Frequently Asked Questions
- About the Law School
- Academic Program and Curriculum
- Application Materials
- Admissions Interviewing Program
- Admissions Process
- Binding Early Decision
- Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
- Letters of Recommendation
- Personal Statement
- Student Life Basics
- Transfer Students
- The Quarter System
About the Law School
How many years of study is the J.D. program?
The J.D. program is a full-time three year program of study. The program consists of nine full-time academic quarters and classes begin in late September and end in early June.
Does the Law School offer a part-time or evening program?
No, the J.D. program is a full-time program that starts in late September.
How do I apply?
All applicants must apply online through the Law School Admission Council ("LSAC") electronic application process. Please visit the "Apply to the JD Program" section of our website to learn more about the application requirements and admissions process.
When should I apply?
You should apply in the admissions cycle prior to the year in which you hope to enroll. For example, if you wish to begin law school in Fall 2018, you should apply during the 2017-2018 admissions cycle, which will begin on August 15, 2017.
Where is the Law School located?
The Law School is located on the main University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park, a historic and affordable neighborhood approximately seven miles south of downtown Chicago along Lake Michigan. Please visit the Hyde Park website to learn more about our community. Hyde Park is easily accessible from downtown Chicago by public transportation or car.
How many students are in each entering class?
We have approximately 185-195 students in our entering J.D. class each year, and about 600 J.D. students in the entire student body. In addition, we have approximately 70 international LL.M. students each year. Our small class size results in a closely-knit, supportive community.
What is your median LSAT score and GPA?
For the class entering in 2016, the median LSAT score was 170 and median GPA was 3.90, although we have a wide range of LSAT scores and GPAs in our class.
What are the demographics of the incoming class?
In the 2016 entering class, 46% were women and approximately 30% were students of color. In addition, we have 90 different undergraduate institutions and 37 states represented in the incoming class. Our students come from varied socioeconomic backgrounds and we have over 40 different undergraduate majors represented in the Class of 2019. The Admissions Committee believes that diversity adds to the classroom experience and values diversity in every conceivable sense.
Does the Admissions Committee require work experience prior to law school?
Although work experience is often a positive addition to an applicant's file, we do not require work experience prior to law school. Over 60 percent of the incoming class will typically have at least one or two years of work experience.
How do I begin the application process?
Before you begin the application process, you will need to set up an account with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). You will also need to register to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
LSAC has also developed a campaign called DiscoverLaw.org, which provides information for racially and ethnically diverse students on career opportunities in the law and is a great resource for law school applicants. In addition, LSAC has a section for LGBTQ applicants that can be a valuable source of information.