Summer Letters for Incoming Students

You are officially a member of the Class of 2022! 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
  • Tuition
  • Transportation and Parking
  • and much more!

May 25 — Dean’s Welcome Letter

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Dear Class of 2022

Welcome to the University of Chicago Law School. I, together with our faculty and administrators, 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, and 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. We will provide you with the information you may need on a variety of topics from our 70+ student organizations to instructions for obtaining your student identification.

Please mark your calendars for Orientation, which begins Thursday, September 19, 2019, and runs through Friday, September 27, 2019. Orientation is an essential part of your entrance to the Law School community and we look forward to introducing you to each other as well as to our community.

We are eagerly anticipating your arrival. 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 2022. 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

June 3 — Dean of Students' Welcome Email

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Dear Class of 2022,

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Chicago Law School. I am excited you will be joining our community, and look forward to supporting your academic journey over the next three years.  

While Orientation and the first day of classes may seem far away, they will be here before you know it. Following is information that you need to know as you prepare for your life at UChicago.

Orientation

The Law School Orientation begins on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Registration begins at 8:00 AM. After settling in and meeting your classmates, you will have opportunities to hear from Dean Miles, faculty and staff as well as familiarize yourself with a variety of Law School resources and even take your group class photo. We will also provide you with plenty of opportunities to socialize over the following few days, including a boat cruise dinner on the Chicago River.

Kapnick Leadership Development Initiative

An important part of Orientation is called the Kapnick Leadership Development Initiative. Kapnick provides leadership training, giving you opportunities to improve your interpersonal and communication skills as well as strengthen your ability to work in teams. Kapnick will stretch your problem solving abilities with our challenge course and improv exercises. Kapnick and Orientation conclude on Friday, September 27.

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.

CNetID and UChicago Email

You need to create your CNetID by June 28. 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 social security number or student ID number, which can be found on the upper right-hand side of this letter. You must create your CNetID by June 28.

2FA

As part of efforts to keep personal and institutional information secure, the University of Chicago now 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 number, to make UChicago information and your online identity less vulnerable to misuse. If you have already claimed your CNetID but have 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 or call 773.702.6000.

Summer To-Do List & Communications

This is the first of many communications from the Law School that you will receive over the next few months. The next communication, arriving the week of June 10, will include introductions from our two student Orientation Directors, Christian Price and Rebecca Ritchie.

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.

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 call 773.834.4279 or email us any time at deanofstudents@law.uchicago.edu.

Once again, congratulations and welcome! I hope you have a wonderful summer and I look forward to seeing you in September.

Warmest regards,

Charles N. Todd
Dean of Students
The Law School

June 11 — Welcome from your Orientation Directors

Christian Price and Rebecca Ritchie

Hello, class of 2022! Welcome to UChicago Law—we are so excited that you’ll be joining us in a few months, and we can’t wait to meet you! We are your Orientation Directors, and in advance of the start of your orientation experience, we wanted to virtually introduce ourselves. 

CHRISTIAN - My name is Christian Price, I’m a rising 2L at UChi Law, and I‘m originally from Tacoma, Washington (PNW PRIDE!!!).  A fun fact about me is that I lived in Tokyo, Japan for a year and a half, so if you ever want to talk about experiences abroad, I’m up for it! 

Prior to law school, I worked for three years in a variety of roles within higher education at both the high school and collegiate level. My personal goal for Orientation, which is based on my experiences working in higher education prior to law school, is for you to really become a part of our community quickly and get to know your peers and our school as a whole. Overall, we are looking forward to having an exciting and fun time with all of you during orientation!

REBECCA - My name is Rebecca Ritchie, and I’m a rising 3L. I’m originally from the suburbs of Chicago, and I’m very happy to be back in this awesome city! My fun fact—I love playing the trumpet, and I’m a member of the University Wind Ensemble. Prior to law school, I worked for a year at a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., where I helped run programs for college students interested in attending public policy workshops and facilitating discussion on their campuses. 

