The University of Chicago | Graduate Admissions

Juris Doctor (JD)

Division: Law School
Degree Type: JD 

Program Description

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. 

The Law School is known for the strength of our teaching and the quality of training that our students receive. Instead of focusing on a narrow practice area, the broad curriculum has significant depth in many different topical areas and emphasizes rigorous and interdisciplinary professional training. Our program is very flexible; we do not ask students to select a concentration or specialty at any point. Our curriculum offers over 170 different courses and seminars and provides students the academic freedom to tailor the curriculum to meet their needs. After completing the required first-year curriculum, students have complete flexibility in selecting their courses (though there are a few requirements that apply to all students). This broad and well-rounded approach prepares students for any path that their interests and careers may take, while providing the option to pursue a particular area of the law in more depth in a manner that fits individual needs.

Each year, we seek to create a community from among the best, brightest, and most academically oriented law school applicants. We are seeking students who are intellectually curious, lively, collegial, and rigorous in their academic approach. We want students who will take their legal education seriously without taking themselves too seriously. Because we are preparing students to enter a multi-faceted profession, we look for multi-dimensional students with a wide range of talents, backgrounds, experiences, and accomplishments. 

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Application Method

Applications should be initiated through the online application. Paper applications are not accepted.


Deadline for admissions and financial aid: December 1 (Early Binding Decision);  
February 1 (Regular Decision)

The Law School admits applicants once a year for the following Autumn Quarter. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.

Campus Visits

Campus visits and interviews are not required. Contact the department for more information.

Degree Objective

The Law School admits applicants only for the JD.

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application Form and Supplemental Form
  2. Non-refundable application fee
  3. 2-4 Letters of Recommendation
  4. LSAT and TOEFL Scores
  5. Resume
  6. Personal Statement
  7. Transcripts

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are emailed on a rolling basis starting in December. Direct all questions about your application directly to the admissions office.

Program Requirements

The JD program is a full-time, three-year program of study. The program consists of nine academic quarters; classes begin in September and end in early June. First-year law students take a required set of courses, as well as an elective, in Spring Quarter. In the second and third years, the only required course is a legal ethics course. In addition, students must take two courses with a substantial writing component. Students are otherwise free to choose from more than 170 courses offered in an academic year. 

Costs & Financial Aid

  • Tuition: $49,875
  • Medical Insurance: $2,466
  • Student Life Fee: $930
  • Room and Board: $13,590
  • Transcript Fee (one time): $45
  • Books: $1,755
  • Personal Expenses/Miscellaneous: $2,880
  • Transportation Expenses: $2,172
  • TOTAL: $73,713

Your Chicago legal education is an investment in your future. To help you make this investment, Chicago provides generous financial aid in the form of scholarships and loans.

Scholarships at the University of Chicago Law School are distributed on the basis of academic achievement, with consideration to need. Approximately half of our students receive scholarships and about 80 percent of students choose to take out loans.

Chicago also provides financial support for students who choose to work in public interest or government with our Loan Repayment Assistance Program and our Summer Public Interest Funding Program.


Admitted applicants are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships.