Summer Letters for Incoming Students

You are officially a member of the Class of 2024! The Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid will post a series of summer communications here which contain a list of action items that each deposited student must complete prior to matriculating at the Law School. We will send you an email alert each time a new letter is posted to this page.

The summer letters will include information on:

  • UChicago email address
  • Official transcripts
  • Glass Menagerie photo
  • Orientation and Kapnick
  • Registration for classes
  • Transportation and Parking
  • and much more!

May 3 — Dean's Welcome Letter

Facade of the Law School

Dear Class of 2024,

Welcome to the University of Chicago Law School.  Together with our faculty and administrators, I am delighted that you have made the decision to join our tight-knit community and to begin a transformative educational journey with us.

A distinctive feature of the University of Chicago is its unabashed enthusiasm for the life of the mind—the conviction that ideas matter, that they are worth discussing, and that legal education should be participatory and interdisciplinary.  Accordingly, our faculty members are deeply committed to intellectual inquiry, and it makes them the best teachers and scholars in the legal academy.  They will challenge you in our classrooms, clinics, and hallways, and push you to excel intellectually.  You will acquire a broad and deep knowledge of law and will develop analytic abilities of the highest order.

This empowering education will prepare you for any professional role you might choose.  Indeed, the nearly 11,000 alumni of the Law School are leaders in an astonishing range of occupations—including legal practice, government service, corporate management, entrepreneurial ventures, and public interest—and many alums pursue more than one of these endeavors during their long careers.  No matter what their professional roles, our graduates regularly say that the legal knowledge, problem-solving abilities, and analytical skills they acquired at the Law School helped them at every stage of their careers.  I believe the same will be true for you.  When you join our community, you become part of a warm, welcoming group of deep thinkers, energetic doers, and inspiring leaders.  I envy the transformative education you are about to receive and the exciting journey you are about to begin. 

We know that preparing for this new adventure can be daunting.  It may be especially so at this moment when our usual patterns of living have been disrupted and uncertainty remains about when we will resume them and what new patterns emerge.  This also makes it a superb moment in which to begin your legal education, especially at the University of Chicago.  Lawyers and leaders trained in the law create, interpret, and modify the rules and systems that structure our society.  The Law School’s distinctive education will help you understand these rules and systems, assess whether and how they should be adjusted, and prepare you for a career in this environment.  There could be no better time to begin your education here. 

We will be in touch with you regularly in the coming weeks and months so you can be ready to begin your next steps at the Law School.  You will receive regular communications from us to help you know what to expect, to guide you through Orientation, and to help you prepare for your transition to the Law School.  The University of Chicago has announced the intention to return to full campus activities in Autumn.  Throughout the summer, we will be in touch with specifics as the University and Law School develop plans under guidance from public health authorities and experts from UChicago Medicine. 

We are eagerly anticipating your joining our community. Until then, if you would like to become a virtual part of our community, we encourage you to follow our social media channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Again, welcome to the Class of 2024. We look forward to meeting you and being a part of all that you will achieve in the years ahead. Welcome!

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Miles
Dean
Clifton R. Musser Professor of Law and Economics

May 12 – Dean of Student’s Welcome

UChicago Law Class of 2024: Summer Kickoff

Dear Class of 2024,

Welcome to the University of Chicago Law School! I am excited you will be joining our community and look forward to supporting your academic journey.

We recognize this is an unusual time to start your legal education. Over the course of the summer, we will provide you with regular and frequent updates so that you have all the information you need to start law school successfully. Please know our goals include keeping you safe, answering your questions, and making sure you know who to turn to for help and assistance. Despite the challenges of the past year, we are confident you have the strength and talents to begin law school during this pandemic, and we firmly believe that at the end of your three years you will be better lawyers because of it.

While there is much that we do not yet know about the next academic year, we do know that the University has announced a full resumption of activities in Autumn and we expect all 1Ls to be in Chicago for in-person classes in September

Please read the following information carefully.

Summer Kick-Off!

COVID-19 is having an impact on how we socialize, but we won’t let it get in the way of us getting to know each other.  To help us counter current limitations and prepare for the fall, we are going to hold our Summer Kick-Off on Zoom on Wednesday, June 16 at 3:00 PM CDT. This session will take place with staff from Admissions and the Dean of Students office. This will be the first of several opportunities to get to know us and also to get to know your fellow classmates. We strongly urge you to participate in this Summer Kick-Off. Register for the Summer Kick-Off here »

Orientation

Law School Orientation will take place in-person September 9-15, 2021 and the first day of Law School classes will be Monday, September 20. Please note that this is a week earlier than most of the University of Chicago community, so be mindful that other communications from the University may reference a later date. You may view the full Law School 2021-2022 Academic Calendar.

Please note that all parts of Orientation are required. We will provide you with a more detailed schedule in the coming weeks. In the meantime, if you have any questions, you may contact us at deanofstudents@law.uchicago.edu or visit our Orientation website.

Pre-Orientation

We are excited to offer a 5-day pre-orientation experience designed to strengthen the academic, professional, and interpersonal skills of diverse incoming students. The program takes place August 30 - September 3, the week before Orientation, and will expose participants to the classroom environment at the Law School as well as the tools of success for any law student. Pre-Orientation will bring together a small cohort of students.
Priority Application Deadline: June 6
For more information and to apply »

CNetID and UChicago Email

You need to create your CNetID by June 25. Your CNetID is a username that you select and will use to access most online services at the University, including wireless access and the student portal. Your campus email address contains your CNetID, and it also allows you to receive important information from us. You can choose any available CNetID, but since your CNetID can never be changed, I strongly recommend choosing something you’ll want in the future, such as the email address you will use to apply for jobs.

