FAQs: 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 2019, you should apply during the 2018-2019 admissions cycle, which will begin on September 1, 2018.

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 2018, the median LSAT score was 171 and median GPA was 3.89, although we have a wide range of LSAT scores and GPAs in our class. Please see our 2018-2019 Profile Card for more details.   

What are the demographics of the incoming class? 

In the 2018 entering class, 45% were women and approximately 38% were students of color. In addition, we had 88 different undergraduate institutions, over 40 different undergraduate majors, and 41 states represented in the incoming class. Our students come from varied socioeconomic backgrounds. 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.