In addition to the J.D., the law school offers the LL.M., M.C.L., J.S.D., and D.C.L. Students may take relevant courses in other programs and apply credit toward the J.D.; a maximum of 12 credits may be applied.
Clinics available to second- and third-year students include the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship, and the Exoneration Project. Seventy-two seminars are open to second- and third-year law students. The Career Services Center helps students locate summer internships. Nearly all of first-year students and 97% of second-year students are employed during the summer. The Chicago Law Foundation, a student-run charitable organization, awards grants to students working in public-interest jobs during the summer. Faculty-supervised research may be done in the individual research program for credit. Lectures, open to the law school community, occur several times a year in workshops such as Constitutional Law, International Law, and Law and Economics. Academic counselors and the Associate Director of Student Affairs provide academic programming and counseling for students. The most widely taken electives are Evidence, Constitutional Law, and Corporations Law.
To earn the J.D., candidates must complete 105 total credits, of which 40 are for required courses. They must maintain a minimum GPA of 1.68 in the required courses. The following first-year courses are required of all students: 1 elective, Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Elements of the Law, Legal Research and Writing, Property, and Torts. Required upper-level courses consist of Professional Responsibility. The optional orientation program for first-year students consists of 3 days of presentations, tours, and social events, including a dinner, a Lake Michigan boat cruise, and a picnic.
In order to graduate, candidates must have a GPA of 1.68, have completed the upper-division writing requirement, and Professional Responsibility course.
In the fall 2007 first-year class, 4798 applied, 777 were accepted, and 190 enrolled. Sixteen transfers enrolled. The median LSAT percentile of the most recent first-year class was 98; the median GPA was 3.64 on a scale of 4.0.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and take the LSAT. No specific undergraduate courses are required. Candidates are interviewed.
Applicants should submit an application form, LSAT results, transcripts, a nonrefundable application fee of $75, 2 letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a resum
About 85% of current law students receive some form of aid. Awards are based on need and merit. Required financial statement is the FAFSA. The aid application deadline for fall entry is March 1.
About 45% of the student body are women; 24%, minorities; 7%, African American; 13%, Asian American; 10%, Hispanic; and 1%, Native American. The majority of students come from the Midwest (29%). The average age of entering students is 24; age range is 21 to 42. About 29% of students enter directly from undergraduate school. About 1% drop out after the first year for academic or personal reasons; 99% remain to receive a law degree.
Students edit The University of Chicago Law Review, The University of Chicago Legal Forum, The University of Chicago Roundtable, and The Chicago Journal of International Law. There are 4 faculty-edited journals: the Supreme Court Review, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Legal Studies, and Law and Economics: Working Papers. The student newspaper is The Phoenix. While first-year students have moot court practice in their Legal Research and Writing class, upper-level students participate in the Hinton Moot Court Program and selected outside moot court competitions. Other competitions include the annual trivia contest. The school has about 60 student organizations that include the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Society and the International Law Society. Local chapters of national associations include the Black Law Students Association, the Federalist Society, and American Constitution Society. Other organizations include Habitat for Humanity, the Hemingway Society, and the Scales of Justice.
The law school operates on a quarter basis. Courses for full-time students are offered days only and must be completed within 3-year course of study. There is no part-time program. New students are admitted in the fall. There is no summer session. Transferable summer courses are not offered.