To create your CNetID, visit https://cnet.uchicago.edu/claimacct/. You will need your birthdate and student ID number, which can be found on the upper right-hand side of this letter. You must create your CNetID by June 25. If you already have a CNetID from attending the College or another program at the University of Chicago, you will maintain this CNetID for the Law School.

2FA

As part of efforts to keep personal and institutional information secure, the University of Chicago requires two-factor authentication (2FA) for access to many of the University’s most frequently used online services and systems. When you attempt to claim your CNetID, you will be prompted to enroll in 2FA. 2FA is an added security measure similar to how you protect your bank account with a PIN, to make UChicago information and your online identity less vulnerable to misuse. If you have already claimed your CNetID but not enrolled in 2FA, or if you would simply like more information, please go to https://get2fa.uchicago.edu/.

Disability Accommodations

Students seeking disability accommodations should be in touch with the Student Disability Services (SDS) office as soon as possible to initiate the accommodation process. As the process to determine eligibility may take many weeks, I urge you to begin now. For more information, please visit http://disabilities.uchicago.edu.

Summer To-Do List & Communications

This is one of many communications from the Law School that you will receive over the next few months. Following this, you will receive regular Orientation communications. All information included in these communications will also be available at https://www.law.uchicago.edu/orientation. This website will serve as your primary resource through the summer, as you prepare for your arrival to campus. In particular, I urge you to review the To-Do list, which gives you a number of required tasks to complete each month. In the coming weeks, this list will be updated so please continue to refer back to it.

Throughout the summer, please consider the Dean of Students Office your primary resource for any questions or concerns that you have. Please feel free to email us any time at deanofstudents@law.uchicago.edu.

Once again, congratulations on your admission and welcome! We are so excited to begin the process of getting to know you this summer and I look forward to seeing you in September.

Warmest regards,

Charles N. Todd
Dean of Students
The Law School

May 19 – From the Admissions Office

Welcome from the Admissions Office

Photo of Admissions staff smiling

Dear Class of 2024,

Starting law school is an unforgettable moment for every law student. Starting law school in the midst of an unforgettable moment for the entire world is something that will forever set the Class of 2024 apart.

In the Admissions Office, we had the good fortune to meet many of you at virtual forums, fairs, and panels. We read your files and marveled at all you have accomplished. We interviewed you over Zoom and introduced you to our community during Admitted Students Weekend and Admitted Students April.  Now it is our pleasure to welcome you to the University of Chicago Law School as incoming members of the Class of 2024 – and welcome you to campus in the fall (please continue to follow emails from the Dean of Students Office for details on the fall).

You are joining a truly exceptional community here at UChicago Law. You will find a community committed to academic excellence and deeply committed to supporting one another. We are a part of that support system. We love hearing from you to learn how everything is going. Please stop by our offices on the third floor and check in (we have free snacks!).

We hope you take advantage of every opportunity available to you here at the Law School, across the Midway, and in the City of Chicago. We also hope you help us recruit the Class of 2025! Our Student Admissions Committee (SAC) is a volunteer student organization that assists with campus visits, recruiting and Admitted Students Weekend. Please consider joining us!

We wish you all the best with your legal education and beyond. We will be there with you every step of the way-- especially in the Spring Quarter when we hope we will be able to call on you to help us with our Admitted Students Weekend, so that you too can experience that in person! In the meantime, we hope you and your families are well. We’ll see you in Chicago soon!

All the best,

Signatures of Admissions staff

Ann K. Perry, Associate Dean for Admissions
Elizabeth Kearney, Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Meg Bingle, Associate Director of Admissions
Michelle Ortiz Wortel, Director of Financial Aid
Donita Cook, Financial Aid Analyst
Kelyne Owens, Admissions Coordinator
Taylor Alexander, Admissions Coordinator

May 25 – Your Orientation Directors

Welcome from your Orientation Directors

Orientation directors Cher and Avera

CONGRATULATIONS! Welcome Class of 2024! We’re glad you chose to spend the next three years in Chicago with us. We’re looking forward to meeting you in the fall, but in the meantime here’s a little about us.

Cher - My name is Cher Christnacht. I’m a rising 2L and originally from Bethlehem, NH. In my free time I enjoy running, trying out new restaurants, and going to concerts and sporting events (in non-Covid times)!

I graduated from Temple University in 2017 with a degree in Sociology. I spent three years before law school working as a statistician in D.C. At the law school, I’m involved with the Law Women’s Caucus, Labor and Employment Law Society, and the Law and Business Society.

I chose to be involved with orientation because starting law school is such an exciting time. I want to help you all start the year off on the best note possible! I know there’s going to be a lot of questions as the school year approaches, so feel free to reach out with any concerns.

Avera – My name is Avera Dorsey and I’m a rising 2L. I’m from Las Vegas, NV and attended Northwestern University for undergrad (class of 2017) where I majored in Economics and Legal Studies.

Prior to joining the law school, I worked in international purchasing in Chicago and tried to travel as much as I could (before the pandemic!). In addition to traveling, I love running along the lakefront, playing board games, and enjoying all the great restaurants Chicago has to offer. At the law school I’m involved with the Black Law Students Association (I’m the VP), First Generation Professionals and Law Women’s Caucus.

I chose to be involved with orientation because I love being able to welcome new faces on campus. At my undergrad I was and still am pretty involved with recruiting/admitted student events and I wanted to continue to do that at the law school. I believe that orientation is a great place to start making connections and building relationships that will last throughout your personal and professional lives. I’m also excited to be able to (hopefully!) experience my first in-person law school orientation with you all.

We’ll be in touch as orientation approaches. If you have any questions, we’re here all summer so please reach out. We’re here to help!

