University of Chicago Law School

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The University of Chicago Law School, having recently celebrated its centennial in the 2002-2003 school year, has established itself as a high profile part of the University of Chicago. It is ranked 6th overall in the U.S. News & World Report graduate school rankings, with its student body ranking 5th in the nation. Additionally, Chicago's faculty has the highest per capita article citation rate of any American law school. The Law School is also notable for having the third highest gross and second highest per capita placement of alumni as U.S. Supreme Court clerkships, with roughly 15-25% of each graduating class going on to clerkships at the federal or state level. Private career prospects are equally bright for graduates, placing highly into elite firms. The school awards the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, having been the first American law school to do so, as well as the L.L.M., J.S.D and D.Comp.L solely to foreign trained lawyers. The Law School is well-known for its advancement of the application of social science to the law. A significant movement in jurisprudence began at the law school when Aaron Director initiated the first modern systemic investigation between the intersection of law and economics, an area in which the law school's faculty figure prominently.

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University of Chicago Law School Admissions

University of Chicago Law School is considered a Moderately Competitive law school, which accepts only 22% of its applicants. Comparatively, Chicago is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2026 4111 900 (21.89%) 183 (4.5%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.69 3.90 3.97
LSAT 166 170 172

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $58,065 $58,065
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $24,564
  • Living off-campus: $24,564
  • Living at home: $24,564

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 03/01
  • Application Fee: $75

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University of Chicago Law School Community

University of Chicago Law School is considered to have a Highly Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Chicago is Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 67
  • Part Time: 79


  • # Female Faculty: 49
  • # Minority Faculty: 17


9.2 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

University of Chicago Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. University of Chicago Law School 1L section size is 13% larger than law schools in Illinois and 23% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

University of Chicago Law School: 190
Illinois Average: 166
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 160
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 256

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 20
  • Law Journals: 148
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 2.1%
  • Second Year: 1.4%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

University of Chicago Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The University of Chicago Law School class of 2021 had an employment rate of 98% with 0% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2021, 76.4%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 65.0%
  • Business: 6.0%
  • Government: 5.0%
  • Public Interest: 6.0%
  • Academia: 0.0%
  • Illinois: 31%
  • New York: 19%
  • California: 15%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 76.4%
  • First Time Takers: 199
  • Average School: 92.1%
  • Average State: 79.3%
  • Pass Difference: 12.8%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Illinois: 85.4%
  • Passed: 71 of 73 (97.3%)
  • State Average: 79.3%
  • Difference: 11.9%