FAQs: Application Materials
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) (unless you have received an LSAT waiver) and register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).
LSAC provides additional resources to assist with the application process and LSAT test preparation. Its campaign, DiscoverLaw.org, "encourages racially and ethnically diverse students to discover career opportunities in law and choose a path in undergraduate school to help them succeed". In addition, LSAC has a section for LGBTQ applicants that can be a valuable source of information. LSAC collaborates with Khan Academy to provide free LSAT preparation.
Where do I obtain the application materials and submit my application?
The Law School utilizes a paperless admissions process, and all applicants must apply through LSAC's Flexible Application. You will obtain all application materials from LSAC and submit them to the Law School electronically through the LSAC website. The Admissions Office does not send out any paper application forms and will not accept any paper copies of your application materials. We do not retain or review paper materials or updates, and they will be discarded.
The LSAC electronic application is fully accessible to the visually impaired. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with their request.
What is the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS)?
CAS sends your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other credentials to the law schools to which you have applied. The Law School (and nearly all ABA-approved law schools) requires all applicants to register with the CAS for transcript and letter of recommendation processing. We require a copy of your CAS Law School Report, and you must submit all transcripts and letters of recommendation through CAS. Please review the CAS website for more information about this service.
Is there a minimum LSAT or GPA requirement?
Absolutely not. The Admissions Committee reads every application and gives each applicant serious consideration. While our applicant pool has strong numeric credentials, the non-quantitative components in an application are extremely important and there are no numeric cut-offs. Our admitted applicants have a wide range of GPAs and LSAT scores.
How important is each component of the application?
The importance of any given component of the application will depend on the strengths and weaknesses of the application as a whole. We do not use an index for evaluating our applicants, and the Admissions Committee does not assign a quantitative value to any component of the application. The Admissions Committee takes a holistic view of each applicant and reviews every part of every application.
How many applications does the Law School receive?
We receive between 4,000-5,000 applications for an entering class of approximately 185-195.
What if I need to update my application?
The Admissions Committee strongly prefers that you submit all necessary information with your initial application. If it is necessary to update your application, you must email your updated information to the Admissions Office at email@example.com. Electronic updates will be uploaded to your file in our electronic database (but you will not see this update on your status checker). If you are sending an updated transcript or an additional letter of recommendation, you must send them through CAS. After your online status checker indicates that your application is "complete", you may no longer submit any additional materials for your file unless (1) the Admissions Committee requests additional materials, (2) your update pertains to the Character and Fitness sections of the application, or (3) your update is necessary to ensure that the information you have provided in your application remains truthful and complete.
Please do not send any paper materials or updates to the Admissions Office; we will not retain or review them.
May I apply before I take the LSAT?
Yes. We will process your application and mark your file incomplete until we receive your LSAT score. If you already have an LSAT score on file and indicate on your application that you are retaking the LSAT, we will wait until that score is released before marking your application complete unless you email firstname.lastname@example.org and request the file be completed without the upcoming score.
Do you grant fee waivers?
If you have received a fee waiver from LSAC, we will automatically waive the application fee. LSAC has its own process for granting fee waivers so please review LSAC's website to see if you are eligible for its fee waiver. In addition, we will waive the application fee for the following individuals: (1) Teach for America participants and alumni applying as a 1L, (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) undergraduate students currently enrolled at the University of Chicago, (4) Peace Corps participants and alumni providing documentation confirming completion of the 27-month commitment (service completed within the last five years), and (5) AmeriCorps participants and alumni who provide a statement confirming at least a 10-month commitment (service completed within the last five years). The Law School may also send out fee waivers based upon data from the Candidate Referral Service (CRS) and in conjunction with various recruiting events. The Law School is unable to consider individual requests for fee waivers at this time.
How do I obtain my Teach for America, U.S. military-based, University of Chicago current student, Peace Corps or AmeriCorps fee waiver?
If your application fee is waived for one of these reasons, please email email@example.com to request a fee waiver code and state the reason why your fee will be waived. You will need to enter this code before you submit your application. Please do not pay the application fee when you submit your application because we will not be able to issue a refund.
Fee waiver requests are accepted starting September 1 when the application becomes available until the application deadline of March 1 each year.
What are the language requirements for international students?
The University requires that all applicants who are not U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents 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 Information for International Students to learn more about the required proficiency levels. Domestic applicants whose native language is not English and who have not attended schools where instruction is in English may also be required to submit an English language test score.
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.