In the meantime, we have a few requests for you:

  • If you haven’t done so already, please join the UChicago Law 2024 FB group. This is especially helpful if you are looking for roommates or have random questions that members of your class (or upperclassmen) may be able to answer. Of course, you can always reach out to us as well.
  • Please use this link to join the Slack group that your classmates have started for your class to use throughout orientation and the school year (this is something each of our classes did at the beginning of the year, and it was a great way to join the community and stay connected). Once you join, there is an Orientation channel that we will use to share important information. We are also in the main group channel, but don’t worry, we will leave the group once the school year starts!
  • Learn more about us and all of our student Orientation Leaders for this year.

We can’t wait to see you all on campus soon! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Avera
Class of 2023
ajdorsey@uchicago.edu

Cher
Class of 2023
cheridanc@uchicago.edu

June 3 – Diversity & Inclusion

Law School event banner

Dear Class of 2024,

Congratulations and welcome to the University of Chicago Law School! As chair of our faculty Diversity & Inclusion Committee, I’m delighted to welcome you as the newest members of our community. At UChicago Law, our educational approach is centered on our enthusiasm for ideas, and our belief that ideas matter and so are worth discussing. Learning at the Law School is participatory and often passionate. The pedagogical approach succeeds best when our community includes people of diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and perspectives—and when all people within our community feel able to bring their ideas and experiences to bear.

At this complex moment in history, training excellent lawyers is of paramount importance. The differential and contested impact of many policies in our country means that it is all the more important that your education be rigorous and sensitive, full of well-supported debate and respectful dialogue. Only by celebrating the diversity of our community and focusing on issues of equity and inclusion can we ensure that you will be prepared to make a difference both in our legal arena and in our wider world.

With that in mind, and as you prepare for orientation, I want to make sure you are aware of a few prominent Law School and campus-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives. Please also make time to visit our updated website where you will find many of our programs and initiatives: UChicago Law School Diversity and Inclusion.

Pre-Orientation Program 2021

We are excited to offer a 5-day pre-orientation experience designed to strengthen the academic, professional, and interpersonal skills of diverse incoming students. The program takes place August 30 - September 3, the week before Orientation, and will expose participants to the classroom environment at the Law School as well as the tools of success for any law student. Pre-Orientation will bring together a small cohort of students; the application is available on our website.

Program Benefits

  • Introduction to 1L Legal Education: Participants will receive lectures covering Law & Economics and Critical Race Theory from Law School faculty.
  • Big Skills Development: Participants will strengthen skills in case analysis, cold calling, outlining, research, writing/editing, and using library services.
  • Build Community: Spend time with the Dean and get to know a small group of your fellow classmates before the quarter gets underway.
  • Stipend: Participants will receive a $500 stipend for program completion.

Priority Application Deadline: June 6
For more information and to apply »

JumpStart Virtual Program: August 10-11, 2021

In addition to our Pre-Orientation program for incoming UChicago Law students, we also partner with the Illinois law schools (DePaul, IIT-Chicago-Kent, Loyola, Northwestern, UIC John Marshall and University of Illinois) to host JumpStart, a three-day virtual program designed to assist law students in deliberately navigating the legal educational process to become successful professionals. The program targets students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in both law schools and the legal profession.  Students will have the opportunity to meet fellow law students at other institutions, network with federal judges, law clerks and young attorneys and discuss the key components of academic success with law school professors, including class preparation, note-taking, outlining and exam-writing.

Students may apply for and participate in both Pre-Orientation and JumpStart or opt to participate in only one program.

Application Deadline: July 8
To apply, please submit a brief (300 words or less) statement explaining your interest in the JumpStart program to Meg Bingle, Associate Director of Admissions, mbingle@uchicago.edu. Meg is also available to answer any questions about JumpStart.

Law School Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Affinity Student Organizations

UChicago Law School is home to more than 60 student organizations with a wide variety of purposes, and new student groups are always being formed to meet the changing needs of the student body. Affinity student organizations are made up of individuals that share a common interest or goal, or are connected by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political ideology, religious affiliation, and more.
Full list of affinity student organizations »

Bridges

Bridges is a student-led initiative intended to give selected students an opportunity to reflect on their unique 1L experiences with depth and nuance—and share those insights with the wider community and prospective students. Supported by the Office of the Dean of Students and the Communications Office, students take part in an intimate roundtable series with like-minded peers where they will share their stories, develop a creative writing skillset, and produce narratives for the Law School website.
Read recent essays »

Martha C. Nussbaum Student Roundtables

A series of conversations with students hosted by faculty members and other members of the Law School community. The roundtables were endowed by Professor Nussbaum in 2019 with the intent of bringing together students and faculty with diverse, and often disparate ideological viewpoints in a respectful discussion. Students are encouraged to engage and confront ideas that may be different from their own with a spirit of civil and vigorous debate.
View past roundtable discussions »

Campus-Wide Diversity and Inclusion Resources

UChicago Law School works collaboratively with several of our campus-wide initiatives to ensure that our efforts are aligned with the broader diversity and inclusion mission of the University. Here are a few initiatives that you should explore prior to your arrival:

  • Office of LGBTQ Student Life - Serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students and allies from across the University in order to create an inclusive and safe community, providing educational, social, and professional opportunities and resources
  • Office of Multicultural Student Affairs - Supports the academic success of students of color at the University of Chicago and works to build an inclusive campus community
  • Spiritual Life Office - Connects students of every faith to resources on campus and in the community at large, including student groups, places of worship, and events
  • The Student Ombudsperson is an independent University official appointed by (and reporting to) the University President. The Ombudsperson is responsible for investigating and helping to resolve student complaints and grievances, particularly in instances where regular channels or processes have not proved sufficient

The Law School is committed to the mission of promoting a learning environment that is welcoming and inclusive for all students both inside and outside of the classroom. We will only achieve this mission with your commitment and participation. Your voice is vital in our classroom and our community. I encourage you to join us on this journey and help us advance, celebrate, and promote diversity and inclusion both at the Law School and on the UChicago campus.

