About the Law School

The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America's great cities, Chicago offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to the life of the mind. Learning is participatory. Chicago does not seek to impose a single viewpoint or style of thought on its students. Instead, our faculty exposes students to contrasting views, confident in students' abilities to choose their own paths.

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President Theodore Roosevelt presided over the ceremony for the laying of the original Law School building cornerstone on April 1, 1903.

History of the Law School

The Law School opened its doors in 1902, twelve years after the founding of the University of Chicago. It has been an innovator in legal education ever since.

Law School history

Let’s Make a Deal, Good Sir

The Hiring of the Law School’s First Faculty

The story of the Law School’s birth—or snippets of it, anyway—lives in a small stack of 112-year-old correspondence exchanged between the University of Chicago’s first president, William Rainey Harper, and the elite scholars he was recruiting as faculty.

Law School history

Fragments of the Law

How a 1997 Student Lecture Series Mixed Wit, Wisdom, and the UChicago Way

Law School history

Through the Eyes of a Nobel Laureate’s Wife

A Small Piece of the New Ronald Coase Papers Offers an Up-Close View of a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience

Law School history

The Law Library on the Cusp of the Digital Age

Law School history

For the Shame of Rose of Aberlone

Remembering the Rhymes of Brainerd Currie

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Law School Art & Architecture

Our mid-century modern building was designed by famed architect Eero Saarinen.