I chose to be involved in Orientation this year because my own Orientation experience was so positive. Starting a new experience in a new place with few familiar faces was intimidating to me, and I was so appreciative of the warmth and community feel I immediately discovered at the beginning of Orientation. Christian and I want your experience to be just as positive, and we want you to be able to begin your 1L year with a strong foundation of community and friendship. If there is anything we can do to facilitate that or to generally make your experience more enjoyable, please do not hesitate to let us know!

We also wanted to give you a brief overview of what to expect during Orientation, as well as for communication from us for the rest of the summer. As you have already heard, your Orientation begins on September 19 and runs through September 27. You should expect to be busy every day during that period, with the exception of Sunday, September 22. The exact details of the Orientation schedule are still a work in progress, but we assure you that it will be packed with fun! If you have any concerns about timing or the events during orientation, please don’t hesitate to let us know even before you receive the detailed schedule. You can expect to receive a detailed schedule in early August. 

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

  • If you haven’t done so already, please join the UChicago Law 2022 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 reply to this email with your cell phone number if you would like to be added to a group chat for your class. We have set up a GroupMe 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). But don’t worry, we will leave the group once the school year starts! If you don’t have GroupMe and would like to be a part of the group chat, you can download the app here.
  • Learn more about us and all of our student Orientation Leaders for this year.
  • Continue to follow the summer To-Do list and watch for new updates.

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, 

Christian Price
Class of 2021

Rebecca Ritchie
Class of 2020

June 20 — Welcome from the Admissions Office

The admissions team

Dear Class of 2022,

We met you at forums, fairs, panels and campus visits. We read your files and marveled at all you have accomplished. We interviewed you over Skype and could not wait to host you on campus for Admitted Students Weekend. Now it is our unique pleasure to welcome you to the University of Chicago Law School community.

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. Please feel free to visit us on the third floor (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 2023! Our Student Admissions Committee (SAC) is a volunteer student organization that assists with campus visits, recruiting and Admitted Students Weekend. Please consider joining when you arrive here in the fall!

We wish you all the best with your legal education and beyond. We will be there with you every step of the way—and most especially in the Spring Quarter when we will be asking for ASW hosts. Who doesn’t love a free air mattress?

In the meantime, enjoy your summer (and do not forget about the Summer To-Do List - four items are due by June 28)!

All the best,

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

July 2 — Diversity & Inclusion at the Law School

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Dear Class of 2022,

Congratulations and welcome to the University of Chicago Law School! I send my warmest greetings as the new Director of Diversity and Inclusion. At UChicago Law, our educational approach is our enthusiasm for ideas, and the belief that ideas matter and are worth discussing. Learning at the Law School is therefore participatory and often passionate. The approaches we take succeed only when our community includes people of diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and perspectives, and when all people within our community feel welcome and able to bring their ideas and experiences into these discussions.

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 2019

We are excited to offer a new 5-day on-campus, pre-orientation experience designed to strengthen the academic, professional, and interpersonal skills of diverse incoming students. The program takes place Monday-Friday, September 9-13, 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.

Program Benefits
  • Introduction to 1L Legal Education: Participants will receive modified 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 $400 stipend for program completion.

Application Deadline: July 15

For more information and to apply »

Law School Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

Inclusive Orientation Activities: In the interest of facilitating conversations about important legal issues across viewpoints, the Law School faculty and the Office of the Dean of Students have organized three newly enhanced workshops that demonstrate our commitment to fostering an inclusive student climate. It is our hope that these activities will create meaningful dialogue as you embark on your 1L journey. 

  • Inclusive Leadership & Implicit Bias – A conversation and workshop on topics including: lawyers as leaders, why diversity matters, and diversity & implicit bias in the academic and legal profession.
  • Hearing One Another Workshop – Provides an opportunity for incoming 1L students to better appreciate the richness of one another’s identities and start developing conversation habits that can promote more meaningful interactions and a stronger sense of belonging.
  • Chicago Day of Service – A group training and service opportunity to introduce incoming 1L students to the city of Chicago. This day of service will begin with a training on entering, engaging, and exiting communities appropriately, followed by an opportunity to serve those who share this community with UChicago.  

