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University of Chicago The Law School

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August 2015CURRENT 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

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

famous for Socratic method

Level

Other

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

lots of theory - but very informative hilarious lecturers

Level

1

Graduation Year

2012

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Class sizes are relatively small which means that sometimes there are not enough courses offered and a really popular one can get crowded easily. But on the other hand you can always get whatever class you want it just might be in a larger room. The small seminar classes with prominent faculty are outstanding and sometimes as small as ten students to a professor. The faculty are some of the most brilliant in their field and are truly challenging and inspiring. The legal writing course is pretty terrible, but I don't know of any law school who has a good one. There is no study abroad which is unfortunate. There are many many research opportunities because of the student faculty ratio. I find the competitiveness is very low, because you know all of your fellow students so well it's hard to be competitive against anyone but yourself.

Quality of Life

Chicago is a city and more expensive than most places, but incredibly cheap compared to cities of it's size (LA, NY, Boston, Miami). The campus is very beautiful but it is kind of removed from the rest of the city in Hyde Park which is both good and bad. The law building is very nice with lockers and a small cafe inside. The library is fantastic with computers and wireless throughout. Crime does happen around the neighborhood, but I have never had a problem (knock on wood) and I walk around at night without a problem but I do carry MACE just in case. If you are not lazy like me there are also Safe Ride buses you can call or police umbrella services available 24 hours. The neighborhood of the law school is definitely lacking but it only takes a 20 min bus to get to the heart of downtown Chicago, and the public transportation here is phenomenal. I think it is a very, very happy place to be even with the cold :)

Admissions

LSAT and essays are very important. I think there was one optional essay. The scholarship and financial aid is sparse, but the school has one of the best loan forgiveness programs for those that are public interest bound ($10,000 forgiven per year worked in the public interest sector!) and other students can count on generous firm salaries to pay back loans quickly.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

2010VERIFIED 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

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The professors are excellent; they are prepared, enthusiastic, and interested.

Level

1

Graduation Year

2012

2010VERIFIED 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

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

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

Level

3

Graduation Year

2010

2010VERIFIED 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

2010VERIFIED 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

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