Academics & Student Life

Interdisciplinary Inquiry

UChicago's devotion to interdisciplinary inquiry is as old as the school itself. It grows out of our conviction that the law does not exist in a vacuum. We can understand the law and legal methods only if we understand both how the law affects the behavior of the society it governs and how the law reflects the values of that society.

Interdisciplinary Programs

International and Comparative Law: The University of Chicago Law School has a broad commitment to the study and practice of International Law.

Law and Economics: The centerpiece of the School's commitment the study of the law and economics is the Coase-Sandor Institute for Law and Economics.

Law and Philosophy: The Law School offers an extremely broad and deep program of interdisciplinary study in law and philosophy, with attention to both the major historical figures and contemporary problems.

Legal History: The Legal History Program at the University of Chicago draws upon the faculty in both the Law School and the History Department.

Law and Business: In addition to our Commercial, Business, and Labor Law courses, our selective Doctoroff Business Leadership Program blends the best of the MBA curriculum into our prestigious, three-year Law School education.

Public Interest and Public Service

The Law School offers support to students and graduates seeking public interest work, including through individual counseling and resource matching, information on job opportunities, guaranteed summer public interest funding, post-graduate public service financial support, speakers and programs, networking connections, and more.

Public Interest Resources
How the Law School Supports Students as Scholars At the Law School, the story of students as scholars is one of collaboration and insatiable curiosity, much of it powered by students’ desire to turn their current pursuits into tools that will help them forge their way in legal academia and legal practice—and, perhaps, make a difference in how we think about the law and society.
UChicago Law Students Co-Host National Conference Aimed at Creating New Network

My classmate Leena El-Sadek, ’20, still remembers exactly where she was when the news broke in January 2017 that President Donald Trump had signed an executive order temporarily blocking travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

Law School history
Law School Celebrates First Black LLB Graduate, Nelson Willis
New Student-Led Symposium by Chicago Journal of International Law Highlights Student Scholars, Faculty Engagement

Sahar Segal, ’20, had covered a lot of ground since August. She’d spent months researching international law, writing drafts of a paper on human rights and housing affordability, and, more recently, mooting the presentation she was about to give to nearly a dozen Law School faculty and at least 30 current and admitted students, staff, and members of the public.

Second Annual Federalist Society Symposium Featured Panels on Affirmative Action, Religious Liberty, and Administrative Law

Lecturer Robert Gasaway, ’92, looked out at a packed classroom during a day-long Federalist Society symposium last month and offered up a claim: Administrative law is so coherent and orderly, he said, that it could be summarized in a single—albeit lengthy—sentence touching on its most important topics.