Affinity Student Organizations: The 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 »

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 are styled after the faculty weekly roundtables, where faculty members gather over lunch to discuss various topics of legal and societal import. Discussions are limited to 8-12 students, and registration is required for participation.

View past roundtable discussions »

Campus-Wide Diversity and Inclusion Resources

The 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 few initiatives that you should explore prior to your arrival:

  • 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.
  • Center for Identity and Inclusion - Creates intentionally diverse and inclusive communities by engaging students and members of the University community to ensure personal, academic, and professional growth and success.
  • Office of LGBTQ Student Life - Serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, and questioning students and allies from across the University.
  • 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.

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. However, we will only achieve this mission with your commitment and participation. 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,

Christopher A. Clarke
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
The Law School

July 11 — Student Life at the Law School

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Dear Class of 2022

Welcome to the University of Chicago! As the Associate Director of Student Affairs and Programming, I invite you to get involved in the life of the Law School outside of your work in the classroom. Joining Law School Student Organizations are one important 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 Organizations

At the University of Chicago Law School, you can get involved in 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 an organization that speaks to your interests? Start your own! New student organizations 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 supported by the 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 organizations both within the Law School and across the wider campus. Please mark your calendar for the LSSO Fair on Thursday, October 3 at the Law School. For a preview of campus-wide organizations, plan to visit the Registered Student Organization Fair on Friday, October 4 on the main campus quadrangle.

List of Law School Student Organizations »

Orientation Week Social Events

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

On Friday, September 20, there will be a Chicago River Cruise that offers spectacular views of the downtown area, along with music, food and beverages. On Monday, September 23, we will enjoy a night of fun and games at Punch Bowl Social Chicago, an awesome 30,000 sq. ft. venue with shuffleboard, bowling, ping pong, and more. At this event you will be joined by 2L and 3L students and leaders of a few of the Law School’s student organizations.

Finally, 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 Thursday, September 26 in the Harold J. Green Lounge at the Law School.

Reminder: Pre-Orientation Program 2019

Don’t forget to consider participation in our new 5-day on-campus, pre-orientation experience designed to strengthen the academic, professional, and interpersonal skills of diverse incoming students. The program takes place Monday-Friday, September 9-13, 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.

Application Deadline: July 15

For more information and to apply »

Optional Law School Preparatory Course

The JumpStart Preview and Preparation Program (JumpStart) is organized and hosted by the Chicago Consortium of Law School Diversity Professionals, an organization of legal education professionals who oversee outreach and diversity efforts at their respective Chicago-area law schools, including creating programming that is particularly geared towards students from diverse backgrounds. JumpStart runs August 8-10 this year.

Application Deadline: July 22

For more information and to apply »

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 or call 773.702.6000.

Information Technology

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 Law School IT Department details the recommended configurations for laptops. Do not hesitate to contact David Gulbransen, Director of IT, at dgulbran@uchicago.edu with any questions.

As always, information included in this communication is 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 call 773.834.4279 or email us any time at deanofstudents@law.uchicago.edu.

Sincerely,

Robin Graham
Associate Director of Student Affairs and Programs
The Law School

August 1 — Academic Resources & Registration

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Dear Class of 2022

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 classes each quarter of your 1L year, with the exception of your spring elective. Autumn quarter classes include Elements of the Law, Criminal Law I, Civil Procedure I, and Torts I. 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 9 - there is nothing else you need to do for registration.

More information on the 1L courses »

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 19, 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. Later that day you will be broken into your Bigelow groups and rotate through a series of smaller sessions including one with the library services team. On Friday, September 20 you will 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.

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 had lunch with their Big Siblings every few weeks, while others found it helpful to meet once a quarter.

Students interested in participating in the Big Sibling program should sign up by Friday, August 30 at 5:00 PM.

Register for Big Sibling Program »

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 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 30, 2019. 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 »

Final Transcript Reminder

This is your final reminder that we need your official, final transcript sent to us 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 Friday, August 30.

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.

