Law

UChicago Careers in Law

Welcome to UChicago Careers in Law (UCIL)!  We look forward to working with you. UCIL is open to all students and alumni of the College who are interested in exploring a career 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, treks, and one-on-one advising, so that students can explore various paths within the field and determine whether a career in law is right for them. UCIL also helps graduating students and alumni prepare strong, successful applications to law school. 

Meet with an Adviser I:  Advice About Pursuing a Career in Law

Is law school the right path for me?  How do I find out about what lawyers actually do?  Current College students and alumni should feel free to meet with Bill Chamberlain, Claudia Macias-Retson, or our Law Student Intern to start exploring a career in law. To make an appointment, log in to UChicago Handshake and select a time to meet with a UCIL adviser in person or by phone.

Meet with an Adviser II:  Law School 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 to review personal statements and resumes or to develop an application strategy.  To make an appointment, log in to UChicago Handshake and select a time to meet with a UCIL adviser in person or by phone.

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.

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 UChicago Law School’s Open House each year, students are given the opportunity to attend a law school class ask questions of an admissions representative, and visit with current students.

Chicago Law Scholars Program (CLS)

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 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.Applicants who are not admitted through the CLS program will be considered through the regular decision process.  . Please speak with a UCIL adviser if you have questions.

Take a look at the UChicago Law Scholars brochure

Workshops and Seminars 

Skill-building workshops and seminars are held throughout the year to encourage students’ professional development.  UCIL conducts a legal research and writing seminar taught by the U Chicago Law School librarians and the UCIL Program Director to jumpstart students’ knowledge of legal resources, research techniques, and legal memo writing.

Experiential Learning 

Through programs like the Jeff Metcalf Internship Program and the Alumni Board Job Shadowing 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 locate unpaid internships on their own can apply for Career Advancement internship grants.  Students can consult with a UCIL adviser on identifying and applying for law-related jobs and internships.

Treks

Each year UCIL organizes at least three treks in Chicago and other cities that highlight law schools and a variety of employers, from large law firms to government offices and nonprofits and from judges to public defenders, in those cities. Students gain experience in what the practice of law entails and make valuable connections with alumni and other attorneys.

Join UCIL

Stay up to date on UCIL events, programs, and job/internship opportunities by joining the listhost

Questions?

Please contact Bill Chamberlain, Program Director of UCIL, at wchamberlain@uchicago.edu, or Claudia Macias-Retson, Senior Assistant Director of UCIL, at cmacias@uchicago.edu.