Sincerely,

Aziz Huq
Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg Professor of Law
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

June 14 – Reminders & Vaccine Requirement

UChicago Law Class of 2024: summer kickoff

Dear Class of 2024,

We are busily preparing for Orientation and your arrival at the Law School this September. As you prepare to get started, we want to remind you of a few upcoming events and deadlines and also share with you some updated information on the University’s vaccine requirements.

SUMMER KICK-OFF, JUNE 16

As a reminder, this coming Wednesday, June 16 is our Summer Kick-Off for the Class of 2024. This event will take place virtually via Zoom from 3:00 – 4:00 PM Central. At this event you will hear from our Dean of Admissions, Ann Perry, as well as myself. We will answer questions you have about preparing for Orientation and the Autumn Quarter. We will also have a breakout room opportunity for you to meet some of your classmates. We hope to see you all there!
Register for the Summer Kick-Off »

SUMMER TO-DO LIST

We want to draw your attention to the list of Summer To-Do items on the Orientation website. Some of the items you need to complete by June 25 include:

  • Claim your CNetID and setup your UChicago email account
  • Complete your Incoming Student Profile.
  • Claim your UChicago Zoom account.
  • Submit your photo for the Glass Menagerie.

Review the Summer To-Do list »

VACCINE REQUIREMENT

If you have already claimed your CNetID then you should have received an email last week on June 10, 2021 from the University regarding steps to fulfill your COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement. As the University announced on May 18, all students participating in in-person classes, research, or activities in the U.S. are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 starting with the 2021 Autumn Quarter. Students participating in any University in-person or on-campus activity that begins in the month of August 2021 will need to show proof of full vaccination by August 1. All other students will need to show proof of full vaccination by September 1, 2021.

This guide provides step-by-step instructions for submitting your documentation. Please do not submit your documentation until two weeks after you have received all doses of your vaccine. If you received your vaccine at UChicago Medicine or UChicago Student Wellness, you still need to upload your vaccine card/record using this system.

If you have questions about the University’s vaccine requirement, I encourage you to review the Vaccination FAQs. Students who are not vaccinated or do not have an approved exemption will not be authorized to access campus or participate in in-person classes, research, or other activities after their vaccination deadline.

SCHEDULE YOUR VACCINE

Incoming students can request a vaccine by emailing UChicago Student Wellness at studentwellness@uchospitals.edu. Please provide your mobile phone number, eight-digit student ID number, and if you are not currently on campus, please indicate the date you anticipate arriving on campus. Staff will contact you to arrange an appointment time.

We look forward to seeing you all soon. Please do not hesitate to reach out over the coming months with questions.

Warmly,

Charles N. Todd
Dean of Students
The Law School

June 30 – Student Life at the Law School

Reminders....

Your Summer To-Do List is Updated

Don't forget to check the Summer To-Do List for new tasks!

Past Due!

Send your photo for the Glass Menagerie! (Due June 25)

Complete your Incoming Student Profile! (Due June 25)

 

Image of Law School in Hyde Park campus

Dear Class of 2024,

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Chicago! I extend a welcome to you as the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Programming by inviting you to get involved in the life of the Law School outside of your work in the classroom. Law School Student Organizations are your way of leaving an indelible mark on the vibrancy of your student experience.

As you prepare for your arrival, please make note of the information below regarding student life. I’m also including a few reminders about tasks related to orientation and your academic success.

Law School Student Organization

The University of Chicago Law School has over 60 Law School Student Organizations, referred to as LSSOs. LSSOs are officially recognized student-run organizations entitled to a variety of benefits including funding, use of Law School event spaces and staff support.

Don’t see a group that speaks to your interests? Start your own! New student groups are always being formed to meet the changing needs of the student body. In addition to the variety of groups sponsored by the Law School, there are hundreds more groups that are supported by University of Chicago Center for Leadership and Involvement, a campus-wide entity that serves all students.

There will be several opportunities to become familiar with student groups both within the Law School and across the wider campus. Please mark your calendar for the Welcome BBQ and LSSO Fair on Thursday, September 23 at 3:30 PM in the Law School. Stay tuned for more information on the campus-wide Student Activities & Resource Fair (SARF) as we get closer to the Autum.
List of Law School Student Organizations »
Summer to-do: Fill out the Student Org Interest Form »

Orientation Week Social Events

We look forward to the opportunity to get to know you in more relaxed settings at a variety of social events during the week of orientation.

On Friday, September 10, there will be a Chicago River Cruise that offers spectacular views of the downtown area, along with food and beverages. The Class of 2024, along with our orientation leaders are invited to attend.

Additionally, we will celebrate the start of the academic year at the Entering Students Dinner, a long standing Law School tradition that gives new students the chance to meet and mingle with faculty and each other. The dinner features a speech by a faculty member and takes place on Tuesday, September 14 in the Harold J. Green Lounge at the Law School.

Disability Accommodation

Students seeking disability accommodations should be in touch with the Student Disability Services (SDS) office as soon as possible to initiate the accommodation process. As the process to determine eligibility may take many weeks, I urge you to begin now. For more information, please visit http://disabilities.uchicago.edu or call 773.702.6000

Information Technology Memo

The Law School requires students to use laptops for all Law School exams. Student financial aid allocations include $1,500 to cover the cost of a laptop purchase (or other computer equipment needed). The IT Department details the recommended configurations for laptops here: in our IT Memo. Do not hesitate to contact David Gulbransen, Director of IT, at dgulbran@uchicago.edu with any questions.

As always, the information included in this letter will also be available at https://www.law.uchicago.edu/orientation. Review the To-Do list, to make sure you are on track with your preparations for September and beyond.

