  Email: mehmet.ardic@meritrisk.com.tr, Tel: +90 546 646 80 20, Office Tel: +90 216 401 2002