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Welcome to Careers in Law – we look forward to working with you! The Careers in Law program offers students one-on-one advising, workshops, panels, treks, internships, and more so that you can explore the various career paths within the legal field and determine whether a career in law is right for you. The program also helps students and alumni prepare strong, successful applications to law school.

UChicago students and alumni with diverse backgrounds and majors have found the study and practice of law to be greatly rewarding. Careers in law is open to all students and alumni of the College who are interested in exploring a career in the legal field.

Careers in Law Advising

Is law school the right path for me?  How do I find out about what lawyers actually do?  What steps can I take to better understand the legal profession and to position myself to be a strong applicant for law school?

Whether you are thinking about law for the first time or you know exactly what you want to do with your law degree, meet with the Careers in Law Program Director, Bill Chamberlain, or one of our dedicated Careers in Law advisers, to receive an individualized roadmap to your career goals.

Set up an in-person or virtual advising appointment through UChicago Handshake 

Law School Application Advising 

If you are a current student or an alum applying to law school, we are here to support you as you take the next step in launching your career in the legal field. Check out the law school application timeline and meet with a Careers in Law adviser to review your personal statement and resume, and to develop an application strategy.  

Set up an in-person or virtual advising appointment through UChicago Handshake

Law School Visits

Law school admissions representatives from around the country visit UChicago each fall to help students learn more about specific schools and gain insight into the application process.

UChicago Law School Open House

Each year, UChicago students interested in the UChicago Law School have the opportunity to meet with an admissions representative, attend a law school class, and visit with current students through the UChicago Law School Open House.

Chicago Law Scholars Program

The Chicago Law Scholars Program (CLS) is a binding early decision opportunity to attend the UChicago Law School available only to alumni of the College and to current fourth-year students. This program encourages College students and alumni to remain part of the UChicago community by providing applicants an early decision in the law school admissions process, as well as the prospect of substantial merit scholarships. 

Applicants must complete the application by December 1st and will receive an admissions decision by the end of December. Students admitted through CLS will be awarded a merit scholarship of at least $150,000.00 over three years.  Applicants who are not admitted through the CLS program will be considered through the regular decision process.  Please speak with a Careers in Law adviser if you have questions.

Take a look at the UChicago Law Scholars Brochure 

LSAT Prep Course

UChicago is partnering with Blueprint to provide an exclusive class for University of Chicago students and alumni at the incredibly low price of $650 ($948 off of the retail price!), which includes access to LSAC Prep Plus (a $99 value). The live online class will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Central Time from June 22, 2021 to September 14, 2021 (with additional Thursday night sessions on July 15 and August 12) and is ideal for those planning on taking the October LSAT exam. Find out more about Blueprint’s approach to LSAT preparation here and register here to receive access to the registration link the moment it goes live! Please reach out to Rob Cameron at rcameron@uchicago.edu with any questions. Once open, you will have until June 11 to register. 

Experiential Learning 

Internships

Through the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program, students have the opportunity to work with and learn from working lawyers. College-sponsored and employer-sponsored, law-related internships range from major law firms to public defenders’ offices to federal agencies.  

Students who secure unpaid internships on their own can apply for Career Advancement internship grants

If you have questions about identifying and applying for law-related jobs and internships, set up an appointment with one of our Careers in Law advisers.

Job Shadowing

Shadow an alumni in the legal field in-person or virtually for one to five days during the academic break periods and throughout the year through UChicago’s Job Shadowing Program. Shadowing a legal professional is a great way to build your professional skills and resume, and to see if a particular career path is right for you.

Treks

Each year, Careers in Law organizes at least three treks in Chicago and other cities, providing students with the opportunity to visit large law firms, government offices, nonprofits, judges, public defenders, and more. By participating in a law trek, you will have the opportunity to learn about what the practice of law entails and make valuable connections with alumni and other attorneys.

Career Exploration Panels

More than fifty lawyers participate in College-sponsored programming each year, enabling students to learn about specific practice areas in law as they begin to make career decisions. Learn more about exploring careers in law.

Workshops and Seminars 

Skill-building workshops and seminars are held throughout the year to encourage students’ professional development.  

Legal Research & Writing Seminar

Careers in Law conducts a legal research and writing seminar taught by the U Chicago Law School librarians and the Careers in Law Program Director to jumpstart students’ knowledge of legal resources, research techniques, and legal memo writing.

Law & Politics Track

The Law & Politics track is a selective, one-year program offered to rising second-, third-, and fourth-year students interested in attending law school to launch a career in politics. Selected students will receive specialized advising, mentorship from professionals in the field, and targeted programming. The track will culminate with each student submitting an individual or small-group capstone project such as a campaign speech, mock press conference, or debate.

This program is offered in coordination with campus partners including the Office of Civic Engagement, the Parrhesia Program for Public Discourse, and the Institute of Politics. Applications will open during the spring quarter.

Rising Attorneys Program

The Careers in Law team is proud to announce the new Rising Attorneys Program, which is dedicated to promoting the success of future law students, with a special focus on those from low-income families and underrepresented populations. The program is open to rising third- and fourth-year students and recent alumni who are planning to apply to law school within the next five years and can commit to taking the LSAT in October 2021. The program is open to all who meet the above criteria; those from underrepresented backgrounds and/or low-income families are particularly encouraged to participate. 

Cohort Benefits 

  • Receive free tuition to the UChicago-exclusive Blueprint LSAT prep class.  
  • Be paired with a mentor currently working in the legal field.  
  • Access to presentations and programming during the 2021-2022 academic year focused on how to succeed in law school.  

Cohort Requirements 

  • Attend the UChicago-exclusive Blueprint LSAT prep class, which will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Central Time from June 22, 2021 to September 14, 2021 (with additional Thursday night sessions on July 15 and August 12). 
  • Take the LSAT in October 2021.  
  • Attend monthly programming during the 2021-2022 academic year, to be held on Tuesday evenings approximately once a month.  
  • Expressed intention to apply to law school within the next five years.  

To learn about the application process and apply, please visit this link. Applications are due by 11:55 p.m. on May 24, 2021. Please contact Bill Chamberlain at wchamberlain@uchicago.edu or Rob Cameron at rcameron@uchicago.edu with any questions.

Join Careers in Law

Stay up to date on Careers in Law events, programs, and job/internship opportunities by signing up for the Careers in Law Newsletter 

Questions?

Please contact Bill Chamberlain, Program Director of Careers in Law, at wchamberlain@uchicago.edu or Robert Cameron, Assistant Director of Careers in Law, at rcameron@uchicago.edu