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4.5 of 5 stars (66 Ratings)

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Rigorous

5.0 of 5 stars

August 2015 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

Engaged students and factuality; professors committed to teaching; great employment prospects

Downers

Intellectually elitist; little emphasis on clinics and pro-bono opportunities

Comments

Come if you want an intense, intellectually rigorous experience in a tight-knit environment

Would You Recommend

Yes

4.3 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

famous for Socratic method

Level

Other

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Classes are great! Professors are interested in the material and often present novel ideas. Professors use the socratic often as a conversation facilitator, rarely as a punishment or shaming device. There's a heavy dose of theory but that's to be expected at the school that founded law and economics.

Quality of Life

Hyde Park gets a bad rap. Crime exists but is uncommon. The community also has several nice restaurants for students trying to eat on the cheap.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2010

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Professors are fantastic

Level

2

Graduation Year

2012

4.8 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Most professors use the socratic method, which when properly executed, is far superior to any other method. Seminars are usually 10-20 students, and lecture classes range anywhere from 10 to around 120 for the main 1L classes.
Faculty is amazing and is what sets this school apart from its peers.
Grading system, in my opinion, is ideal. It identifies the very top students so that are good candidates for the most selective clerkships and similar positions, and it also protects/muddles everyone else so that employers can't distinguish, say, the 40th percentile from the 60th percentile.
Lots of great research opportunities. We were required to write two "substantial" research papers, which can be quite serious works if one so desires.

Quality of Life

Lots of options, both private and University-affiliated, in the neighborhood. The neighborhood is both inexpensive and safe.

Admissions

Typical process: essay, LSAT, etc. I was a borderline candidate, so I was asked to come in for an interview and write an additional essay on a given topic. I actually really enjoyed both the essay and the interview.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2010

4.8 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

It's definitely more theoretical than practical, but if you want a more hands-on approach, there are plenty of seminars that are more practical. So basically it's up to you. There's a big range in terms of how Socratic professors are. In general, most 1L classes are pretty Socratic and later classes less so. The classes and professors are amazing. The faculty is well-respected scholars who are also approachable, and there are a lot of young professors who seem like they'll be the "next big thing." People often label the school as competitive, but that's false. People never talk about grades here, it's just an unspoken social norm that it's not cool to talk about. Workload is typical of a top-tier school.

Quality of Life

Cost of living is pretty good, especially near campus in Hyde Park. It's a boring neighborhood though and has quite a bit of crime, typical of a big city. If you move farther north, there's a lot more to do, and some neighborhoods are safer, but it is more expensive than Hyde Park. The facilities are nothing special, but there's lots of space to study, and the library has lots of windows, which is nice. The adjoining undergrad campus is beautiful and gothic if you miss that atmosphere.

Admissions

Pretty standard. I received an answer after about two months (waitlisted) and then heard that I got in the day after decision day.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2010

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Chicago is one of the few remaining law schools that does hardcore Socratic, in every single class. Most law schools have backed off or softened a little bit. Chicago is also very hardcore about grading; a strict curve, while other law schools (other T14 law schools) have been inflating and softening their grading curve. Our professors are world class, famous, brilliant, but also caring. We have amazing, prominent faculty. The class size is really small, which means a lot of attention for each individual student, and the bigelow legal research and writing program provides a lot of structure and guidance. Chicago does have a very competitive atmosphere though; students don't come here to screw around. In my class of 200, I don't know anyone who doesn't study hard every day.

Quality of Life

Quality of life is awesome. Hyde Park is small but it's a classic college town. It's waaaaaaay safer than it was 5 years ago, and it's growing in size. It has a dozen or so restaurants, really nice cafes, and campus type hangouts (like bowling and bars). The best part is that you're 10-15 minutes downtown by public transportation and it's really convenient; downtown Chicago has everything.

Admissions

Like most law school, admissions requires essays, high LSAT (people sometimes ridicule you at Chicago if you have below 170), high GPA from undergrad. You use LSDAS. They interview *some* but not all applicants, if they ask for an interview you have to give it.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2012

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Amazing faculty. Most professors have an open-door policy. The students are collegial and intellectual. The small class size makes it possible to know all of your classmates.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2012

4.8 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Students are competitive with themselves, but collegial with each other. Grades are not discussed to ensure this collegial environment. There is a focus on economics and theory, but we are all aware that we are also somewhat interested in practical learning. Grading is done on a curve. The class size is small, which is a huge advantage for job prospects, getting to know the faculty, and getting the full experience. Notable faculty include Baird, Geoffrey Stone, Nussbaum, Epstein, etc. Work load is no worse than other top ten schools, although we have a reputation for being more rigorous (which is great for employment prospects).

Quality of Life

Many housing opportunities available, safe neighborhood plenty of police around.

Admissions

Typical LSDAS application, no extra questions. Limited personal statement.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Socratic method in most classes. I have a workshop on judicial behavior tought by Judge Posner. Judge Easterbrook has attended every class just because he is interested in the subject. It is amazing.

Quality of Life

The facilities are excellent.

Admissions

I applied as a transfer. U of C is one of the few schools that allows for an early transfer application (after 1st semester of IL year).

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

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