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The University of Chicago Law School

Each year, we seek to create a community from among the best, brightest, and most academically oriented law school applicants. We are seeking students who are intellectually curious, lively, collegial, and rigorous in their academic approach. We look for students who will take their legal education seriously without taking themselves too seriously. Because we are preparing students to enter a multi-faceted profession, we look for multi-dimensional students with a wide range of talents, backgrounds, experiences, and accomplishments.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 610
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 167 - 173
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.65 - 3.96
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 91.14%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 99.0%
In State Tuition $50,727

Overview

Overview

About The University of Chicago Law School

Each year, we seek to create a community from among the best, brightest, and most academically oriented law school applicants. We are seeking students who are intellectually curious, lively, collegial, and rigorous in their academic approach. We look for students who will take their legal education seriously without taking themselves too seriously. Because we are preparing students to enter a multi-faceted profession, we look for multi-dimensional students with a wide range of talents, backgrounds, experiences, and accomplishments.

Reviews

The rigorous and ultra-prestigious Law School at The University of Chicago offers “an incredibly dynamic educational environment full of quirky but brilliant professors and an eclectic mix of students.” “Expectations are high” and a unique trimester system means “There is little rest for the weary.” Even so, students report, “There is no other place like The University of Chicago when it comes to intellectual curiosity.” Course work is cerebral and highly analytical. Classes “have a strong theoretical bent” and are “geared to those who like thinking about the law.” Chicago is virtually synonymous with the interdis­ciplinary combination of law and economics. The humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences are all integrated into the curriculum as well. Students swear that their school has, “without a doubt, the best faculty in the country.” The professors are “unquestionably the greatest part of this school.” Somehow “they manage to produce brilliant work” while maintaining “a real emphasis on teaching” and making students “feel like top priority.” “It’s incredible to take classes from...Richard Epstein, and numerous others as a 1L, and to find out how accessible they are,” beams one satisfied student. These “rock stars of legal academia” “treat students with respect,” “are often in the common areas, and readily have lunch with students.” “I have been amazed by the accessibility of my professors, particularly considering who they are,” says a 3L. “They are always available for office hours.” “The professors can help you get amazing jobs, can impart unparalleled wisdom, and are the people who write the books you use,” explains another student. “I don’t know where they find the time.”The administration “makes the experience seamless” and is quite popular with most students. “I would call the administration extremely overqualified if it weren’t for the negative implications of that label,” says a 1L. “I can’t imagine a more enthusiastic and at-your-service administration.” “The law school tries harder than any other school I’ve heard of to make its students happy,” declares another student. Career Services does a good job too. There are “no worries about jobs.” “Over 400 employers compete for only 190 students in each class,” so “everyone will get a great job (public or private) making top dollar.” There are some complaints, though. “The grading system is a little bizarre. It’s tough on the ego because nearly everyone gets the same grade.” Students must “lottery” into many seminars and clinical programs. Once in, however, students say the law school’s fifteen clinics are “great” for real-world experience. Though the recent introduction of a summer public interest program has guaranteed funding for public interest jobs, the major­ity of students become corporate lawyers.“The facilities are state of the art” at the U of C, though the “boringly modern” architec­ture won’t exactly elevate your soul—unless, of course, a floating-cube-of-glass design is your idea of beautiful. Inside the law school, “The 1L classrooms are gorgeous but cramped.” The library has undergone extensive renovation recently and boasts “a great number of resources and a willing and helpful staff.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 215

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA - 4 years; JD/PhD in conjunction with Graduate School of Business-depends on dissertation; JD/AM Public Polcy - 4 years; JD/AM International Relations - 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 110
Full-Time Faculty 81
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 1
Part-Time Faculty 28
Faculty Gender 69% Male
30% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 7 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 57% Male
43% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 58%
Multi-racial 2%
International 3%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Ethnicity Unknown 12%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 9%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $50,727 Same as On-Campus
Housing $13,590 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $64,317 $50,727

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition N/A Same as On-Campus
Housing $13,590 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $13,590 N/A

Financial Aid

84% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

The University of Chicago Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 167 - 173
LSAT Total 167 - 173

The University of Chicago Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.65 - 3.96
Total 3.65 - 3.96

Admission Considerations

Also Considered: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#1 Best Classroom Experience
#2 Best Career Prospects
#8 Best Professors
#10 Toughest To Get Into

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 77%
First Time Pass Rate 91%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 84%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 400
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 99%
Average Starting Salary $160,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 8 4%
Firm Sized 11-25 4 2%
Firm Sized 26-50 7 2%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 7 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 17 8%
Firm Sized 501+ 97 46%
Business Industry 8 4%
Government 6 3%
Public Interest 18 8%
Federal Clerkship 32 15%
State Clerkship 4 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Seeking 1 0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 1 0%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 13%
NY 17%
IL 36%
International 1%

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