A commitment to public service

Chicago is committed to training lawyers and scholars who are dedicated to the public good as well as to professional excellence. The institutional support that the Law School offers for students and graduates seeking public interest work is multifaceted and includes individual counseling, programming, funding, and loan repayment assistance.

Public Service Support and Outcomes
A strong record of judicial clerkships

Our clerkship record reflects the diversity of both our faculty and our student body. Our newly-minted graduates and alumni clerk in every corner of the country, in every part of the federal judiciary and in many state courts as well. Over the past several years, approximately 16-30% of each graduating class obtained a judicial clerkship at some point.

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Careers in Law Teaching Guide

The University of Chicago Law School encourages graduates and students to consider careers in law teaching and provides a range of resources and services designed for the individual interested in the academic marketplace. In the Law School's experience candidates for academic jobs increase their chances of success in the market by working with the Law School's faculty and staff. Professor Brian Leiter has created an extensive handbook of information on the academic job market.

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Counseling: The Law School’s Office of Career Services provides individual career counseling to students by appointment and on a walk-in basis. We review resumes and cover letters, develop career plans and job search strategies, counsel students on resources and alternatives, and guide career-related decision making.

Programming: Alumni and VIP guests visit to share their own career stories, challenges, and successes, providing insight into particular career paths and practice settings. The Office of Career Services also hosts talks and training sessions to prepare students for the employment search process and for career development.

Recruitment programs: The Law School sponsors on-campus interview programs, participates in select job fairs and provides job posting services. These activities are designed to provide students with a broad range of summer, term-time, and permanent job opportunities.

Publications: The Law School publishes guides on specific topics relevant to career development and the employment search process. The publications include contact lists of students and alumni in various sectors and geographic regions, lists of alumni willing to be public interest mentors, a list of firms and organizations where fellow students are working over the summer, and more.

Jobs opportunities database: Available to both students and graduates, our password-protected database houses job descriptions from employers specifically interested in meeting UChicago Law candidates.

Where Alumni Live

Where will your UChicago degree take you? Anywhere you want it to. UChicago Law alumni live and work all over the country and all over the world.

How the Law School’s Office of Career Services Kept Students Calm and Employed in 2020—and Created Programs that May Outlast the Pandemic

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, the Law School’s Office of Career Services corresponded with hundreds of employers in every segment of the legal job market, drummed up nearly 100 new job postings for students whose summer work plans had been cancelled or curtailed, communicated regularly with anxious job seekers, and created systems for tracking how law firms, government agencies, courts, and nonprofit employers were responding to the crisis.

Career development
Associate Dean for Career Services Lois Casaleggi Loves Her Job. She Wants the Law School’s Students to Find That, Too.
Career development
Behind the Law School’s Rising Clerkship Numbers
Career development
Students Discuss the Wide-Ranging Impact of their Summer Jobs
Career development