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

August 22 — Financial Aid at UChicago Law

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Dear Class of 2022,

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

Please review the helpful information guide we have provided for you below and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  

Office Locations

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, help with concerns, and if need be, direct you to the appropriate office outside the Law School.  

Graduate Financial Aid (GFA) is located at 1115 S. 58th Street, Walker 309. GFA processes your student loans, conducts entrance and exit loan counseling for federal loans, disburses federal student loan funds, and services and collects all institutional loan programs.

Bursar’s Office is located at 6030 S. Ellis Avenue, Edelstone Center, 2nd Floor. 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.

Funding Information

Loans normally disburse to your tuition account one week before the start of each quarter.  Funds are typically available within the next day 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.

All students are automatically enrolled in UChicago EBill/EPay, which enables you to receive your 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 2019-2020 academic year is $100,080; please see the Cost of Attendance for the complete breakdown. Some students may have expenses not covered by the standard budget; please review the Budget Appeal section on GFA’s website for additional information.  

The Loan Change Form is required to increase your loans and the Student Budget Appeal Form is required to increase your student budget; please allow 4 to 6 weeks for processing. Please note Emergency Loan Funding is available; see the Law School’s Financial Aid Office for additional information.  

Outside Scholarships

The Financial Aid Office provides a listing of Outside Scholarships online. The Office of Career Services also includes outside scholarships in their weekly job postings email.

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 mid-April and receive funds in mid-June.

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.  

Wishing you all the best!

Michelle Ortiz Wortel, Director of Financial Aid

Donita Cook, Financial Aid Analyst

August 29 — Orientation To-Do Items

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Dear Class of 2022

We are less than a month away from Orientation. The entire student services team at the Law School is very busy preparing for your arrival. Now is the time for you to complete a few more summer “to-do” items in order to finalize the Orientation schedule.

Orientation Preference Form

Throughout Orientation there will be opportunities for you to engage in small group activities. In order for us to assign you to these groups, please complete our Orientation Preferences Form. This form will determine assignments for the Mini-Greenbergs, the Engage Chicago Day, and Pro Bono training. This form must be completed no later than 12:00 PM on Monday, September 9.

Due by Monday, September 9 »

Mini-Greenbergs

Among the many interdisciplinary opportunities at the Law School are the Greenberg Seminars. These for-credit courses meet in faculty homes and talk about the law in its broad societal and intellectual context. During Orientation, we give you a taste of this academic tradition with our Mini-Greenberg Seminars on Friday, September 20.

Engage Chicago Day

As part of Orientation, the Law School has partnered with the University Community Service Center to host Engage Chicago on Saturday, September 21. This event provides community service training and will introduce you to a variety of community organizations throughout Chicago.

Pro Bono Training

The Law School believes that members of the legal community have a professional obligation to provide quality legal services to the under-represented. To get you started, we invite a number of legal organizations onto campus that offer pro bono opportunities for students. Our pro bono training activity will take place on Monday, September 23.

Lakefront Walk / Run / Meditation

When you complete the Orientation Preference Form you will have the opportunity to register for an optional wellness focused activity. On Saturday, September 28, you will be able to meet up at the Point in Hyde Park with some 2Ls and 3Ls to walk or run along the incredible Lake Michigan trails. Another option is to sit and enjoy the morning at the Point.

Kapnick Leadership 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, leadership challenges, and social events.

Kapnick will kick-off with the Leadership Orientation Retreat on Wednesday, September 25. 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.

Complete waiver by Wednesday, September 18 »

Schiff Hardin Elements of Lawyering Reception

Join your fellow classmates on Tuesday, September 24 from 5:00 - 6:30 PM at the Willis Tower for a reception hosted by Schiff Hardin LLP. Transportation to and from the event will be provided.

The Metropolitan Club, Willis Tower
233 South Wacker Drive, 66th Floor

RSVP by Monday, September 9 »

Entering Students Dinner

One of our time-honored traditions at the Law School is the Entering Student Dinner. This formal reception and dinner is hosted by the Dean and faculty in honor of the entering class of JD and LLM students. Business attire is recommended.