Throughout the summer, please consider the Dean of Students Office your primary resource for any questions or concerns that you have. Please feel free to email us any time at deanofstudents@law.uchicago.edu.

Candace Mui
Associate Director of Student Affairs and Programs
The Law School

July 8 – Academic Resources & Registration

Upcoming Events

Class of 2024 UChi Law Trivia!

Join the Law Student Association (LSA) for a night of trivia! You and your classmates will compete in fun rounds of different trivia categories.

Friday, July 23, 7:00 PM CDT
Register here »

Public Service at the Law School: Community and Careers

Featuring alumni and Law School faculty, this session will share information about how we view and support public service at the Law School and welcome you into that public service community.

Wednesday, August 11, 3:00 - 4:30 PM CDT
Save the Date! Registration link to come!

 

Flowers in front of the Law Schoo

Dear Class of 2024,

Welcome to the University of Chicago Law School! My name is Jesse Landstrom, and I am the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Academic Services. I am writing to share some important details about registration, as well as your Bigelow assignment, Peer Advisors, and academic sessions during Orientation. I hope this information is helpful as you prepare for the beginning of your program at UChicago Law.

Class Schedule

The Office of the Registrar will register you for your Autumn and Winter classes. Spring will be a combination of your choice registration and the Registrar preregistering for you. Autumn quarter classes include Elements of the Law, Civil Procedure, and Torts. You will also be registered for your Legal Research and Writing section (known as a “Bigelow section,” as they are taught by Bigelow Teaching Fellows). Your class schedules will be available by logging into my.UChicago.edu the week of September 7 - there is nothing else you need to do for registration. As a reminder, all classes for Autumn Quarter will be in-person. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office: deanofstudents@law.uchicago.edu.

Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors are 3L students who are available to help you navigate life at the Law School. They will coordinate several programs for you throughout the year to provide advice on exams, preparing for class discussions, course selection, and more. They will also be available to meet individually on a walk-in basis to discuss any questions related to classes, preparing for exams, referrals to campus resources, or advice about adjusting to this new campus community. I encourage you to make a point of visiting our Peer Advisors during the autumn quarter. Once their office hours are scheduled, you will receive additional information via email from the Dean of Students Office.

Academic Sessions at Orientation

During Orientation we will begin to introduce you to the resources that will help you succeed while in Law School. On Thursday, September 9, you will kick things off with a faculty panel, “Intellectual Life at the Law School,” followed by a panel with your Peer Advisors who will cover all of the academic topics you have been eager to learn about. During Orientation you will also meet with your Bigelow fellow for the first time for your very first class at the Law School. We will send your reading assignment for this class by the beginning of September. Keep on the lookout for this assignment email and be sure to give yourself time to get your reading done.

Name Recording

In efforts to assist faculty and staff with the correct name pronunciation, incoming students are required to record their names and provide phonetic spelling. You can complete this starting Monday, August 2 by visiting my.uchicago.edu, logging in with your CNetID and password, and clicking on My Profile located on the right side of the main page. Directly under your name you will find the button Record Your Name. Please say your name once slowly, and once the way you usually say it, so that we can make sure to pronounce it correctly. The deadline to complete this is Friday, August 20, 2021. Also, if you have not reviewed the Summer To-Do List in a while, I would encourage you to do so.

Visit my.uchicago.edu to record your name »
Review the Summer To-Do List »

Transcript Reminder

This is a reminder that we need your official, final transcript sent to LSAC from your prior institutions. This is an ABA requirement in order for you to begin with us in the autumn. Please check the Online Status Checker to confirm if we have your official undergraduate transcript and any final graduate transcripts. If we have not received them, please have them sent directly to LSAC to be processed through the CAS by Tuesday, August 31. If you have questions about your transcripts, please reach out to law-class24@uchicago.edu.

Check the Online Status Checker »

Advising in Autumn Quarter and Beyond

Once the Autumn Quarter begins, I invite you to schedule an appointment with me for a general check-in meeting so I can learn more about you, your goals, and how I can best support you during your 1L year and beyond. As your advisor, I am here to help you navigate the academic requirements, and to act as a sounding board for any questions, concerns or challenges. In addition to academics, I am also available to discuss issues of health and wellness. I want to know how you are adjusting to law school life and finding community, and to share ideas for finding balance and managing stress. As I hope you will see, we take a holistic approach to advising and look forward to supporting your 1L transition.

Big Sibling/Little Sibling Program

Building a relationship with a mentor can be a key part of your law school success. The Law School’s Big Sibling Program matches incoming 1L students with a 2L or 3L mentor. All 1Ls are invited to participate in this year-long program.

2L and 3L students who volunteer to serve as Big Siblings make themselves available to answer questions about academics, extracurriculars, the faculty, getting to know Hyde Park and Chicago, and many other questions that new law students may have. The Big Sibling Program is flexibly structured. Past participants met with their Big Siblings every few weeks, while others found it helpful to meet once a quarter. The deadline to sign up is Friday, July 17 at 5:00 p.m.

Register for Big Sibling Program »

I hope you are enjoying your summer, and I look forward to meeting you at Orientation!

Sincerely,

Jesse Landstrom
Associate Director of Student Affairs and Academic Services
The Law School
Pronouns: she/her/hers
jlandstrom@uchicago.edu

Reminders

Have you finished your Summer To-Do list? Some recent items include:

July 19 – Welcome to Career Services

Upcoming Events

Class of 2024 UChi Law Trivia!

Join the Law Student Association (LSA) for a night of trivia! You and your classmates will compete in fun rounds of different trivia categories
This Friday, July 23, 7:00 PM CDT
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Public Service at the Law School: Community and Careers

Featuring alumni and Law School faculty, this session will share information about how we view and support public service at the Law School and welcome you into that public service community.
Wednesday, August 11, 3:00 - 4:30 PM CDT
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Dear Class of 2024,

Welcome to the University of Chicago Law School from the Office of Career Services! The entire team and I look forward to working with you in the months and years to come.

