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.

Let’s Make a Deal, Good Sir: The Hiring of the Law School’s First Faculty

Throwback Thursday is a monthly feature offering glimpses into the Law School’s rich history. This is our first installment.

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Law School Art & Architecture

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