Students Say

It’s not exactly a secret that the University of Chicago’s Law School is one of the most highly-regarded and academically rigorous law programs in the entire country, with one of the most competitive acceptance rates to boot. UChicago is “invested in each and every student,” and the “excellent and responsive” administration goes above and beyond to ensure the highest level of success for every student. Students at Chicago are constantly being held to the highest standard of work and preparedness for class, but are “given full support with interesting programming/research facilities/beautiful building and library.”

Overview

Applicants
4,430
Acceptance Rate
18%
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
190

Test Scores

LSAT
166 - 172

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
February 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Overall

Students Say

It’s not exactly a secret that the University of Chicago’s Law School is one of the most highly-regarded and academically rigorous law programs in the entire country, with one of the most competitive acceptance rates to boot. UChicago is “invested in each and every student,” and the “excellent and responsive” administration goes above and beyond to ensure the highest level of success for every student. Students at Chicago are constantly being held to the highest standard of work and preparedness for class, but are “given full support with interesting programming/research facilities/beautiful building and library.” “I’ll always be grateful for the tremendous education that I’ve received here,” says a student.

The intimacy of the program (the whole law school is in one building), small class sizes, and the quarter system also make adjusting to law school easier for 1Ls. “Even in required 1L courses like contracts, which I have no natural interest in, I’m blown away by the intellect and teaching skills of our professors,” says one first-year. “That definitely makes up for the fact that we only get to choose one elective our 1L year.” Many of the 1L doctrinal classes are two quarters long (with a switch halfway between two very different professors), allowing students “to get a more comprehensive understanding of the subject and different ways of looking at it,” and once they’re in the clear of their second year, students find it easy to take classes in other departments.

The “funny and engaging” faculty is understandably incredible—“There really are no bad professors”—and the school places such a high value on the in-class experience that it “will reject a candidate who is a good scholar but bad teacher.” Professors “tolerate pretty much any viewpoint, and will respect your opinion” which “fosters a healthy discussion environment and allows people to be themselves.” The fact that their offices are in the student library makes it “incredibly easy to approach them with questions,” and “the sheer quantity of preeminent experts who are professors here is staggering.” It is “astounding how often you will do a reading and come to find that one of your professors is cited in the reading, or even that they wrote the book.” “How often are you taught by federal judges?” asks a 1L. Research librarians are also great and “always available during building hours.”

The employment rate of students is “phenomenal” and faculty members are “eager to go to bat for their students when it’s time to get clerkships/jobs.”” It seems like every week or two, we have major national firms and agencies flying people out to recruit, and almost nobody had any trouble finding a summer job,” says a 1L. Because of the strong job prospects for anyone who graduates, “there is not a lot of overt competition.” “We were given two pieces of advice during orientation: ‘Don’t talk about grades’ and ‘Don’t be a jerk,’” says a student. “People here live by that advice and it makes it a great place to be.”


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
115

32
Female
15
Minority

Career overview

Career Rating
99
Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
95%
Average Starting Salary
$160,000
% of graduates who are employed within nine months of graduation
98%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
400

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Cravath Swain & Moore, Debvoise & Plimpton, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, Morrison Foerster, Quinn Emanuel, Sidley & Austin, Simpson Thacher, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Sullivan & Cromwell, Wachtell Lipton

Graduates Employed by Area


Graduates Employed by Region

17%
Pacific

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Feb 1

Financial Aid Statistics

% Students Receiving Some Aid
84%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$13,590
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$13,590
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,770

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
604
Parent Institution Enrollement
15,200

Average Age at Entry
24

% Out-of-State
81%
% International
6%

Demographics

28.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
43% female
57% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Facilities are “top-notch” and “the location of the school couldn’t be better.” The area “maintains a lower than expected cost of living while providing quick and easy access to many of the best law firms in the country.” Despite the difficult curriculum, UChicago “does a good job of garnering camaraderie among classmates.” There are “a lot of great opportunities for extra-curricular involvement” and so much going on at any given time that “the biggest challenge is just trying to rule out different options.” Plenty of school-sponsored bonding activities help cement relationships between students. “People are constantly posting jokes/articles/etc on our class Facebook page. There is probably not a single person my year who I couldn’t identify, and there are very few that I haven’t at least spoken to once or twice,” says one student. The Green Lounge (the main atrium at the law school) is “a very social and fun place to be most of the time,” and the social environment is” really fun, especially once 1L finishes and folks move downtown.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide network
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Ann Perry
Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid

Address
1111 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Phone
773-702-9484

Email
admissions@law.uchicago.edu
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Key Stats

4,430
Applicants
604
Size
18%
Acceptance Rate

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