Our approach to career services is anchored by the idea that one size does not fit all. We provide you with the tools and resources you need for your job search and take an individual approach to supporting you as you chart your career path.

To give you a preview, here is an outline of the work we will do with you in the Autumn Quarter. OCS will present resources and a roster of programs developed specifically for 1Ls to orient you to the types of jobs our students obtain, the documents you will need for a legal job search, and the support and services that OCS offers. Then in October and November, you will each have your first one-on-one appointment with a career advisor of your choice to discuss your individual career goals.

Before the Autumn Quarter begins there is nothing you need to be doing to launch your career search, but we do have two career-related items that you may want to consider.

First, we are pleased to announce an upcoming public service-focused event just for your class. “Public Service at the Law School: Community and Careers” is a dynamic virtual session that we will present on Wednesday, August 11 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. CDT. The event will feature alumni and other members of the Law School community sharing information about how we view and support public service at the Law School and welcoming you into that public service community. Register here »

Second, one thing you will need to do for your legal job search is update your current resume to create a legal resume. We will host a resume workshop early in the Autumn Quarter, but if you want to start working on this update, we have provided information to guide you so you can have your resume draft ready for your first meeting with your advisor in the fall.

We are excited that you will be joining the Law School community, and look forward to working with you on your job search!

Sincerely,

Lois Casaleggi
Associate Dean for Career Services
The Law School

Career Services Information

New To-Do Item

Please complete the following new To-Do item!>

You should review the To-Do list on the Orientation page. Make sure you have done all of the following:

July 26 – Public Service at UChicago Law

Upcoming Events

Public Service at the Law School: Community and Careers

Featuring alumni and Law School faculty, this session will share information about how we view and support public service at the Law School and welcome you into that public service community.
Wednesdayday, August 11, 3:00 - 4:30 PM CDT
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Dear Class of 2024,

Allow me to join my colleagues in welcoming you to the University of Chicago Law School!

As the administrator in charge of the Law School’s public service programming, I have learned over the years that the majority of incoming law students are interested in practicing some kind of public interest law, either immediately upon graduation or as a lateral move from private practice or judicial clerkships. Even some graduates who opt for a law firm, with no plans to leave, nevertheless find that both they and their firms are continually seeking ways to engage in pro bono work as a way to give back to the community. This means, that no matter what classes and activities you take on during law school, and no matter what type of job you seek after law school, you will frequently find yourselves in the position of public servant.

Whether you choose to register for a law school clinic, take on a pro bono project, devote part or all of a summer to public sector work, join or lead one of our many public interest student organizations, or enroll in public interest law classes, the Office of Career Services is here to help you find ways to develop your professional credentials and support your community. And, if you decide to pursue public service as your post-graduate career, we can definitely help you with that!

In the coming months, you will learn more about all of the ways that OCS can help you forge a public interest career. The entire OCS team supports public service careers, but I want to take a moment to introduce you to two members of the team in particular: Hannah Fine runs our Pro Bono Service Initiative and advises students headed to the public sector, and Aican Nguyen is our International Programs Director and can help you plan for service abroad. We are so excited to get started that we have developed an early opportunity for you to meet our team, some of our recent alumni in public interest law, and some faculty who are committed to fostering public interest law careers.

Please register and mark your calendars for August 11 at 3:00 PM CDT for a 90-minute Zoom session entitled, “Public Service at the Law School: Community and Careers.” This will be our first chance to meet you, but also your first chance to get to know one another and begin developing your own peer community. Come prepared to share what type of public interest law issues excite you: civil rights, climate change, affordable housing, regulatory work, criminal defense. Or you can share what practice setting speaks to you: litigation, transactional, policy, or legislative work. The conversation may even broaden your own range of interests, and a successful law school experience is one that broadens your scope.

I am excited that you will be joining the Law School community, and look forward to helping you build your public interest community as well!

Sincerely,

Susan J. Curry
Senior Director of Public Interest Law & Policy
The Law School

Orientation website

To-Do Items

You should review the To-Do list on the Orientation page.

August 2 – Financial Aid at UChicago Law

Reminders

Public Service at the Law School: Community and Careers

Featuring alumni and Law School faculty, this session will share information about how we view and support public service at the Law School and welcome you into that public service community.
Wednesday, August 11, 3:00 - 4:30 PM CDT
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Due today! 1L Preferences for Engage Chicago

If you have not yet filled out this form, please do so today. If you do not complete the form, you will be assigned to one of our service sites.
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Dear Class of 2024,

Welcome to Chicago and greetings from your Financial Aid Team! As you prepare for your arrival on campus, we’d like to share some important information with you regarding Financial Aid. We are very much looking forward to getting to know you and wish you all the best in your legal education journey.

Please review the helpful information guide we have provided for you below and feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Students can sign up to receive emails regarding Law Financial Aid updates, events, and outside scholarship opportunities by subscribing to the Law Financial Aid Listserv.
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Law School Financial Aid Office

Law School Financial Aid Office is located in the Law School on the 3rd Floor in the Student Services Suite. The Financial Aid Office is here to answer your questions, process your student loans, disburse federal student loan funds, help with concerns, and if need be, direct you to the appropriate office outside the Law School. To meet with one of our Law Financial Aid team, you can schedule an appointment online.
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Bursar’s Office

The Bursar’s Office can provide information regarding tuition and fees, billing policies and dates, agency billing, payment plans, time schedules, direct deposit of refunds, electronic billing and payments, tax information, and lost checks.
Bursar’s Office website »

Funding Information

Loans normally disburse to your tuition account one week before the start of each quarter. Funds are typically available within 48-72 hours through my.UChicago direct deposit or a week later by mailed check. You can log into my.UChicago to sign up for direct deposit by following the path Finances >>Financial Aid>>Direct Deposit Enroll.
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All students will receive their University of Chicago bill electronically and pay online. All communications from the Bursar’s Office (including EBills and Payment notices) will use your assigned University of Chicago email address.

