Community & Support

University of Chicago Law School students are fortunate to have access to a wealth of resources both within the Law School community and the University generally. 

Personal Counseling

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) (http://counseling.uchicago.edu/).  You may contact the SCS directly to schedule an appointment or see the Dean of Students of Associate Director of Student Affairs for a referall. 

After Hours Emergencies

The Dean-on-Call (http://deanoncall.uchicago.edu) 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.  The Dean-on-Call supports the student by trying to inform and support him/her in whatever ways possible.  The Dean-on-Call is also responsible for 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.

Assistance for Minority Students

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 (OMSA) (http://omsa.uchicago.edu/) 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.

Law students should also feel free to contact the Dean of Students or the Associate Director of Students Affairs with any concerns or questions.

Bias Response Team

The Bias Response Team is made up of administrators who are available to support and guide students seeking assistance in determining how to handle 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.  More information about the Bias Response Team is available at: http://civility.uchicago.edu/bias.shtml.

Ombudsperson

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. You don't need to make an appointment to see the Ombudsperson. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Friday. The Ombudsperson is located in the Office of the Student Ombudsperson, INH 214 (702-8422).

Students with Disabilities

The University of Chicago is a community of scholars, researchers, educators, students, and staff members devoted to the pursuit of knowledge.  In keeping with its traditions and long standing policies and practices, 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.  More information can be found at http://disabilities.uchicago.edu. Questions can also be directed to the Dean of Students.

Assistance for International Students

LL.M. students should feel free to see the Assistant Dean for the LL.M. program or the Dean of Students with questions. In addition, the Office of International Affairs (http://internationalaffairs.uchicago.edu/) addresses issues unique to foreign students at the University. The Office is located at International House, 1414 E. 59th Street (773.702.7752).

Assistance for LGBTQ Students

The University's LGBTQ Programming Office (http://lgbtq.uchicago.edu/) provides a variety of resources for LGBTQ students.