Application Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the University of Chicago Law School. Each year, we receive nearly 5,000 applications for our entering class of 185-195. The Admissions Committee reviews every application we receive. The Admissions Committee takes a broad and holistic view of each applicant, believing that a simple formula cannot adequately measure an applicant's academic potential and contribution to the Law School community.

Paperless Admissions Process

The Law School utilizes a paperless admissions process, which means we receive, process, and evaluate all applications electronically. All applicants to the JD program must apply through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Flexible Application, which is fully accessible to the visually impaired. All application materials will be available from LSAC and transmitted directly to the Law School.

We will not accept any paper application materials or paper updates to your application; please do not send them. Any updates must be submitted electronically by emailing admissions@law.uchicago.edu (please familiarize yourself with our policies on updating your application).

Application

Applicants must complete all sections of the LSAC Flexible Application. There is only one application for all applicants to the JD program. You will have the opportunity to indicate whether you are applying Early Decision (including through the Chicago Law Scholars Program) or Regular Decision in the application. You will also have the opportunity to indicate if you would like to apply to the Doctoroff Business Leadership Program

Please read the Application Instructions (available in the LSAC Flexible Application) carefully before you begin your application. Applicants with disabilities in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should contact the Admissions Office at 773-702-9484 or email admissions@law.uchicago.edu with their request.

Character and Fitness.  The application contains a section of questions relating to character and fitness to practice law. State Bar Associations may request a copy of your application, materials, and record, including answers to the character and fitness questions in this application, when determining your admission to the bar. In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Contact information for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

An affirmative response to any portion of the Character and Fitness questions on the application will not automatically disqualify a candidate from admission. Rather, in those cases, the Dean of Admissions will review the affirmative response and determine if further review is necessary. If further review is necessary, the Dean of Admissions will convene a committee composed of the Deputy Dean, the Dean of Admissions, the Dean of Students, the Dean of Career Services and the Chair of the Faculty Admissions Committee. The committee will evaluate the facts, seek additional information as appropriate, and determine if the applicant may be considered for admission at the Law School. The Dean of Admissions may also consult as needed with the Office of the General Counsel.

All Undergraduate and Graduate School Transcripts

You must provide all undergraduate and graduate school transcripts reflecting a complete history of your academic performance in your undergraduate education and at any graduate schools. We require all applicants to submit their transcripts through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn about how the Admissions Committee evaluates transcripts. 

If you will be submitting foreign transcripts, please read the Application Instructions carefully and review our FAQs about submitting foreign transcripts.

Standardized Test

Applicants have the option of submitting the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) (if applicable - see below for details) as part of the Law School's pilot program. You must have a current LSAT, GRE, or GMAT score (earned within the last five years) on file before the Admissions Committee will evaluate your application.

  • LSAT: Submit LSAT scores to the Law School through LSAC. You must submit all LSAT scores earned within the last five years.  Please note, you must have at least one LSAT writing sample on file (either from a previous paper examination or from the digital LSAT Writing) in order for LSAC to generate a CAS Report and for your file to be marked complete. If you have not already done so, please remember to complete the LSAT Writing. Your file will not be marked as complete until we have received at least one writing sample.
  • GRE: Submit GRE scores to the Law School by designating the University of Chicago Law School as a recipient using Educational Testing Service (ETS) code 2577. You must submit all GRE scores earned within the last five years.   
  • GMAT: If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Chicago and wish to pursue a dual degree in law with the University of Chicago Law School or if you are concurrently applying to pursue a dual degree with the University of Chicago Law School and a graduate program in another University of Chicago division, you may submit a GMAT score in lieu of the LSAT or GRE. Submit GMAT scores to the Law School by designating the applicable program: (1) The Law School – JD/MBA Booth School of Business Joint Degree (code H9X-2D-54), (2) The Law School – JD/MPP Harris School of Public Policy (code H9X-2D-58), or (3) The Law School – Joint Degree Programs (code H9X-2D-32). You must submit all GMAT scores earned within the last five years. 