The Incoming Student Budget for the 2021-2022 academic year is $104,316; please see the Cost of Attendance for the complete breakdown. Some students may have expenses not covered by the standard budget; please review the Law Financial Aid Handbook for additional information on budget appeals, as well as more detailed information on the financial aid process.
Cost of Attendance »
Law Financial Aid Handbook »

Outside Scholarships

Please note that there is also a wide range of external scholarships available for which you may apply. We encourage you to begin researching these scholarship opportunities. The Office of Career Services also includes outside scholarships in their weekly job postings email.
Outside Scholarship Site »

Activate your free Ask EDNA!

Nonprofit AccessLex Institute is our partner in offering this program at no cost. MAX is the free personal finance program exclusively designed for law students. It offers free courses on everything from building your law school budget to funding your bar exam experience to personal tax strategy, as well as live events and financial coaching from a team of Accredited Financial Counselors®. By completing course lessons and attending events, you gain entries toward the annual MAX scholarship drawings, where you can win up to $40,000 toward law school tuition! The program awards nearly $350,000 in scholarships to law students each year.
Activate your free Ask EDNA! account »
MAX Scholarships »

Summer Public Interest Program

The Summer Public Interest Program provides first and second-year students who work in qualifying public interest positions for eight full-time weeks a guaranteed award of $5,000. Each year students who chose to participate complete an online form in mid-April and receive funds in mid-June.
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Loan Repayment Assistance Program

The Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) provides graduates who meet all qualifications of the program (i.e. who work in a paid qualifying public interest position (including judicial clerkships), meet the program salary cap, etc.) a forgivable loan to cover the cost of their University of Chicago Law School federal student loan Income Based Repayment (IBR) payments for the year.
Read about LRAP »

Wishing you all the best!

Michelle Ortiz Wortel, Director of Financial Aid

Donita Cook, Financial Aid Analyst

August 10 – Orientation updates & deadlines

Reminders

TOMORROW: Public Service at the Law School: Community and Careers

Featuring alumni and Law School faculty, this session will share information about how we view and support public service at the Law School and welcome you into that public service community.
TOMORROW, August 11, 3:00 - 4:30 PM CDT
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Dear Class of 2024,

It is hard to believe that we are already into August and that we are just a month away from the start of Orientation! At this time we have a number of administrative updates and reminders for you. All of this information is very important to help you get started so please review it carefully and be sure to complete all to-do items by their deadline.

Additionally, we know many of you have questions about the Orientation schedule. You may now find a more detailed Orientation schedule on the Orientation website.

Student ID Card

Your University-issued student ID card, also known as the UChicago Card, is your official University identification card. It is also your key to entering many buildings on campus including the Law School, the main University library, and the campus athletic center. Your UChicago Card will also allow you to ride the 171 and 172 CTA buses and the Ugo shuttles for free.

You should obtain your student ID card before Orientation begins on September 9. If you haven’t done so already, please upload a photo for the ID card. Entering students may pick up their ID card any time between the beginning of August and the start of Orientation.
Upload your ID card photo »
Information on where to obtain your ID card »

Student Health Insurance

The University requires all registered students to carry adequate health insurance to cover, among other costs, hospitalization and outpatient diagnostic, testing and surgical procedures. The University offers a student health insurance program called U-SHIP. Coverage in U-SHIP begins on September 1, 2021. If you plan to enroll in U-SHIP, we encourage you to complete the U-SHIP enrollment form at this time.

If you already have health insurance that offers comparable coverage, you must complete a U-SHIP waiver. All students should either complete the U-SHIP enrollment form or should complete a waiver no later than October 15.
U-SHIP enrollment/waiver site »

COVID-19 Vaccine Compliance Deadline

As the University announced on May 18, all students participating in in-person classes, research, or activities in the U.S. are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 starting with the 2021 Autumn Quarter. Students who are not vaccinated or do not have an approved exemption by September 1 will not be authorized to access campus or participate in Orientation activities, in-person classes, or other activities after their vaccination deadline.
Step-by-step guide »
COVID-19 vaccination FAQ »

Other Required Immunizations

The University and the Illinois Department of Public Health require all students to present documented proof of immunity against Measles (Rubeola), Rubella (German Measles), Mumps, TD (Tetanus and Diptheria), and Meningococcal (under age 22). To avoid a registration hold for subsequent quarters, please follow the below directions for uploading your records. If you need a required immunization, please call UChicago Student Wellness at 773-834-WELL to schedule a convenient appointment time.

  • Log in to the Wellness Portal (uchicagoportal.pointnclick.com) using your CNet ID and password.
  • Click on Medical Clearances from the left-hand menu. Here you will provide the dates you received your immunizations AND upload your completed documentation.

Record Your Name

Students are required to record their names and provide the phonetic spelling in order to assist faculty and staff with the correct name pronunciation. You can complete this by visiting my.uchicago.edu, logging in with your CNetID and password, and clicking on My Profile located on the right side of the main page. Directly under your name you will find the button Record Your Name. Please complete your recording no later than August 31.

As always, please feel free to be in touch with us over the next month if you have any questions.

Warmest wishes,

Charles N. Todd
Dean of Students
The Law School

August 23 – Orientation & Kapnick To-Do Items

Dear Class of 2024,

During Orientation, you’ll experience the Kapnick Leadership Initiative. At this time, we’re asking you to complete some minimal pre-work for your Kapnick modules. This email explains that pre-work. We also need you to complete a waiver for our Leadership Orientation Retreat.

