3.5 out of 5 Stars
Class size is perfect. Teachers are excellent, challenging and available.Quality of Life
Admissions is tough and quality of students is high. Scholarships are generous.Level
The faculty quality is the best thing about DePaul. While there are a number of problems in the school, with very few exceptions, the faculty are not one of them. Most professors use the Socratic method, though some lean heavily on lecture. After the first year, many courses at DePaul are focused on practical study and utilize student-run simulations to teach. These courses are highly effective.
There are a number of study abroad programs, but the college is not flexible about allowing students to select programs beyond those sponsored by DePaul.
Notable faculty: Andrew Gold, Charif Bassiouni, Michael Jacobs, Bruce Ottley, Steven GreenbergerQuality of Life
The positives to living in the on-campus dorm for the law school is that it is only one block from the school, the apartments are very large and nice, and there are some great amenities. The building is also very safe and secure.
On the negative side, it is very expensive, you must share the building with not only undergraduate students, but undergraduate students of three colleges: DePaul, Roosevelt and Columbia College. Furthermore, while being in The Loop (downtown Chicago) sounds great, the location is not desirable. While there are many restaurants nearby and a CVS across the street, the closest grocery store is far away and inconvenient to get to by public transporation.Admissions
The school used LSAC/LSDAS and required two letters of recommendation in addition to LSAT scores, transcripts, and short answer responses to several questions.Level
The full time faculty are very good and well respected in their areas. The adjunct professors have been hit or miss. When you are selecting classes you should talk with 2Ls and 3Ls for advice and they will be honest about which teachers to take and which ones to avoid. The teachers during your first year will all use the socratic method to teach. Like all law schools, you should be prepared every day for class because you will get called on randomly.
The study abroad opportunities are fairly diverse. However, the programs are almost exclusively conducted during the summer which may conflict with job opportunities.
The workload is pretty typical from talking to students at other law schools. You should plan on spending around 60 hours a week studying and then increasing your studying at finals approach.Quality of Life
There is some student housing but only a few law students actually live there. Most students find housing within Chicago since you are provided with a pass for unlimited rides on the subway and bus systems. Living in a major city isn't cheap and there is going to be some crime no matter where you live in the city. The campus is located within the business district of the city and is very safe to be in. The campus is located a block from the federal courthouse and about 5 blocks from the state courthouse. The state courthouse is used for your trial advocacy classes. Many of the classrooms are being renovated and updated this summer. The university used to offer free printing to all students but discontinued that program. Students still get free printing for cases and articles printer through Westlaw and Lexis Nexis.Admissions
The application process was fairly standard. The school will notify you if you are selected to receive a scholarship in your admission letter. It is beneficial to attend the open house sessions and talk to any of the representatives in the admissions office. They were very open about the process and the factors they look for in applicants.Level
Academics at DePaul are hindered and controlled by a mandatory curve that ruins learning and student enthusiasm for legal theory.Quality of Life
Chicago is great and is DePaul wasn't in downtown in the heart of such a wonderful city, there is no way it would attract nearly as many students.Level
First year classes are typically between 80 and 100 students while the LARC program is limited to 20 students per class. After the first year, several courses remain at this large class size, but more specialized classes have between 10 and 30 students. Most professors apply the Socratic method. There is no academic advising program. The classes are very competitive with a strict curve applied to classes of more than 25 students. Research opportunities with faculty are abundant and the library facilities are good. Teachers are generally fair with their grading. Notable faculty include Bruce Ottley, Charif Bassiouni, Leonard Cavise, Andrew Gold, Alberto Coll, Steven Greenberger, Michael Jacobs, Allison Tirres, and Barry Kellman.Quality of Life
Adequate, but mixed with undergraduate students and therefore noisy.Admissions
The school follows typical admissions processes including requirements for LSAT scores, following the LSAC/LSDAS process, and the school offers merit based scholarship. From my experience, if the school has offered scholarships to students that have elected not to attend, they will offer that money to other admitted students in addition to any scholarship money already offered.Level
There is great variety in the academics. I have had many excellent professors who are very accomplished in their fields and skilled at teaching. On the other hand, I have had some professors who were highly acclaimed for their specialties, but lacked the ability to connect with the students and teach the material in any manner above average. There is a great variety of practical v. theoretical study, including many seminars and legal clinics. The study abroad programs are very popular and offer unique opportunities to the students at a reduced price. Class sizes vary from about 12 to 90. I respect and admire not only the intelligence and capability of my classmates, but also appreciate the lack of harsh competitiveness that I have heard about in other schools.Quality of Life
It's all average.Admissions
Pretty standard, but also an option to be considered for both full and part time statusLevel
lsat, personal statement, letters of recommendation, scholarshipLevel
The first year of law school, the Socratic method is used. However in the second and third year course, it is a little different depending on how big the class is. I think I learned the most in the legal writing programs, especially in my last year. The work load is manageable, but the first year was difficult for me. I made law review and the second year was difficult because I had so much work with class and the journal.Level
Practical based; not very cut throat competitive; great study abroad opportunties; well known faculty (who are accessible); large workload; grading is moderate (but curved)Admissions
LSAT, LSAC registered, unique application questionsLevel