Community & Support
The University and the Law School have a wealth of resources, including those aimed at providing assistance for minority students, students with disabilities, international students, and LGBTQ students. You can also find information on the Bias Response Team, the Student Ombudsperson, personal counseling, and after-hours emergencies and sign up to mentor newer law students through the Law School's Big Sibling program.
The Law School's Big Sibling program matches 1L students with 2L and 3L students who act as mentors and answer questions during 1L year.
Most academic and personal counseling at the law school is done by the Dean of Students or Associate Director of Student Affairs, while the Office of Career Services offers excellent employment advice. The University also has a staff of professional counselors available to students at the Student Counseling Service (SCS). You may contact the SCS directly at 773.702.9800 to schedule an appointment or see the Dean of Students or the Associate Director of Student Affairs for a referral.
The Dean-on-Call is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and may be reached through the University police by calling 773.702.8181. The Dean-on-Call's role is both supportive and administrative, providing information and ensuring that the full resources of the University are available to and working for the student.
A student who is the victim of a sex offense is urged to call the University Police or the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call through the University Police at 773.702.8181. The student is not required to give a reason for calling the Sexual Assault Dean-on-Call, nor does the contacting Dean oblige the student to make a report with the police.
There are several groups at the Law School including the Black Law Students Association, the Latino Students Association, the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association, and the South Asian Law Students Association that feature programming of interest to the entire law school community throughout the year and provide opportunities for members of these groups to meet informally.
The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs supports the University's efforts to increase minority student representation and helps to promote a University community that welcomes cultural diversity and values the contributions of all of its members. OMSA serves the African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian American populations. OMSA offers programs and services to support minority students' academic and social success and serve as a clearinghouse for information. OMSA also support policies and programs designed to reaffirm the University's commitment to diversity.
Other resources on diversity and inclusion at the University of Chicago can be found on the main University site.
Law students should also feel free to contact the Dean of Students or the Associate Director of Students Affairs with any concerns or questions.
The Bias Response Team is made up of administrators who are available to support and guide students who need help handling a bias incident. Members of the Bias Response Team assist the Vice President and Dean of Students in documenting and reporting incidents that occur on campus with the purpose of providing holistic educational programs and the implementation of better evaluative tools and processes. Law students should feel free to contact the Associate Director of Student Affairs with concerns.
The Student Ombudsperson is an independent University official appointed by (and reporting to) the University President. The Ombudsperson is responsible for investigating and helping to resolve student complaints and grievances, particularly in instances where regular channels or processes have not proved sufficient. Appointments with the Student Ombudspersons are available Monday through Friday. Please send an email to set up an appointment. The office is located at 970 E. 58th Street, Suite 305.
The University, in admissions and access to programs, considers students on the basis of individual merit and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or other factors irrelevant to study at the University.
Students with disabilities should contact the University's Coordinator for Students with Disabilities to request assistance and coordination of accommodations at the University. Questions can also be directed to the Dean of Students.
LLM students should feel free to see the Assistant Dean for the LLM program or the Dean of Students with questions. In addition, the Office of International Affairs addresses issues unique to foreign students at the University. The Office is located at International House, 1414 E. 59th Street, Room 291. The phone number is 773.702.7752. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The University's LGBTQ Programming Office provides a variety of resources for LGBTQ students.