  • Leadership Orientation Retreat waiver due by Friday, September 3
  • Conflict Module pre-work due by Sunday, September 12 at 11:59 PM
  • Personality Module pre-work due by Monday, September 13 at 11:59 PM
  • Captive the Audience pre-work due by Wednesday, September 15

Kapnick Initiative

At UChicago Law, we recognize that our graduates are not just lawyers—they are also leaders in every area of practice and business. An innovative portion of our Orientation is a leadership development and training program called the Kapnick Leadership Initiative. Like all other portions of Orientation, Kapnick is required for all entering students. You should anticipate three exciting days of team-building exercises and leadership challenges.

Leadership Orientation Retreat

Kapnick will kick off with the Leadership Orientation Retreat on Monday, September 13. Please be sure to come prepared for an active day

  • Wear comfortable shoes that you can easily walk in
  • You may need a hat and sunscreen as much of the day will be outdoors
  • Be sure to wear your Kapnick Bigelow t-shirt that you receive at registration

You must complete the retreat waiver by Friday, September 3. Once you have filled it out, please email your waiver to Kapnick.0ehquxv4c977nwxh@u.box.com.

Personality Module

In this session, we will review important aspects of your personality, and how they relate to your interactions with others. To do this, we are asking you to complete the Hogan Personality Inventory. You will receive an individual username and password via a separate email in the next couple of days, along with further instructions for completing the assessment. The email will come from Leadership.Development@ChicagoBooth.edu. Complete the assessment by 11:59 PM on Monday, September 13.

Conflict Module

During this session, you’ll receive personalized results about your default conflict-resolution tendencies. To generate those results, please complete the following 4 steps by 11:59 PM on Sunday, September 12:

  1. Click on the following link (or copy and paste into your browser):
    https://Elevate.themyersbriggs.com/Respondent/ReturningUser?tokenId=3a0e3978-8dfb-eb11-b563-a085fc8e72ed
  2. Complete the brief registration information.
  3. Complete the demographic survey (if applicable).
  4. Complete the assessment.

Note that the assessment typically takes only 10 minutes to complete. If needed, you can save your progress and return to the assessment later (provided that you remember the password you provide when you register).

Captivate the Audience Module

Captivate the Audience (CTA) is an opportunity for you to prepare and deliver a formal, persuasive speech to a small group of your fellow 1Ls. The intent of CTA is to increase self-awareness of your public speaking style and empower you with tools to enhance your presentation abilities in front of an audience. The time limit is four (4) minutes, and you are not allowed PowerPoint or any other visual aids, nor should you use notecards or a text to read from. Feel free to choose any topic you like, keeping in mind the professional nature of your audience and the setting. To feel prepared for CTA, we encourage you to plan and practice your speech.

We recommend that you create a draft of your speech outline: A good outline is detailed, descriptive, and reflects the structure of your speech. There is a logical sequence of ideas and the objectives of the speech should be clearly highlighted.

Questions about any of the Kapnick pre-work? Feel free to e-mail your questions directly to leadership.development@chicagobooth.edu

University ID Card

Remember to pick up your University ID card before the first day of Orientation (i.e. before Thursday, September 9). You will need your ID card to access the Law School building. In order to pick-up your ID card, please make an appointment through the section on How to get your UChicago Card.

If you have not already uploaded your photo for your card, please do so ASAP so that it can be printed in time. This summer to-do item is already past due!

Research Assistant Opportunity

Professor Adam Chilton is looking for up to 10 research assistants to work part-time for roughly 30 hours between now and the end of September on a project coding Bilateral Labor Agreements (BLAs). BLAs are a form of international treaty that governs labor migration between two countries. We have collected treaties from around the world, and we are now looking to code the contents of these agreements, as well as locate electronic copies of some of our missing BLAs. This project would be especially good for students interested in international law, immigration law, labor law, human rights, or empirical legal studies. We are also looking for an RA with fluency in each of French, Spanish, German, or Arabic (most of the treaties are in English, but not all). Interested students should send a resume and a description of their availability to Professor Adam Chilton (adamchilton@uchicago.edu).

Pro Bono Opportunity

The Intensive Trial Practice Workshop (ITPW) is seeking a few more 1Ls to be jurors for the Workshop’s mock trials on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the Law School. Jurors will be required to be at the Law School no later than 8:30 AM on Saturday, September 18. The trials will conclude no later than 1:00 PM. If you are interested, please fill out our form. If you need more information or have questions, please contact Professor Erica Zunkel at ezunkel@uchicago.edu.

If you have questions about any of the above programs or to-do items, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office. We are more than happy to be of help and so excited that you will join us in just a few more weeks.

Sincerely,

Charles N. Todd
Dean of Students
The Law School
cntodd@uchicago.edu

September 7 – Autumn 2021 Course Schedule, Ordering Textbooks

UChicago Law Student Services
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Your Autumn 2021 Course Schedule is Available

Please check the my.uchicago.edu site for your Autumn 2021 course schedule. To confirm the books needed for a course in my.uchicago.edu, click on the "Class Search" link, enter a course name, number, or instructor name, scroll to the bottom of the course information and click on the "Barnes and Noble" link.

Order Textbooks From Campus Store

The University of Chicago Bookstore is open Mon-Fri 9:00 am-5:30 pm for in-store shopping. You may also order your 1L books online at uchicago.bncollege.com for domestic or abroad shipping. If shipping abroad, please allow approximately 2 weeks for delivery.

Book Pick-Up at Orientation!

Books and materials ordered through the bookstore website by Friday, September 10 at midnight, will be available for pick-up at the Law School Orientation on Monday, September 13 between 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Select “Store Pick-Up” on the order site to have your 1L books available for easy pick-up in the Law School Green Lounge.

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