Interview with Associate Dean for Admissions Ann Perry
This piece is the first in a blog series entitled The Progression Though Law School. The series is an attempt to provide you, my readers, with a look into what it’s really like to be law student. We’ll start with the application process, move on to the experiences of current law students, see what it’s like to be a student fresh out of law school, and finally end with an account from a lawyer who’s been in the game for a while. No glitz, no glamour, just an honest look into what it’s really like to pursue a career in law.
Currently ranked fifth according to the U.S. News and World Report, The University of Chicago Law School sees scores of applications every year, and at the head of the application reviewing process is Ann K. Perry. Ms. Perry, the Associate Dean for Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School, was kind enough to make time in she schedule to sit down with me and discuss the law school application process.
UCULR: Are there any majors that you consider more or less beneficial, or maybe more “impressive” for students looking to apply to a law school?
Perry: You know, I really don’t have any favorite majors or think that there’s any right major for law school. We really have a broad representation of majors here at the University of Chicago Law School. We have majors ranging from the sciences and math to English, history and music. So my word of advice when it comes to majors is that you major in something you’re interested in, because you’ll tend to do well in it. Don’t take classes because you think it’ll make you a better law student. I think students should always be working on their writing skills, their reading comprehension, analytical skills and their presentation skills, but you can do that in a broad range of ways and in different majors.