Note: If you are admitted to the Law School based on an application with a GRE or GMAT score and, after admission, take the LSAT, the Admissions Committee will evaluate your new LSAT score and re-evaluate your offer of admission.

Please review the FAQs to learn more about how the Admissions Committee evaluates standardized test scores and considers multiple scores.

Resume

We require a detailed resume containing your educational history, extracurricular activities, community and volunteer activities, and all full or part-time work experience. Please indicate the time spent each week on each activity or employment position. If your education or employment history has been interrupted for more than a normal vacation period, you should describe your activities during that time. You will be able to upload your resume in the “Attachments” section of the application.

Please see our FAQs for more guidance on the resume.

Letters of Recommendation

We require two letters of recommendation, but we will accept up to four. You must submit your letters of recommendation through the CAS Letter of Recommendation Service. Your application will be considered complete once we receive two letters of recommendation, unless you request the Admissions Office via email to wait until we have received any additional letters.

In reviewing letters of recommendation, the Admissions Committee is looking for insight into a candidate's academic promise, as well as personal qualities such as intellectual curiosity, enthusiasm, and commitment. We strongly recommend you submit at least one academic letter (e.g., from a professor, teacher's assistant, advisor) who can offer an informed assessment of your academic ability. We understand it may be difficult for candidates who have already completed their undergraduate education several years prior to applying to submit academic letters of recommendation. For more information on letters of recommendation, please review our FAQs.

Personal Statement

The personal statement is an essential part of every application, and it is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the Admissions Committee. It should demonstrate your contribution to the Law School community beyond academics and should demonstrate your ability to communicate your thoughts effectively. The Admissions Committee often finds that a personal statement focusing on a unique personal attribute or experience is usually the most informative (as opposed to a restatement of your qualifications or resume).

For more tips and guidance on the personal statement, please review the FAQs.

Application Fee

The application fee is $85 (U.S. funds only), and you must pay the application fee by credit card when you submit your application through LSAC.

Fee Waivers: Fee waiver requests are accepted starting September 1 when the application becomes available until the application deadline of March 1 each year.

We waive the application fee for the following JD applicants*: 

  1. Teach for America participants and alumni who completed service within the last five years,
  2. Those currently serving active duty in the U.S. military, U.S. military veterans, and members of the U.S. Reserves and National Guard,
  3. Peace Corps participants and alumni who completed service within the last five years and who provide a letter from their supervisor confirming completion of the 27-month commitment, undergraduate students currently enrolled at the University of Chicago,
  4. AmeriCorps participants and alumni who completed service within the last five years and who provide a letter from their supervisor confirming at least a 10-month commitment,
  5. Undergraduate students currently enrolled at the University of Chicago, and
  6. Applicants receiving fee waivers from LSAC.

To see if you qualify for a fee waiver from LSAC, please visit LSAC's website. If you are eligible for a Law School fee waiver, please email admissions@law.uchicago.edu with your eligibility and request an application fee waiver code. If eligible, we will email you an application fee waiver code. You must use this code when you submit your application through LSAC. Please do not pay the application fee. We will not be able to issue refunds to applicants who pay the fee.

* The Law School does not grant fee waivers to transfer applicants unless they receive an application fee waiver from LSAC.

English Language Requirement for International Students

The University requires all applicants who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) subject to the exceptions below. You must take the TOEFL or IELTS within two years of the date of your application. Please review the English Language Requirements (scroll to the middle of the page for the Law School's requirements) to learn more about the required proficiency levels. 

The TOEFL or IELTS will not be necessary if the applicant studied in full-time status for at least one academic year, within five years of the date of his or her application, in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or English medium universities in Canada or South Africa. Students who have studied in English in other countries are not exempt from this requirement and must provide either a TOEFL or IELTS score with the application.