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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

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

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

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

lots of theory - but very informative hilarious lecturers

Level

1

Graduation Year

2012

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

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Most professors use the Socratic method.
In the second and third year there are excellent opportunities to focus on both theory and practical study. Students can get credit for clinical work and take classes from a variety of highly successful practitioners. Also, there are excellent opportunities to take highly theoretical classes and classes which largely review and focus on scholarship. It certainly helps that Chicago has such esteemed faculty members. Further, law students can take classes in any other department at the University of Chicago--many have taken classes at the business school, graduate school of economics, as well as schools like public policy and undergraduate programs.
Grading is on a scale based from 155-186. The median, for curved classes, is 177. I have found that getting away from the 4.0 scale has encourages a focus away from grades and more towards learning. Because few employers understand our grading scale, grades don't matter as much. I don't know what grades most of my colleagues, and even close friends, receive. Everyone I can think of has the job they want--whether it is a clerkship, big firm job, or public interest. As a result, there is no reason to be competitive. I find that most students are primarily competitive with themselves. Interpersonal competitiveness based on grades is not socially acceptable at Chicago. Grades are seen as superficial and really more of a tangential aspect of legal education.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2010

4.8 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Socratic heavy first year; After the first year, I had many small seminars

Level

3

Graduation Year

2010

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Individually, most students are laid back and cooperative with discussion and ideas, but in class, the high admittance standars show with prepared students and exceptional answers. The quality of the student body, however, pales in comparison to the brillance of the faculty, which is filled with up and coming academic elite as well as old-school law and econ notables. Every professor enjoys teaching and approaches it with a sense of humor.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2012

5.0 of 5 stars

2010 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Admissions

Score high on the LSAT and have a high GPA. Big surprise.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2010

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