UChicago Careers in Law

UChicago Careers in Law (UCIL) is a non-selective program open to all students and alumni of the College who are interested in law. UChicago students from diverse backgrounds and majors have found the study and practice of law greatly rewarding. The program offers workshops, presentations, internships, and one-on-one advising, so that participants can explore various paths within the field and determine whether a career in law is right for them. UCIL also helps students prepare strong, successful applications to law school. 

About the Law Program

Application Advising 

Law school applicants—current students or alumni—can count on having as many appointments as they need during the law school admissions process, whether it is to review personal statements and resumes or to develop an application or financial aid strategy.  To make an appointment, log in to UChicago Handshake and select a time to meet with a UCIL adviser.

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 make career decisions. Learn more about exploring careers in law.

Law School Visits 

Law school admissions representatives from around the country visit each fall to help students learn more about specific schools. In addition, through the “A Day in the Life” trip across the Midway each year, students are given the opportunity to attend a law school class at the University of Chicago Law School, ask questions of an admissions representative, and visit with current students.

Law Scholars Program

The Law School Scholars Program is a special early admission opportunity to the UChicago Law School available only to members of the University of Chicago academic community. 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. This partnership offers our students a unique ability to pursue a legal education in the same rigorous, intellectual community they have already come to call home at one of the top-ranked law schools in the nation. Applicants must complete the application by December 1, and will receive an admissions decision by the end of December. Students admitted under the Program will be awarded a merit scholarship of at least $150,000.00 over three years. Please note, acceptance to the program is binding. 

Take a look at the UChicago Law Scholars brochure


Skill-building seminars are held throughout the year to encourage students’ professional development. In the past, UCIL has held a legal research seminar taught by the University of Chicago Law School librarians to jumpstart students’ knowledge of legal sources and research techniques.

Experiential Learning 

Through programs like the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program and the Alumni Board Externship Program, students have the opportunity to work with and learn from working lawyers. In the past four years, College-sponsored, law-related internships have almost doubled, and range from major law firms to public defenders’ offices to federal agencies.  Students can also consult with a UCIL adviser on applying for law-related jobs and internships.

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Please contact Bill Chamberlain, Program Director of UCIL, at