RSVP by Thursday, September 12 »

UChicagoGRAD Orientation

In addition to the Law School Orientation, entering students may also choose to attend the UChicagoGRAD Orientation on Tuesday, September 24. At these events over 1,500 incoming graduate and professional students from across the University will be welcomed through a series of events and social activities.

This event is optional.

Register by Thursday, September 12 »

Accommodations

If you plan on seeking disability accommodations, I hope you have already been in touch with the Student Disability Services (SDS) office. If you have not, please begin the process as soon as possible as sometimes the process may take several weeks. For more information, please visit http://disabilities.uchicago.edu or call 773.702.6000.

Student ID Card

Before classes begin, you should plan to pick-up your UChicago ID card. Your student ID will be used to access many campus spaces including many libraries, campus gyms, Student Health & Counseling, and to ride the free CTA buses and shuttles in Hyde Park. Please visit the Identity & Privileges office on the first floor of the Regenstein Library anytime between now and Orientation to pick-up your card.

More information on your UChicago Card »

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 16 — Orientation Final Instructions

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Dear Class of 2022,

We are excited to welcome you to campus on Thursday. As you prepare for the coming days, please review the detailed Orientation schedule.

Orientation Schedule »

Most importantly, please note that we will begin our first session on Thursday morning, September 19 very promptly at 9:00am. Please arrive in plenty of time for registration and breakfast so that we can begin this first session on time.

Dress Code

For most days you should plan to wear casual, comfortable clothes. On the first day, September 19, we will give you your class t-shirt during registration and ask you to change into it for the day. For September 20, we will ask you to wear your Bigelow section t-shirt, which we will also give you at registration. Any time we are going to be outdoors, we encourage you to consider bringing sunscreen or wearing a hat as the weather may be warm. Please note that business attire is recommended for both the Schiff Hardin Reception and for the Entering Students Dinner.

For more on recommended attire, please see page 5 in the full Orientation Program.


What to Bring

We will supply you with paper and a pen when you check-in at Orientation, so you do not need to bring much with you.

In an effort to reduce the environmental impact of plastic bottles, the Law School will not provide any pre-bottled beverages for 1L Orientation. Instead, a water bottle will be supplied to each student during check-in. The Law School is equipped with several water fountains to fill reusable water bottles.

Finally, please note that during your IT session (on either Sep 19 or 20) we will provide you with some hands-on training with your laptop. We encourage you to bring your laptop with you to this session in order to make the best use of your time. In order to determine which day you will have your IT session, please see page 8 in the full Orientation Program.

Readings

You have a number of reading assignments for Orientation. Please come each day having completed your assignments and be ready to discuss.

If you have questions or difficulty accessing any of the materials, please let us know.


Parking

Although the Law School has its own parking lot, the Law School lot is not open to student permit parking except for students with an approved accommodation. Free street parking is available around the Law School. Most nearby spots are taken by 8:00 AM each day. Beginning at 3:30 PM each afternoon and all day on the weekends, the Law School parking lot is open to the general public.

For more on parking, please see our Transportation page »


Public Transportation

Many UChicago students rely on public transportation (CTA) and University shuttles to commute around Hyde Park and to other parts of Chicago. The primary CTA bus routes servicing the campus community will be the 171 and the 172. Students can ride these buses free of charge with their University ID. The University also operates an extensive shuttle system that services the Law School and the rest of South Campus.

For more on buses, please see our Transportation page »


Course Textbooks

Information concerning books for each Autumn 2019 class are available via the Course Search page on the myUChicago website. Textbooks are available at the University Bookstore located at 970 E. 58th Street. Many students can also purchase books online. In addition, GreenBooks, a Law School student organization, sells used books. GreenBooks will host a sale at the Law School on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM in the Green Lounge.


Final Checklist

If you have not completed all of the summer "to-do" tasks, we encourage you to do so right away.

Please do not hesitate to be in touch if you have any questions that we have not already answered. We look forward to seeing you Thursday!

Warmest regards,

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