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August 2016CURRENT STUDENT
Uppers

low living expenses, amazing professors, beautiful campus, many social activities

Downers

It is a little in the middle of nowhere and there is no big shopping mall in this area where the school is located.

Comments

If you are not plan to buy a car, think twice before applying to it.

Would You Recommend

Yes

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Practitioner's school. If you actually want to practice law, this is the place to go.

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

Cost of living is very low, and the quality of housing is quite high.

Admissions

Financial Aid and Scholarship opportunities, once admitted, is very good. Dean Paul Pless continually works with students to secure financial funding throughout students three year stay.

Level

3L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

High quality

Quality of Life

High quality

Admissions

High LSAT score

Level

3L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Very good nut & bolts education in black letter law, combined with excellent practice skills and some unique offerings related to legal theory and policy

Admissions

Don't remember

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Students are very supportive of one-another. Not a competitive environment.

Quality of Life

I love everyone there.

Admissions

Admissions Essay

2 particularized essays

LSAT

Admission Fee Waiver if LSAT over 160

Level

2L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

Compared to other law schools I visited, I felt Illinois had the best atmosphere- friendly, academically intense, and open to new ideas.

Admissions

Illinois has fantastic scholarship opportunities and was very open to meeting my financial needs.

Level

1L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Solid mix of practical and theoretical coursework. Variety of clinical opportunities. Tremendously knowledgeable and accessible staff. Good mix of backgrounds amongst classmates.

Quality of Life

Low cost of living. Extremely diverse atmosphere offering consistent opportunities to meet new people and enjoy new experiences.

Admissions

The school requested information on LSAT scores, GPA, class rank, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and other relevant work experience.

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Good mix of theoretical and practice-oriented classes.

Admissions

Standard.

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

There is every class you need to take and every opportunity available of any top law school, but I would argue the best part of Illinois is the faculty. They clearly care about their students and are incredibly brilliant. They also never underestimate the students' intelligence. They have full faith that their students are the best and the brightest. Additionally, they are more than ready and willing to help students with any problems, academic or otherwise, they may be having, and also the faculty are willing to help their students succeed whether with a research position, a recommendation, or a job search.

The College is competitive as any top law school is. However, probably in part because scholarships are not contingent on maintaining a certain GPA or being in the top 30% of the class, the students are not nasty. They don't hide library books or tear pages out of them.

One of the best things about being at Illinois is that the classes are smaller than some other top schools. This makes for a better, closer community and also makes classes and the Socratic method much less intimidating.

Quality of Life

The cost of living is very inexpensive compared to other cities/towns in the United States. Also, the facilities on campus, such as the rec centers and libraries are top notch. Being linked to such a huge university allows for full utilization of Illinois's resources.

Champaign-Urbana is a nice town, but it is relatively small with not a whole ton to do. In a way this is nice, because there's no huge temptations when students need to be studying, but it's also hard when it is 2.5 hours to the nearest major airport.

Admissions

The College of Law is incredibly generous with scholarship money. Also, the cost of the College is comparable, if not better than other top law schools, and with scholarship money, the Illinois becomes a very attractive option.

Level

1L

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